Published date: 10 May 2024

Last edited date: 13 June 2024

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 14 June 2024, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Aircraft and spacecraft - 34700000

  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£0 to £4,700,000

Procurement reference


Published date

10 May 2024

Closing date

14 June 2024

Closing time


Contract start date

5 July 2024

Contract end date

31 March 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Other: SBRI - Small Business Research Initiative (Open)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the UK Space Agency.

The Aim of this competition is to undertake research and technology development to derisk national ADR mission concepts. This competition invites applicants to submit mission designs which are compliant to UKSA Active Debris Removal mission requirements, identify the top risk areas in those designs, and deliver a package of risk reduction activity which will enhance and increase technology readiness levels of the submitted mission preliminary designs.

A total of up to £4.7m inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.

We expect to fund a maximum of two projects. Each project should be delivered by 31st March 2025.

Each project can range in size up to total costs of £2.35m, inclusive of VAT.

Please refer to attachments for the full competition guidance .

More information


Additional text

Please refer to the attachment SBRI - ADR Competition Brief for the full scope of this procurement and guidance on how to respond to this competition.

About the buyer

Contact name

UKSA Commercial


Polaris House,North Star Avenue