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ESA's Business Applications programme helps European industry in non-space sectors to use space to enhance their products or services in a wide range of domains such as Health, Safety, Environment, Development, Energy, Aviation and Transport.

Solutions range from improving and securing transport systems to supporting emergency and disaster management and their success is based on seamlessly integrating space with terrestrial systems.

Terrestrial systems can utilise any combination of space data, tools and techniques used for telecommunications, Earth observation, human spaceflight and navigation.

The Business Applications programme lends technical, financial and business support to transform ideas into products and services. Helping industry to demonstrate the commercial potential of their new products and services in the market provides an important springboard for becoming sustainable, successful businesses.

ESA joins forces with satellite operators and manufacturers through public–private partnerships (PPPs). Co-funding and therefore sharing the risk that comes with investing in new technologies accelerates their introduction to the market.

Funding Opportunities

New funding: Aspire with ESA

Aspire with ESA supports Innovators in bringing space-enhanced mission-led innovations closer to the market. Are you up for the Sustainable Development Goals challenge? Show us how your space innovation can have an impact and let us accelerate your business. Apply here for funding.

Space4Rail (Feasibility Study & Demonstration Project)

Call open until: 31/12/2022

Transport demand is growing at unprecedented rates. CO2 emissions, climate change, and security of energy supply are major challenges to be addressed in coming years. The Space4Rail Open Call aims to support the exploitation of space-based assets (satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or Earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services.

Space and 5G: Transport & Logistics (Demonstration Project)

Call open until: 15/12/2020

This call is open for companies to submit ideas for demonstration projects focusing on development and pilot of sustainable downstream services addressing UK Government’s priorities in the Logistics sector. The services shall demonstrate innovation in the convergence of 5G terrestrial and satellite communication networks, opening the way to new connectivity solutions and sustainable business models for operators and industrial customers.

Space Based Services-Applications Addressing COVID-19 Outbreak (Demonstration Project)

Call open until: 15/11/2020

The unprecedented situation caused by the characteristics of the COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges to society. ESA is calling for actions in order to facilitate the quick integration and deployment of concrete and sustainable solutions in the topics of Healthcare and Education.

Space helping UK on COVID-19 and other pandemics (Demonstration Project)

Call open until: 15/10/2020

This call, in cooperation with the UK Space Agency (UKSA), calls for activities to facilitate the quick integration and deployment of concrete and sustainable solutions for UK healthcare.

Plastic-Less Society (Feasibility Study)

Call open until: 30/09/2020

Marine litter is a global issue, impacting seas and freshwater systems. Plastics end up in the ocean for a variety of reasons, including poor waste management, illegal dumping, and littering. Solutions are needed to prevent and solve the issues of marine litter and, especially, plastics in water bodies. Space technologies and data can play a significant part in preventing and solving problems relating to this.

Decommissioning of Energy Assets (Feasibility Study)

Call open until: 11/09/2020

Decommissioning of energy assets is a relevant issue worldwide. The decommissioning of oil and gas platforms involves activities such as removal of underwater structures and topside platforms; these activities have to be handled carefully in order to minimize environmental impact. Oil and gas decommissioning activities are ramping up worldwide, due to installations developed from the 1970s onward reaching their end of life. Two main types of assets are targeted through this call: offshore oil & gas platforms and wind farms.

The Path to Post-COVID Recovery (Feasibility Study)

Call open until: 10/09/2020

This Invitation to Tender offers support and funding to companies to assess the technical feasibility and economic viability of sustainable services which can contribute to the post-COVID recovery in vertical sectors such as transport, energy, healthcare, education, tourism and agriculture, using satellite data and technologies.

Commodities Part 1: Agricultural (Kick-Start)

Call open until: 11/09/2020

A commodity is a basic good, raw material or primary agricultural product like wheat, copper or cattle. Commodities are often the fundamental ingredients for more complex goods and services. This call offers funding to develop services to help improve the sourcing, transportation, storing, and trading of commodities using satellite data and technologies.

Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) User Studies Part 3 Satellite applications for Public Safety

Call open until: 21/09/2020

Our society and economy are increasingly dependent on secure telecommunications networks. These networks are required for the secure operation of critical infrastructures, governmental services or in transport. They may constitute a systemic point of failure with major safety and security threats, in particular during disruptions caused by natural or human-made disasters or by cyberattacks. Satellite communications can provide a secure space component as a self-standing element or in complement to the terrestrial telecommunications system. Terrestrial networks may benefit from satellite communication infrastructure to reduce vulnerability and increase the overall resilience. In support of the ARTES 4.0 4S initiative, ESA Space Solutions is launching this invitation to tender for user studies aimed at identifying and assessing the needs for new applications which will benefit from future secure satcom infrastructures, as well as other space and non-space technologies.

Connected Rural Communities Part 2 - Business Opportunities: Mobility & Tourism (Kick-Start)

Call open until: 14/08/2020

Rural communities refer to areas in a country which are less densely populated, outside the cities and towns, as well as to remote rural areas which are often farm lands, woodland forests, plains, deserts, and prairies with few buildings and habitants living far apart from each another. Lack of transportation and mobility in rural areas is a significant limiting factor for the economic development of the region, including preventing exploitation of local assets for the development of the touristic sector. This call for Kick-start Activities is open to companies that intend to develop space-enabled internet applications and services.

Coming soon

Marine Energy (Feasibility Study)
Opening Date: 15/09/2020 
Closing Date: 27 October 2020

Ocean energy has the potential to play a significant role in the future energy system, whilst contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, mitigating climate change and stimulating economic growth. This call, in collaboration with the Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), is looking for companies with ideas to combine space-based applications in support of marine energy solutions.

ESA Business Applications Ambassador Contacts

Please find below the contact information for our network of ESA Business Applications Ambassadors:

Ian Downey (UK coordinator): (and

Victoria Christmas (UK Business Developer):

Alan Cross (UK North West):

Tom Greenwood (UK South East):

Andy Williams (UK South West):

Paul Bhatia (UK Midlands and North East):

Ken Gordon (UK Scotland and Northern Ireland):

Kristine Koslung (Norway):

Miranda Saarentaus (Finland):

Nicolas Helssen (Belgium):

Baerbel Deisting (Germany):

Jose Achache (Switzerland):

Martin Moessler (Austria):

Ines Placido (Austria):

Carlos Cerqueira (Portugal):

Francisca Eiriz (Portugal):

Lorenzo Scatena (Italy):

Eleonora Lombardi (Italy):

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