business applications


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

Pulp & Paper Kick-start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 20 August 2018      Closing date: 01 October 2018

Space technology can support many parts of the Pulp & Paper value-chain right from the sourcing of materials.


Big Data in Health Kick-start

Intended Tender      Opening date: 02 October 2018      Closing date: 13 November 2018

‘Big Data in Health’ revolves around the idea of developing new modes of healthcare delivery and associated commercial services.

Asia-Pacific Kick-Start

Intended Tender      Opening date: 14 November 2018      Closing date: 14 January 2019

The Asia-Pacific Region is a dynamic region which presents excellent growth opportunities for international cooperation.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Kick-Start

Intended Tender      Opening date: 15 January 2019      Closing date: 25 February 2019

Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies are an emerging market and offer a range of new visualisation capabilities and more intuitive, descriptive interactions compared to traditional screen based applications.


Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS)

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 03 September 2018      Closing date: 08 November 2018

We're looking for business cases related to all the ecosystem of unmanned maritime vehicles. Maritime surveillance, demining operations, environmental monitoring, logistic and maintenance. 

Space For Sanitation

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 05 September 2018      Closing date: 26 October 2018

Space for Santiation is an Intended Tender looking to utilise the capabiltiies of space technology within the Sanitation Economy. 


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.