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

Blockchain Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 19 February 2019      Closing date: 08 April 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. 

Mining Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 09 April 2019      Closing date: 20 May 2019

Mining is the process of extracting minerals, metals and other valuable materials from the surface of the Earth, including the seas. The mining sector is pivotal to the world’s economy and recent infrastructure-driven growth in Asia has stimulated a significant increase in demand for commodities like iron ore, copper and coal (PWC, 2018). 

Space4Sport Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 21 May 2019      Closing date: 01 July 2019

Whether for active participation as a leisure sportsperson, or passively following as a spectator of sporting events, for many people sport is their favourite leisure activity. At the same time, the public’s interest in sport and their consumer behaviour receives massive stimulation from professional top-level sport. The latter in turn can only develop from the provision of a diverse and high-quality range of services and infrastructures for sport at the mass participation level. Accordingly, sport has become a growing factor in Europe’s economy and society.

Artificial Intelligence Kick-Start

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 14 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. 


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.