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

Social and Environmentally-Friendly Mobility

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 06 December 2021      Closing date: 11 February 2022

Transport currently accounts for a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and this figure continues to rise as demand grows. Moving to more sustainable transport means putting users first and providing them with more affordable, accessible, healthier and cleaner alternatives. Environmental concerns and the need for more socially and financially efficient modes of transportation are guiding the new generation of transportation users.

Digital Platforms

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 10 December 2021      Closing date: 21 February 2022

This Kick-Start initiative explores how space technology can link with or enable online digital platforms, by introducing new features and innovative services to consumers and businesses. Conversely, it also considers the benefits that digital platforms could offer to the space ecosystem, by offering space products and services in novel way. Such digital platforms are understood as online e-commerce websites connecting buyers and sellers, facilitating transactions of products, service, and exchange of social contents, such as Amazon, Uber, or Facebook.

Carbon capture, storage, and sequestration

Intended Tender      Opening date: 08 February 2022      Closing date: 26 March 2022

The effects of climate change are already threatening  the world with wildfires, droughts, and rising sea levels. Failure to mitigate climate change is deeply dangerous. The faster emissions are reduced in the near-term, the better are the chances of preventing the worst impacts of climate change. It is more than likely that in complement to the transition to a clean and renewable energy/carbon neutral society and economy (which should remain the most important action to be undertaken), ways of removing significant carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and preventing its release in the atmosphere will be required.

Edge Intelligence

Intended Tender      Opening date: 15 February 2022      Closing date: 15 April 2022

Edge Intelligence refers to a paradigm shift in computing in which certain data analysis processes are moved from centralised cloud or in-house data centers to the “edge” of the network. In such solutions, certain aspects of the analysis of the data and derivation and communication of insights, takes place at the site where the data is generated. The benefits of this are many and can be exploited in several settings and thematic domains, fitting into a broader distributed computing model that enables higher performing systems. 

Direct Negotiation (CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

NHS Future Hospital Initiative

Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA), we are promoting innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of the NHS ecosystem. This Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contributes towards shaping the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

CASE: Commercial Applications Enabled by Space Environments

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

The Commercial Applications enabled by Space Environments (CASE) Open Call for Proposals supports the development of commercial services that benefit from microgravity and other space environments.

Call for Proposals

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

Businesses from any sector can apply throughout the year, and the amount of funding may vary according to the project proposed. Simply tell us more about your idea and how you plan to implement it by completing our questionnaire, we will provide you feedback and advice on how to proceed.