ESA title
Science & Exploration

Turn your idea into a commercial proposal

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ESA / Science & Exploration / Human and Robotic Exploration / Business

The first step to turn a bright idea into a solid project is to prepare a Commercial Proposal, the only acceptable formal response to the permanent open call.


Your Commercial Proposal should be structured in three parts:

  1. Technical aspects
  2. Ethical aspects
  3. Financial aspects

Business plan

In order to facilitate access to the ISS utilisation resources in particular for small and medium size enterprises, ESA may grant Promotion Support to early commercial projects.

To benefit from this support, the project will have to be carefully evaluated by ESA on the basis of a Business Plan, which will then be requested as an essential part of the Commercial Proposal.

To assist you in preparing your Commercial Proposal and Business Plan, ESA has prepared detailed guidelines. Furthermore, ESA's Business Development Office can provide you with additional information and assistance during the preparation.

Submitting the proposal

Commercial Proposals need to be submitted to the ESA Business Development Office:

Business Development Office
Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration
Keplerlaan 1
NL – 2201 AZ Noordwijk
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 71 565 5068