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The UK Space Agency Connectivity in Low Earth Orbit (C-LEO) Programme

General & Misc
Project Size:
£5 million to £20 million


The UK Space Agency has launched the Connectivity in Low Earth Orbit (C-LEO) programme,

committing up to £160 million over the next four years to foster innovative satellite

communications technology. This initiative aims to position the UK as a leader in the highvolume satellite constellation market and is part of a broader strategy to enhance the nation's

space sector.

Key Dates

• Opening Date: 27th March 2024

• Closing Date: 8th May 2024

• Expression of Interest Deadline: Midday, 8th May 2024

Funding Details

• Total Programme Funding: Up to £160 million

• Funding Available for This Call: Up to £60 million

• Individual Project Funding: Approximately £5 million to £20 million per project,

requiring match funding from applicants.

Programme Objectives

• Accelerate commercialisation and industrialisation in satellite technologies.

• Secure a sustainable share in global high-value contracts for UK firms.

• Enhance on-shore industrial capabilities in R&D for satellite constellations.

• Stimulate private sector investment in the UK satellite communications sector.

Strategic Alignment

The programme aligns with the National Space Strategy, focusing on:

• Unlocking growth in the UK space sector.

• Establishing the UK as a science and technology superpower.

• Developing resilient space capabilities and services.

Funding Routes

• National Grant Route: Direct grants from the UK Space Agency.

• ARTES Contract Route: Contracts awarded through the European Space Agency as part

of the ARTES programme.

Eligibility Criteria

• Must be a UK-based organisation with registration at Companies House.

• Must have a UK bank account for grant payments (payments in Sterling) or adhere to

ESA's conditions for contracts (payments in Euros).

Scope and Technology Focus

The grant targets innovative projects in five key technology areas:

• On-board processing

• Active antennas

• Optical inter-satellite links

• Networking and routing

• User terminals

These projects should aim to advance technology readiness levels from TRL 4-6 to TRL 7 or higher.

Application Process

Interested entities must submit an online expression of interest form by the specified deadline.

Match funding rates will vary based on the size and type of the applicant organisation.

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