In 2021, HM Government published its National Space Strategy. Its first goal is to grow and level up our space economy. To achieve this, interventions unlocking growth in the UK space sector include nurturing talent and inspiring the next generation into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Under its ten-point plan, an initiative to upskill and inspire our future space workforce will contribute to growth.
The UK Space Agency helps to deliver the National Space Strategy. As described in its Corporate Plan 2022-25, part of the Agency’s Value Proposition and role is to champion space and inspire STEM education and lifelong learning. Delivering against the National Space Strategy’s ten-point plan, the Agency’s Inspiration delivery priority aims to inspire young people to pursue STEM education and attract talent to the UK space sector.
Under our Inspiration Priority, we are making at least £500,000 available* under this scheme during this comprehensive spending review period ending 31 March 2025. This will be an extremely competitive process in which we seek to offer grants likely to be between £50,000 and £100,000 for each award.
Our aim is to:
- develop new ways to reach young people from all backgrounds, that are modern and relevant to the technologies they are accustomed to, their values and social environments;
- encourage young people to pursue STEM education by using the exciting and inspiring context of space;
- increase the prevalence of regular, long-standing interventions and projects in the UK that will make a lasting impact on the choices of young people;
- inspire, support, engage and encourage students throughout their academic and social journeys into the world of work;
- sustain students through periods where they may otherwise be unsupported and lose focus and interest in STEM.
*Additional funding may be available subject to business case approvals.