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ESA Business Applications' Direct Negotiation (Call for proposals) is always open. Businesses from any sector can apply throughout the year, and the amount of funding may vary according to the project.

The first step in order to apply is to tell us more about your idea and how you plan to implement it in the Activity Pitch Questionnaire (APQ) and send it to with the subject "APQ [Your Project Name]". We will then help you decide which of the following activities (funding schemes) best fits your project proposal.

The "Call for Proposals" covers two different activities:

  • Feasibility Studies provide the preparatory framework to identify, analyse and define new potentially sustainable applications and services within the ESA Business Applications programme. They have to be compliant with the following requirements: they are user driven, they benefit from the utilisation of one or more space assets and the tenderer intends to pursue a Demonstration Project after successful completion of the Feasibility Study.

  • Demonstration Projects are dedicated to the implementation of pre-operational demonstration services within the ESA Business Applications programme, which therefore comply with the following requirements: they are user driven (including user involvement and contribution), they benefit from the utilisation of one or more space assets, with clear potential to become commercially viable in the post project phase.

The activities proposed in response to this Call for Proposals must be relevant to ESA's Business Applications programme objectives. Although not a competitive tender, the Call for Proposals is published on on EMITS, under "Open Invitations to Tender" reference AO9305.

Funded participation is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company (be it as group of users, publid body or non-governmental organisation) residing in any of the ESA Member States that are participating to the programme. To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.


Please note: The closing date is established solely for technical reasons connected with EMITS and can be disregarded. The documents on EMITS take precedence in case of any discrepancies. The consultation of the official documentation on EMITS related to the Calls for Proposals and ITTs is only possible for duly registered users.




Closing date

Feasibility Studies Feasibility Study 31/12/2020
Demonstration Projects Demonstration Project 31/12/2020