Who can apply?

  • UK Registered companies including at least one company members located in the UK.

  • New or existing companies less than 5 years old.

  • Demonstrable space connection

  • Viable business plan

How to apply

Step 1

Check your eligibility. If you’re unsure, visit ‘Who can apply’ for more information.

Step 2

Contact the team to discuss your application and the support we provide at as early as possible, ideally three months prior to the submission deadline

Step 3

Download the application forms and supporting documents.

Step 4

Join the application masterclass for tips and advice on completing your application.

Step 5

Arrange a time for the ESA BIC team to provide feedback on your application before the deadline by contacting your local representative or

Step 6

Submit your application by 23:59 on the deadline day.


To apply for the ESA BIC UK, you must have a strong and innovative space connection. This includes:

Downstream application of space technology in other fields:

  • Earth Observation
  • Satellite Communications
  • Satellite Navigation

or technology transfer from space (hardware, software, knowledge or IPR)

Upstream space
Exploiting new technology in the space domain, or supplying the space sector.

Read the ESA BIC UK Space Connection Assessment

The next application deadline is 1 September 2024.