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- August 14th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorised

SSGP logo14 August 2015 – The Space for Smarter Government Programme (via the UK Space Agency) is making up to £700,000 (inc VAT) available for new innovative technology solutions that contribute towards its goals of helping the public sector create sustainable operational services from satellite data and enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making.

A key goal of the programme is to also make use of existing investment in space and allow UK government to become first, intelligent customers for satellite products and services that could generate economic growth through export.

Operational users and their user requirements must be identified. Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) can assist in identifying appropriate end users.

This competition is particularly looking for new solutions that will lead to satellite-enabled services for the public sector in any of the following challenge areas:

  • Natural Hazard Risk Management
  • Environment
  • Local Authorities and or Devolved Administrations
  • Other

The competition will have two phases. Phase 1 has a total budget of £700,000 (inc VAT) and is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 5 months up to £80,000 (inc. VAT) per project.

Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that funding will be up to £500,000 (inc VAT) for each Phase 2 contract for up to 12 months.

Competition Update

Additional information has now been made available at under the section “Supporting documents & links” highlighting additional specific challenges from public sector users.

The attachment stipulates who the user is, what their challenges are and also if you are keen on applying for this specific challenge which Challenge Area you should select in your application.

For those interested in applying to the competition and wanting to know more about the work of the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), our website has been refreshed / updated (see and also includes a recent blog entry from me (see

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 September 2015. In order to apply you must register with the SBRI for the competition by 12.00 noon on9 September 2015 at

When you register you will be sent login details for the FTP site where you will be able to download the guidance documents, you will also be sent an application form with an assigned reference number. You will need this reference number for all subsequent enquiries.

Questions related to the Challenges themselves should be addressed directly to John Vesey or the SSGP team at

The application forms are suitable for ONE application only. If you intend to submit more than one application, or have any other questions about the application process please request further information from the Business Support Group (e-mail: / phone number: 0300 321 4357)