CEOI 11th EO Technology Call

The Centre for EO Instrumentation (CEOI) is pleased to announce the release of the 11th Call for EO Technology and Instrumentation Development Proposals.  We are looking to fund projects which will develop world-leading UK EO technologies for future operational or commercial missions, with a particular interest in technologies which will create export opportunities.  The total budget available for the Call is £3.4M with additional PV funds required from industrial bidders. 

Full proposals are due for submission by noon on 17th January 2018.

Successful proposals will identify the timeliness of the development and expect to generate a substantial return on investment. They will identify implementation opportunities through an in-orbit demonstration or other space mission, where targeted investment will significantly improve the likelihood of adoption of the technology by the mission(s). Proposals that raise TRL through deployment on CubeSats, HAPS or airborne demonstration are acceptable under this Call.

Bidders should propose activities which advance the development of EO instrument technologies to between TRL 5 and TRL 9, including further development of previous CEOI funded technologies. Proposals will need to be aligned to the UK Space Agency 'EO Technology Strategy'.  A copy can be obtained on request from Mrs Lisa Finch, CEOI Technology Call Administrator at lf107@leicester.ac.uk

The CEOI Call is open to industry, HEIs and other research organisations based in the UK. Collaborative proposals involving industrial and other partners of all types are strongly encouraged.

Organisations which wish to be considered as potential partners in a bid led by another entity should briefly describe the skills and/or capabilities that they could offer, in the pro-forma available through the link below.  Please email the completed partner pro-forma to Mrs Lisa Finch, CEOI Technology Call Administrator at lf107@leicester.ac.uk by 17:00 hrs on 24th November 2017.  Your information will be shared on this webpage, for prospective lead organisations and project partners to access.

Bidders may request a 30 minute confidential telephone conference for clarification of any parts of the Call with Professor Mick Johnson, CEOI Director and/or Dr Chris Brownsword, CEOI Technical Director at the following times:

  • Thursday 16 November 2017 between 09:30-12:30 (30 min slots)
  • Monday 20 November 2017 between 14.00-16:30 (30 min slots)
  • Thursday 23 November 2017 between 09.30-11:30 (30 min slots)

Please click on the following doodle poll link to secure a time slot.  If a suitable time is not available, please contact Mrs Lisa Finch, CEOI Technology Call Administrator at lf107@leicester.ac.uk who will try to organise an alternative.

https://doodle.com/poll/555zmnis5h5tgxgv

Bidders should provide CEOI with notification of their intention to bid by noon on 12th December 2017.  This will assist in preparing for the efficient evaluation of bids and ensure bidders can receive any related information during the bid period.

All information will be held in strict confidence.

Full details of the Open Call are contained in the 'Announcement of Opportunity' document, which is available here, together with the other bid documents:

To summarise timelines:

16 (am), 20 (pm),

or 23 (am) Nov 17

By appointment

Telephone Consultations

24 November 2017

17.00

Partner pro-forma due

12 December 2017

Noon

Intention to bid Form due

17 January 2018

Noon

Full Proposal due

From March 2018

 

Project commences

September 2019

 

Project completes

The Call is issued on behalf of the UK Space Agency by the CEOI Partners, who will also manage the selected projects on behalf of the Agency.

For further information on any aspect of the 11th CEOI Call, please contact Chris Brownsword, CEOI Technical Director.