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: 29 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. 

Future Internet Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 12 November 2019      Closing date: 14 January 2020

The Internet, created to provide resilient and interoperable communication across the globe, has evolved to transport an immeasurable amount of data every day. This continuing evolution will greatly impact many areas from industry to health care provision, to traffic management and intelligent logistics. 

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).


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.


5G for Cultural Heritage

Invitation to Tender

With the aim of providing evidence of the advantages deriving from the link of space and 5G technologies, ESA Business Applications has initiated a dialogue with several user communities and stakeholders, presenting a number of application areas of specific interest to the local user communities and economic/societal context.

5G for Law Enforcement and Emergency Response

Invitation to Tender

Major threats to the safety and security of cities are crime and violence, insecurity of tenure and forced eviction, and natural and human-made disasters. Combined, these three threats to the safety and security of urban residents currently pose a huge challenge to both city and national governments, as well as to the international community.