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

Virtual and Augmented Reality Kick-Start

Invitation to 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.

Blockchain Kick-Start

Intended Tender      Opening date: 19 February 2019      Closing date: 26 March 2019

Blockchain has huge implications for a wide range of applications. It can store transactional history in a transparent and secure way, so that the chances of fraud, hacking and interference are eliminated. 


Space and Biotechnology

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 22 October 2018      Closing date: 21 January 2019

Biotechnology can benefit from using space-based data and other space capabilities. From plant-science to bio-crime, apply here with your commercially viable innovative solutions.


Direct Negotiation (CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

Space-based Services for Distributed Energy Networks (Smart-Grids)

Invitation to Tender

ESA business applications is launching a new Invitation to Tender, to assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of satellite-based services in support of smart grids and electricity grid maintenance. 

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.