GSTP: Permanent open Announcement of Opportunity (AO)
7 May 2008
The overall objective of this permanent open Announcement of Opportunity (AO) mechanism within ESA's General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) is to offer to Industry a mechanism for submitting proposals for market-oriented activities in order to strengthen their worldwide competitiveness and to give Agency the means to react promptly to those industrial proposals.
The AO is aimed at implementing well targeted industry led activities and in that respect, it complements the GSTP work plan which is mainly preparing technologies in support of ESA led programmes. The AO also covers technology transfer activities.
StarTiger: Invitation to Tender
7 May 2008
StarTiger is a pioneering ESA initiative within its Basic Technology Research Program (TRP) that aims to stimulate technology innovation and facilitating breakthrough research. The first StarTiger project was conducted in 2002 with very successful results. ESA has issue an Announcement of Opportunity for two more StarTiger projects, with the objective to have projects' kick-off in 2008.
StarTiger is a new approach for conducting research and development (R&D). The goal is to reach significant advancement of the present state-of-art of the technologies selected for development, in a very short time – no longer than 6 months. It may be particularly attractive for technology spin-in where joint work of space and non-space experts is required to ascertain the feasibility of a non-space technology to cover space needs.