UKSA’s International Partnership Programme

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is an award-winning >£30 million per year space for sustainable development initiative which utilises the UK space sector’s capabilities in satellite technology and data services to deliver measurable and sustainable economic, societal and/or environmental benefits in partnership with developing countries.  

Since 2016, IPP has grant-funded 43 projects in 47 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America to develop space-based solutions which tackle global development challenges such as climate and disaster resilience, food security, maritime issues, disease forecasting, and improving access to financial services, whilst facilitating new trade opportunities for the UK space sector. 

IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).  This £1.5 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) fund supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.  ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote long-term sustainable development and growth in countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.  IPP is ODA compliant, being delivered in alignment with UK Aid Strategy and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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International Partnership Programme Portfolio

An overview of the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme and its portfolio of projects. The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a 5 year, £30 million per year programme run by the UK Space Agency. IPP uses the UK Space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver a sustainable, economic or societal benefit to undeveloped […]


Case Studies

EASOS: Earth and Sea Observation System (IPP Case Study)

Each year, the combined impact of marine oil pollution, deforestation, and flooding on the Malaysian economy amounts to several billions of dollars. The Malaysian government and UKSA identified these as three development challenges that might be addressed through innovative satellite-based solutions. These solutions were developed through the Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS) project, funded […]

EO4cultivar – Increasing the resilience and sustainability of agricultural supply chains operating between Latin America and the UK (IPP case study)

This case study demonstrates the successes and learnings of EO4cultivar. It sets out the evidence of the project’s impact on commercial agricultural supply chains operating between Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and the UK. The project worked by: Using satellite imagery and data services to offer decision support tools that provide intelligence and insights on agricultural practices […]

SIBELIUS: Delivering improved resilience for Kyrgyz herding communities using satellite derived services (IPP Case Study)

The SIBELIUS project has developed and delivered new technology which is providing improved pasture monitoring capabilities in Kyrgyzstan to support the country’s large and economically significant herding community. Satellite Earth observation provides an efficient means for monitoring environmental parameters, such as pasture, snow and drought, over inaccessible regions, which can facilitate improved pasture management decisions […]



Space technology changes the landscape of dengue fever management

Space applications provide new tools that improve lives in many areas, and health is one of them. Earth Observation (EO) data can be incorporated into models that help detect, monitor or predict disease, providing policymakers with the opportunity to control an epidemic, respond more quickly to disease outbreaks and act to prevent or mitigate health […]

Blog by UNOSAT. CommonSensing: From Covid-19 Recovery to Climate Resilience (IPP Project Blog)

This article was provided by UNOSAT. IPP CommonSensing aims to support the three selected Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by improving national climate resilience through the use of satellite remote sensing applications. To address climate challenges faced by the partner countries, the consortium has pioneered an innovative project delivery structure, in which a geospatial […]

Playing it Safe: A New Monitoring System for Tailings Dams can Prevent Disasters (IPP Project Blog)

High in the Peruvian Andes, a pilot study to test new remote sensing technology for far-flung tailings dams, using a combination of Earth Observation (EO) and on-the-ground sensing, and numerical modelling, has just come to a close. Craig Goff, a technical director at HR Wallingford, explains the project and the pioneering DAMSAT system, which could […]


Project & Product Information

Verumar (NLA International) (IPP funded)

Overview Verumar enhances the Philippine Government’s capability to conserve and sustainably usetheir oceans, seas and marine resources while contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life below water. This is achieved by integrating and working in concert with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and other stakeholders to scope […]

GRM 950 Satellite Modem (GRC)

Overview GRM 950 is a cost-effective outdoor iDirect 950mp satellite modem with next-level security features for use in challenging environments. Developed in conjunction with leading satellite hardware and airtime providers, the GRM (GRC Rugged Modem) series has been tested into iDirect hubs across multiple satellite service provider networks. Supporting both fixed location and mobile applications, […]

GRM 200 Satellite Modem (GRC)

Overview GRM 200 is a low-cost, rugged, outdoor iDirect IQ 200 satellite modem for use in challenging environments. Developed in conjunction with leading satellite hardware and airtime providers, the GRM (GRC Rugged Modem) series has been tested into iDirect hubs across multiple satellite service provider networks. Supporting both fixed location and mobile applications, it’s been […]