Future Global Navigation Satellite Systems Concepts

Funding for a feasibility study to explore future Global Navigation Satellite Systems concepts.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value:
Application deadline:

Extended Description

The UK Space Agency will invest in a feasibility study to explore the challenges, innovation and future concepts of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

GNSS have become increasingly used to support basic society and security functions (internet, TV, smartphones, tagging, defence, etc). Until new technology replaces GNSS, they will remain a technology of strategic value.

This competition aims to identify innovative concepts in GNSS and will focus on their feasibility. Proposals should identify established and future concepts for GNSS services including, but not limited to:

  • Identification and understanding the potential of state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities.
  • Technical readiness and the opportunity for innovation.
  • Usage in several sectors.
  • Innovative implementation and operations.

As most GNSS are based on concepts developed more than 20 years ago, the UK Space Agency believes there is significant opportunity to innovate in this field.

Proposals should identify improvements in effectiveness and/or efficiency of GNSS systems and their usage. It can either develop original ideas or adapt successful technologies, techniques or processes from other cutting-edge science and technology fields, drawing on UK capabilities and expertise.

The successful bidder will carry out all aspects of the study. It must produce multiple outputs that demonstrate the feasibility of the concepts identified by the study, the UK Space Agency and its partners.

This competition will have two phases. Only applicants selected in phase 1A will be eligible for phase 1B, and all applicants are required to attend a mandatory industry day in London on 9 November 2017 to be eligible for 1B.

Eligibility Criteria

UK organisations of any size working alone or in collaboration with other UK organisations (including businesses, research base and third sector) are eligible to apply.

Applicants must attend the phase 1B briefing in London on 9 November 2017 and be prepared to take appropriate security measures in their project.

Value Notes

The small business research initiative (SBRI) process allows the UK Space Agency to fund 100% of the project’s costs.


Funding is not available for projects that:

  • Focus on market research.
  • Focus on management consultancy.
  • Do not offer significant innovation.
  • Offer only incremental improvements.

Application Procedure

This is a two-stage, confidential application process.

In phase 1A applicants must register and apply online to express their interest in phase 1B.

The deadline for submissions for stage 1A is 1 November 2017. Only applicants selected in phase 1A will be eligible for phase 1B.

Registration for the competition will close on 6 December 2017, with the competition closing a week later on 13 December.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 29 January 2018.

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