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5G innovation specialists are being invited to apply for funding for two new projects to aid the UK Space Agency.

5G innovation companies looking to develop technologies, products, and services in 5G telecommunications can apply for funding associated with two projects: ‘Opening Space with 5G’ and ‘5G Hub at Harwell’.

These projects are product of the UK’s 2021 Space Strategy, looking to support the goal of developing the UK’s Satcom presence, and the UK’s £250m subscription to the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme in 2019.

ARTES is able to cover the deployment of components, services and system in space, on the ground and in the network. These 5G innovation opportunities are also match-funded, including up to 75 per cent for SMEs.

Applications should submit an initial expression of interest, before submitting proposals to the UK Space Agency and ESA. See below for more details on future deadlines.

The 5G innovation call comes from a UK Space Agency recognition of an increase in applications directly from, and collaborations including, companies not involved yet in space. Both industry and academia are invited to apply. The call offers an envelope of £8,000,000 to explore opportunities for the development of 5G technology and services that have applications beyond the space sector.

5G innovation companies interested in applying should submit initial expressions of interest by 21 October 2022, with proposals being due on 9 November, for a notification of outcomes on 2 December 2022.

5G Hub at Harwell is a UK Space hybrid 5G and satellite facility, and this 5G innovation call offers up to £1,000,000 for up to five projects (£200,000 per project maximum).

Business, academia and other researchers are invited to use the hub in experiments with 5G capabilities. This will allow firms to test 5G devices across a SA/NSA network and supports GEO and LEO connections.

The UK Space Agency will accept a wide variety of sectoral functions for their equipment, citing a non-exhaustive range of areas including healthcare, energy, CNI resilience and manufacturing.

The deadline for initial expressions of interest is 14 October 2022, with the deadline for full proposal submission the 31 October for a notification of outcomes on the 21 November.  For information about how to apply, please click here 

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