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

Artificial Intelligence Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 13 May 2019      Closing date: 22 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. 

Enviromental Crimes

Invitation to Tender           Closing date: 24 January 2020


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.


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.