Key features: Support for 10 to 12 KTP projects of between six and 36 months, helping to translate the UK’s academic strengths in this area into commercial success.
Programme: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Opens: 15 Sep 2014, 00:00
Registration closes: No deadline
Closes: 11 Feb 2015, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Innovation in the space sector
Innovate UK and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are jointly investing up to £1.3m to help UK companies establish new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the space sector.
This targeted competition for KTPs will support 10 to 12 KTP projects of between six and 36 months, helping to translate the UK's academic strengths in this area into commercial success.
The aim is for businesses to gain the research-driven knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions, in line with the UK's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS). Companies will then be better placed to exploit the expanding global space market.
Where businesses are developing ‘upstream' projects in satellite and satellite instrument manufacture, these should generally be aligned with the National Space Technology Strategy.
‘Downstream' projects, including applications, must identify a specific need linked to a defined market/endproduct, or must clearly bridge the gap between upstream development and downstream use.
We will also support projects – upstream or downstream – that draw on expertise outside the space sector, such as in the technology of the target market or technology transfer from other domains.
We will fund part of the cost of running the KTP project, with the level of grant depending on the size of the company. Project costs vary with the average being around £60k a year, of which an SME might contribute about one-third, but this depends on the individual project.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis.
There will also be a bursary fund for a number of KTP associates from the cohort to attend the International Space University (ISU) summer school.
This competition opens on 15 September 2014 and is open on a rolling basis for applications until noon on 11 February 2015.
A briefing/launch event for potential applicants will be held at the University of Leicester on 23 September 2014. Register for the briefing/launch event.
Funding allocation and project details
We have allocated up to £1.3m to fund projects that address the challenges outlined in the scope. STFC will also consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis. We will fund part of the cost of running each KTP, with the level of grant depending on the size of the company.
KTP is open to all UK companies and the UK-wide research base. As an example, a small or medium-sized enterprise might contribute around a third of the project costs, with the remainder being paid as grant. Larger companies generally receive a lower level of funding.
Annual project costs will vary, depending on the type and duration of project, but the average is currently around £60k. Projects will last between six and 36 months. The grant is paid through the academic partner.
Your local KTP adviser will be able to provide more details on funding levels.
Aside from the direct benefits to the three partners from involvement in a KTP we support knowledge sharing between KTPs. For example, we stage events that bring the KTPs together, providing information-sharing through our _connect networking platform, and introducing KTPs to partners in other types of funded innovation projects.
There will also be a bursary fund for a number of KTP associates from the cohort to attend the International Space University (ISU) summer school and we will encourage engagement with UK Students for Exploration and Development of Space.
- Open for applications 15 September 2014
- Briefing/launch event, Leicester 23 September 2014
Deadline for applications to be considered at next available Partnership Approvals Group meeting
- 1 October 2014 noon
- 19 November 2014 noon
- 11 February 2015 noon
For more information about your eligibility for KTP or the suitability of projects for this competition please contact your KTP regional adviser or local university KTP office.