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

Predictive Maintenance Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 09 December 2019      Closing date: 31 January 2020

Organisations are under pressure to optimise operations and reduce costs for asset maintenance. Predictive maintenance techniques determine the condition of in-service equipment to predict when maintenance should be performed, thereby minimising disruption of normal system operations. This leads to reduced down times and therefore substantial cost savings and higher system reliability. Due to the advantages it offers over routine or time-based preventive maintenance, it is gaining importance in various sectors, including aerospace & defence, energy & utilities, manufacturing, government, healthcare as well as transportation and logistics.

Environmental Crimes

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 02 September 2019      Closing date: 28 February 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).