ASPIRE with ESA Frequently Asked Questions

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Please find a selection of Freqently Asked Questions listed below.  


1.     Who can apply to ASPIRE WITH ESA?

ASPIRE WITH ESA targets Small and Medium enterprises willing to bring innovation using space technologies into market. Any SME from the Member States supporting both ESA Space Solutions and ASPIRE WITH ESA can apply, currently:

Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


2.     Do I need support from my National Delegation?

Yes. ASPIRE WITH ESA is part of ESA Space Solutions, and like its other funding mechanisms, letter of support from the National Delegation is mandatory.



3.     What does ASPIRE WITH ESA accept as co-financing?

Your proposal has to demonstrate you can match the funding requested to ESA. We accept any source of private funding as well as your own capital reserves or profit. We cannot accept public grants as sources of co-financing.


4.     What comes after ASPIRE WITH ESA?

ASPIRE WITH ESA is designed as an easy entry point to ESA’s financing mechanisms for all those SME not familiar with the way the Agency works. If your innovation makes technical and sense and you prove you can deliver Social and Economic Impact, we will be happy to discuss with you further funding opportunities under ESA Space Solutions.


5.     Can I submit my proposal as a word or pdf document?

No. You have to submit your proposal using the application form enabled for that. You will have to fill there the requested information as well as uploading your National Delegation’s Letter of Authorisation (see 2.)


6.     I submitted my proposal. When will I hear from you?

Our commitment to you is to answer all applicants within 8 weeks after closing the call independently of the result.


7.     I have another question on ASPIRE WITH ESA. How I pass it onto you?

Simply write us at and we will answer it. Please, be aware that to ensure fairness, we will publish your question anonymously together with the answer for everyone in this F.A.Q. list under “received questions” below.