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 submit a proposal at any time through the Call for Proposals for Downstream Applications  or can apply to a Competitive Tender or a non-competitive Thematic Call for Proposals. 


Kick-start Activities

Post-COVID Health and Well-being

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 14 July 2022      Closing date: 15 December 2022

This Kick-Start theme focuses on some of the new healthcare ecosystem trends, main actors, needs and the potential role of space technologies in the attempt to identify and enable new markets development and business opportunities fueled by the digital transformation of the sector. 

5G/6G Services

Invitation to Tender           Closing date: 09 January 2023

The post-COVID-19 societal and economic adaptations have increased the demand for better connectivity and new applications to support automation, e-commerce, education, healthcare, and more. Hybrid satellite and terrestrial 5G/6G networks will play a key role to accommodate new market requirements and support the transition to a new digitised economy by offering faster connectivity speeds, higher data-throughput capacity, and low-latency communications. There are some well-recognised opportunities brought by the advent of 5G communication networks such as boosting the societal impact of space-based applications and enhancing current space capabilities leveraging on the unprecedented performances enabled by 5G networks.

Inclusive and Accessible Sport

Intended Tender      Opening date: 21 November 2022      Closing date: 20 January 2023

Sports has the unique ability to transcend cultural and social barriers making it an excellent platform for fostering strategies of inclusion and adaptation. Inclusion encompasses all populations across race, culture, gender, religion, and disability. Sport for inclusion matters because it promotes the values, ideals and vision for acceptance, human rights, and non-discrimination. 

Feasibility Studies

ICT and Electronic Devices Sustainability 

Intended Tender      Opening date: 05-12-2022      Closing date: 05-03-2023

The European Space Agency is launching a competition in collaboration with DOTT, VOI, and Material Focus to help tackle sustainability challenges relating to batteries, electrical products, electronic waste, and the ICT sector. Solutions can target any part of the product lifecycle, whether it’s improving sourcing of materials for the micromobility industry or helping to recover useful components from landfill sites. Winning teams will receive 80% funding of up to €200,000 to run a year-long feasibility study. 

Space for Green Construction

Intended Tender      Opening date: 21-11-2022      Closing date: 28-02-2023

The European Space Agency’s “Space for Green Construction” opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop services supporting sustainability in the construction lifecycle using space-based technology and/or data. This opportunity enables companies to carry out in-depth analyses on the technical feasibility and economic viability of applications across a range of themes.

Lunar Economy Applications

Intended Tender      Opening date: 15-12-2022      Closing date: 30-01-2023

International teams across the world forge plans to revisit the Moon. The European Space Agency ESA is elaborating how best to help this exploration. As part of Moonlight, European space companies are investigating how to put a constellation of telecommunication and navigation satellites around the Moon and offer lunar communication and navigation services. ESA is looking for business ideas that are enabled by such lunar communication and navigation services and that address relevant needs of downstream customers on the lunar surface and down on Earth.

Non-Competitive Thematic Calls for Proposals

Digitising Water Resilience - Acting on Water Stress in Basins

Invitation to Tender

ESA has partnered with the CEO Water Mandate and 25+ members of the Water Resilience Coalition (WRC) to address the global water crisis in its three dimensions: availability, quality, and accessibility. This ‘Call for Proposals’ offers an exciting opportunity for your team to tackle water-related challenges alongside companies such as AB InBev, Colgate-Palmolive, the Coca Cola Company, Diageo, and Microsoft.  

NHS Future Hospital Initiative

Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA), we are promoting innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of the NHS ecosystem. This Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contributes towards shaping the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Satellite Connectivity for Autonomous Land Vehicles Safety

Intended Tender

The call “Connectivity for Autonomous land vehicles safety” aims to foster the development and showcase of innovative applications for the safe and secure deployment and management of autonomous and connected land vehicles by integrating satellite communications and other space assets with terrestrial and digital technologies.  

Space for Olympic Games

Invitation to Tender

The intended call for proposals aims at supporting new space-based services for the digital transformation and sustainability of the sport sector, specifically in the organisation, management, and further exploitation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It primarily targets the next Games in Europe - Paris 2024 and Milano-Cortina 2026, with the ambition of providing services for the future Games, ensuring continuity of the sustainability model. 

CASE: Commercial Applications Enabled by Space Environments

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

The Commercial Applications enabled by Space Environments (CASE) Open Call for Proposals supports the development of commercial services that benefit from microgravity and other space environments.