Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects support the transfer of space technology to terrestrial applications where there is a strong commercial or societal benefit and there is a clear technical risk that can be eliminated.
Over the past years 48 have been funded to eliminate technical risk for transfers of space technology to terrestrial applications and ten more have been selected for 2018.
Several have already resulted in successful transfers which have led to innovative solutions in different terrestrial sectors, often leading to improving productivity and competitiveness of European industry.
These projects result in the development and testing of new hardware and software which increase the likelihood of the core technology being transferred from space to ground.
Priority is given to projects where there is a clear ground based commercial application with a customer group with defined needs, and for whom the transfer demonstrator may be used to gain commercial traction.
A Technology Transfer Demonstrator project will result in the measurement of one or more technical features that are specific to the terrestrial application of a technology that was hitherto developed for space. ESA Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects will not be considered to fund prototypes, ie working models of new products, but for developments at an earlier and higher stage of technical risk.
In the frame of the demonstrator projects, the applying firm will undertake the study itself.
Who can apply?
Space and non-space entities or individuals from all ESA member states.