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ESA Space Applications

ESA has several programmes supporting businesses from all sectors to foster innovation and competitiveness of European industry.
Use this tool to find the best funding opportunity for your business in ESA.

Fund Commercial Applications

Business Applications

Funding for Commercial Applications

What we offer:

  • Zero equity funding
  • Technical and commercial guidance
  • Access to our network & partners
  • Use of ESA brand for credibility

Apply to ESA Business Applications

Incubate a space start-up

Business Incubation Centre (BIC)

Incubate a space start-up

ESA’s Business Incubation Centres (BICs), initiated by ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO), work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provide technical expertise and business-development support

What can the ESA BICs do for you:

  • Businesss development support & advice
  • Office space & shared facilities
  • Hands-on customised assistance
  • Network of start-ups
  • Door opener to International networks of industry players, research institutes and universities
  • € 50k funding
  • Unique ESA technical support & expertise

Apply to ESA BIC

Fund Commercial Satcom Products & Technologies

ARTES Core Competitiveness

Funding for Commercial Satcom Products & Technologies

The ARTES Core Competitiveness programme helps European and Canadian industry to develop innovative satcom products, services, systems and partnerships. It provides support at any point of the technology development process; from initial idea to a fully-fledged product, system or service.

The programme provides the funding, multi-disciplinary expertise, business knowledge, opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises, international consortia and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality

Apply to ARTES Core Competitiveness

Fund R&D for Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)


Funding for R&D Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)

General objective is to support innovation and the competitiveness of the industry of participating countries in the satellite navigation market and to support national satellite navigation priorities.

Elements of NAVISP:

  • Developing new space based PNT technologies and concepts
  • Focusing on industrial competitiveness
  • Offering support to Member State national programmes and activities

Apply to NAVISP

Fund R&D for Earth Observation


Funding for R&D Earth Observation

Accompany European and Canadian economic operators in the Earth Observation market revolution covering the Earth Observation market needs; enhance their competitiveness

Apply to InCubed

Take advantage of ESA Intellectual Properties

Technology Transfer Programme

Take advantage of ESA Intellectual Properties

What the brokers can do for you:

  • Mediation between space and non-space industry
  • Identification of applications to non-space market
  • Access to ESA IP Portfolio
  • Packaging of space technology offers
  • Support for use of ESA space solutions brand
  • Communication of success stories

Apply to ESA Technology Transfer

Fund other R&D Products and Technologies

General Support Technology Programme (GSTP)

Funding for other R&D Products and Technologies

We fund proposals aimed at introducing new technologies and techniques, or developing new or enhance existing products. The call for proposal is always open, with 50-75% funded by ESA. The industry defines the work to be performed and technical performances to be achieved.

The technologies domain covered are the following:

  • Earth Observation
  • Science
  • Robotics Exploration Preparation, Human Spaceflight Exploration Preparation
  • Space Transports and re-entry Technologies
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Generic Technologies and Techniques Technology Transfer

Apply to ESA GSTP

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