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SPRINT to host National Space Strategy residential event to award funding for new space research projects

NEWS: Funding awarded at National Space Strategy residential event

Will be held from 27-28 April in Leicester

The national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme is running a two-day, national sandpit event for UK academics, SMEs and other non-academic stakeholders from 27-28 April 2022. The residential event is aimed at developing new space research projects to be funded by SPRINT, aligned to the National Space Strategy priorities.

Over the course of the two days, participants will discuss and devise proof of concept (POC) project ideas for review. These projects will focus on one of the following five themes:
• Fighting climate change with space technology
• Improving public services with space technology
• Satellite-enabled global communications for civil and defence applications
• In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacture
• UK Launch Capability

A panel will then award funding of approximately £10,000 each for a minimum of three two-month projects to fund the academic partner in the team.

The event will be held at College Court in Leicester. Participants can register at Please note that accommodation costs shall be covered for all attendees to facilitate attendance and one attendee from each applicant organisation shall be eligible for reimbursement of travel funds.

The event is part of a programme of activities that SPRINT is delivering following a recent agreement with the UK Space Agency to support collaborations with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and SMEs.

Rain Irshad, Head of the national SPRINT programme said: “This SPRINT activity is designed to facilitate SME and HEI partnerships in supporting the priority areas identified by the National Space Strategy. By holding this residential event to foster new collaborations, and stimulate new ideas and solutions, we intend to help the delivery of the UK Space Agency goals to support innovation through collaborative knowledge exchange projects which accelerate the sustainable growth of the UK space companies involved.”


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