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General Support Technology Programme (GSTP)

6 April 2020

Technology support for organisations working to improve UK's space capabilities

The General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) is a European Space Agency (ESA) programme which the UK has used effectively over years to further its space technology capabilities.

Through the GSTP, the UK Space Agency is looking to engage with start-ups and SMEs (from both within and outside the space sector), as well as established companies and organisations. Collaborative proposals are also welcomed.

To encourage smaller companies and those who are considering working in the space sector, the UK Space Agency has utilised and engaged in an envelope programme.

The programme enables companies to de-risk their proposed project with a smaller fully-funded project of up to €200,000, which must be delivered within nine months.

The follow-on activity may be delivered in up to two phases and match-funding of up to 50 per cent will be required, which is subject to negotiation with the UK Space Agency.

How to apply
The application process for engaging with the GSTP team involves initially completing the Expression of Interest template. You will then be contacted to discuss your proposal and, where required, you will then be asked to submit a completed Statement of Interest document.

These proposals are reviewed and scored by a panel of multi-disciplinary UK Space Agency technology leads, with (when appropriate) a recommendation from the ESA Technical Department, which is usually when a de-risk activity is proposed.

For more information, see an overview of GSTP processes and procedures, including the programme guidance notes.

For any further enquiries, you can contact the GSTP lead Helen Roberts at