2024 CEOI Collaboration and Creative Ideas Lab

Call for Applications to Participate in the 2024 CEOI Collaboration and Creative Ideas Lab


To offer a space for exploration of new research ideas, develop new collaborations and an opportunity to apply for project funding. We want to encourage participants to think innovatively about Earth observation technology challenges and solutions. There will be a competitive process for CEOI seed-corn funding as part of the Lab.

Who is it for?

Participation is open to early career researchers working in academia, industry or other research institutions based in the UK.

We are looking for:

  • Enthusiastic people able to communicate across disciplines and bring a range of perspectives.
  • A diversity of backgrounds.
  • Participants who will be able to attend all the events.

Applicants will be selected based on information provided in their application form and cover letter that demonstrates:

  • Potential to build collaborations beneficial to EO instrumentation technology research.
  • Potential to contribute to career development.
  • Eligibility for seed-corn project funding (please note PhD students are not eligible to receive funding).

What will I get out of it?

  • Participate in a supported, professionally facilitated process to develop new collaborations and ideas.
  • Develop your professional network outside of your own institution.
  • Benefit from input and feedback from peers and mentors.
  • Gain experience in developing funding proposals and pitches.
  • Potential to be the Principal Investigator on a grant.
  • Learn more about innovative online meeting techniques to inform future online collaborations.

Further details

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) invites applications from early career researchers to participate in an Earth observation technology themed Collaboration and Creative Ideas Lab. This call, released on 9 July 2024, is open to early career researchers working in academia, industry or other research institutions based in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to experience the process of building collaborative relationships, generating new ideas, proposing and running small projects. The Lab will take the form of a series of professionally facilitated online workshop sessions, culminating with the opportunity to win up to £15k of seed-corn funding per project to explore your ideas further. Project teams will receive guidance throughout the process from experienced mentors.

The Lab workshop sessions will run in October 2024, with a participant briefing on 27 September.

  • Workshop 1 on 11 October.
  • Workshop 2 on 18 October.
  • Workshop 3 on 25 October.
  • Workshop 4 on 1 November.

Projects arising from the workshops must be completed by 14 February 2025.

On 18 and 19 February there will be a residential Writers’ Retreat where results from the projects will be written up and shared with the workshop group, the mentors, the CEOI Leadership Team and UKSA. A final report from each project will be due on 14 March 2025.

By responding to this call you will be committing to participate in the briefing, all of the Lab workshop sessions and, if you are involved in a seed-corn project, the residential Writers’ Retreat. It is anticipated that the review of participant applications will be completed by mid-September 2024, with applicants notified shortly afterwards.

Please note that attendance of the Lab does not guarantee project funding.

Please make sure you have read and understood the Call for Applications document before submitting an application.

Applicants should make their submission by email to ceoiadmin@le.ac.uk before 12.00 BST on Friday 9th August 2024.

Application Documents:

Call for Applications

Application Proforma

Full CEOI Grant Agreement Document (including Award Letter and Terms and Conditions)

Agreement Terms and Conditions only

Model Teaming Agreement