Active encouragement to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to become involved in the activities of the European Space Agency is a new development in the Agency’s industrial policy.
Council meeting at ministerial level in March 1997 called upon the Director General to set aside a special place for SMEs in the Agency’s activities, with balanced access to its technology activities, by:
- making firm provision for involving them in definition of the Agency’s technology development work plan;
- tailoring the rules on cofinancing to the size of enterprises;
- offering SMEs technical support from ESA experts and laboratories as necessary to develop their particular specialties.
ESA has set up its SME initiative with the matching aims of enabling ESA and the European space industry to tap the potential of innovative SMEs and opening up opportunities for SMEs in turn to work more extensively with ESA and space contractors.
- The SME initiative of ESA : Presentation
- The SME initiative of ESA : Brochure
- What is the SME initiative at the European Space Agency
- SME Definition Criteria
SME subcontracting clause
In the framework of the SME initiative of ESA, some measures have been adopted in reply to the mandate given by Council, meeting at Ministerial level in Paris, on 4th March 1997 to give to Small and Medium-sizeEnterprises (SMEs) within the Agency a special place and balanced access to technological support actions.
Industry Space Days Assessment Report
Look for the first edition of the Industry Space Days (ISD) held on 26/27 of May 1999, at the European Space Technology Centre (Estec), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
- ESA SME Training Courses - May 200 Assessment Report (PDF version)
- Catalogue of Small Companies (potentially SMEs) which participated at the Industry Space Days (PDF version)
Electronic Mail Invitation to Tender System
- The EMITS Yellow Pages
- List of SMEs working with ESA
- Status report of the SME initiative (28 June 2000)