ESA Business Applications offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop new commercial services.

Applications are open all year: businesses can either apply to a thematic opportunity (see list below) or submit an open application (Call for Proposals).


Kick-start Activities

Biodiversity Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 02 September 2019      Closing date: 25 October 2019

Biological diversity is the variety of life found in any of, or across, Earth’s ecosystems. It is fundamental to life on Earth since it provides oxygen, food, clean water, fertile soil, medicines, shelter, protection from storms and floods, fibres for clothing, a stable climate and even recreation. It is estimated that the services provided by ecosystems are worth trillions of dollars, more than double the world’s GDP! Biodiversity loss in Europe alone costs the continent €450m a year or, 3% of its annual gross domestic product. However, the current state of biodiversity is ominous; overpopulation and overconsumption are driving a biodiversity crisis as people continue to expend resources in an unsustainable fashion. Space assets and satellite technologies, combined with advanced and innovative ways to use them, can make a crucial difference in the future of the biodiversity on Earth. 

Artificial Intelligence Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 13 May 2019      Closing date: 29 November 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. It is sometimes called ‘machine intelligence’, since the intelligence is demonstrated by machines, and differs from natural intelligence, which is displayed by humans and other animals. The term is applied to systems endowed with the intellectual processes typical of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalise, or learn from past experience. 

Future Internet Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 28 October 2019      Closing date: 06 December 2019

The Internet, created to provide resilient and interoperable communication across the globe, has evolved to transport an immeasurable amount of data every day. This continuing evolution will greatly impact many areas from industry to health care provision, to traffic management and intelligent logistics. 

Environmental Crimes

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 02 September 2019      Closing date: 24 January 2020

Environmental crimes are illegal acts that directly harm the environment. They can cause considerable damage to ecosystems, increasing the risk of disease, environmental disaster, food chain contamination, pollution, wildlife degradation, reduced life expectancy, and increased rates of human morbidity. Environmental crime is the fourth largest criminal enterprise in the world (INTERPOL-UN).


Cyber security and space based services

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 22 August 2019      Closing date: 14 November 2019

In the past few years, our society and economy have become largely dependent on computer networks, information technology and interconnected computing devices (IoT solutions). This has led to a significant growth of cyber attacks, often with disastrous consequences. Technology evolution, such as big data, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles will even more expose user communities to cyber risks.

Space for clean and safe management of pipelines: water, hydrocarbons and electricity

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 02 September 2019      Closing date: 04 November 2019

The importance of clean and safe management has become central not only to the hydrocarbons industry but also to other resource industries such as water and electricity, especially in the context of pipelines and transportation infrastructure.  Indeed, given their fundamental importance of these resources to everyday life,  it is essential to keep them clean and safe.


Direct Negotiation (CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

ESA & 5Groningen Opportunity

Invitation to Tender

Space has an invaluable role to play in the 5G space. ESA and 5Groningen are working together to enable you to be a part of the future in 5G ecosystem.


Feasibility Studies

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

Feasibility Studies provide the preparatory framework to identify, analyse and define new potentially sustainable applications and services within the ESA Business Applications programme.

Demonstration Projects

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

The output of Demonstration Projects shall be a pre-operational service responding to well identified user needs and requirements and should show a clear potential to become sustainable at the conclusion of the project with ESA.