UK Space Agency and NHS England Competition

Key Features

Up to £4 million available for as many as four applications of technology originally designed for space that could improve NHS treatment.

Programme:     UK Space Agency

Award:     Share of up to £4 million

Opens: 10th Aug 2018

Closes: 30th Sep 2018

! This scheme is now closed


In the joint initiative with NHS England, innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space, from exploration to satellite communications, into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.


The competition has 4 categories:

  • Managing long term conditions including joining up health and care services
  • Earlier diagnosis of cancer
  • Transforming GP services and other primary care
  • Meeting mental health needs

Ideas can be entered into one, or more, categories.

Ideas may be totally new, or ideas that are already in use that could be rolled out across NHS England.

All ideas must utilise Space, or data coming from space. These assets do not have to be used at all times (for example terrestrial communications may be used, supported by satellite connectivity where a terrestrial connection is not available) but must play a part in the solution.

Entrants may enter more than one idea into the competition.

Funding Costs

Ideas may be funded at 75% for SMEs or at 50% for large business. The remaining cost of development can be met with cash, or with in kind contributions.

To find out more about this competition, please click here to view the page.