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New Open Competition to provide funded access to university space technologies and data

NEWS: Launch of SPRINT 2020 Open Competition for UK companies and English universities

Will help small businesses to collaborate with any English university and accelerate product and service development

The national SPRINT business support programme has launched a new 2020 Open Competition to provide funded opportunities for small businesses to work with English universities on space-enabled product or service development projects. Through this opportunity, UK companies can now collaborate with experts from any English university to accelerate product and service development through the commercial exploitation of space technologies and data.

The SPRINT 2020 Open competition will provide Innovation Vouchers of up to £50,000 to successful applicants to help fund collaborative projects between innovative UK companies and university partners that are currently outside the SPRINT university network. These projects will enable businesses to exploit space technologies and data from any English university in a wide range of commercial activities.

The competition will open on Monday 3 February 2020, expressions of interest should be received by Friday 6 March 2020 and the competition will close at 12pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

Ross Burgon, Head of the national SPRINT programme said: “Over 40 UK businesses have already signed up to the SPRINT programme to access funding for collaborative projects with our five university partners. The new 2020 Open Competition will run alongside the main SPRINT programme and its primary aim is to broaden the opportunities available to UK companies to access space-enabled technologies or data from any English university.”

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