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Funding Schemes

Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the BASS programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed. Please check ESA STAR Publication  for the precise list of participating member states for each opportunity. 

The applicable funding level of the individual prime- or subcontractors is subject to authorisation by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.

                                                           ESA Funding







Universities and Research Institutes with no commercial interest in product/service


Feasibility Study in Open Competition


50% up to 100%**


50% up to 100%**


50% up to 100%**


Feasibility Study in Direct Negotiation


up to 50% (total cost of activity must be no more than 500KEUR) 


up to 80% (total cost of activity must be no more than 500KEUR)


up to 100% of institute costs and max 30% of activity costs 


Kick-Start Studies


75%. ESA will provide funding of up to 60KEUR per Kick-Start. 


75% up to 80%. ESA will provide funding of up to 64KEUR


75%. ESA will provide funding of up to 60KEUR per Kick-Start.


Demonstration Project


up to 50%


up to 80%


up to 80% of institute cost and max 30% of activity cost 


*SME’s are fulfilling the criteria defined in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) or as updated 

**based on consideration of the risks and maturity of the target market

ESA will bear up to the above defined percentage of the acceptable project cost, and the remainder has to be financed by the Tenderer and/or other partners through private and/or public sector direct or indirect, in cash or in-kind co-financing.