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The UK Space Agency provides funding for a range of programmes run in conjunction with our academic, education and community partners. The funding processes are detailed below.

For more information about how the UK Space Agency is funded.

Space Science

A number of existing missions are currently funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). After 1 April 2011, space science missions and research will be funded by the UK Space Agency. The funding process begins with the submission of a Statement of Interest to the Agency and more information regarding the funding approval process can be found within our Space Science pages.

Visit the Aurora section of the website for information on the Aurora programme Announcement of Opportunity.  

Space Exploration

Aurora Science: national funding is available for science related to the Aurora space exploration programme. View more information.

CREST-2: national funding for Collaborative Research in Exploration Systems and Technology. View more information.

Community Grants

The UK Space Agency’s 'Space for All' community grant scheme supports groups using space for outreach, inspiration and learning. Details of successful applicants to date, with information about their projects can be found here.

View the 'Space for All' 2012/13 scheme.

Earth Observation

There are currently no open funding opportunities within the Earth Observation programme at the Agency.  If you are working in academia with an interest in Earth Observation you might wish to visit the Natural Environment Research Council.


The UK Space Agency is currently developing the National Space Applications Programme to be available later in 2013. This is identifying key public sector requirements in order to stimulate application development in cooperation with the Satellite Applications Catapult and other key programmes. For more information, visit our applications page.

The UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

The UK's thriving space sector contributes £9.1 billion a year to the UK economy and directly employs 28,900 with an average growth rate of almost 7.5%. (The Size and Health of the UK Space Sector 2010/11, preliminary survey results.)

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