business applications

Call for Proposals

  • ActivityDemonstration Project
  • Opening date01 January 2018
  • Closing date31 December 2021

ESA Business Applications' Call for proposals (Direct Negotiation) is always open. Businesses from any sector can apply throughout the year, and the amount of funding may vary according to the project. The goal of this activity is for the business to develop a new commercial service that utilises one or more space asset (e.g. Satellite Navigation, Satellite Telecommunication, Earth Observation, Space Weather, Space Technologies).

What we offer

  • Zero-Equity Funding (up to 50% per project)
  • Technical & Commercial Guidance
  • Access to our Network & Partners
  • Brand Credibility 

How to apply?

The first step in order to apply is to tell us more about your idea and how you plan to implement it in the Activity Pitch Questionnaire (APQ) and send it to business@esa.int. We will provide you feedback and direct you to the relevant documentation to continue the application.

For further questions you can visit our FAQ page or contact directly your regional Ambassador.

 

ESA Tender Information

Responding to the Call for Proposals involves the submission of an Outline Proposal by using the applicable template in the documents section. An interactive online guide, the Outline Proposal Development Tool, has been specifically designed to help the applicant to prepare the Outline Proposal.

Received Outline Proposals are then subject for evaluation by ESA in order to assess the compliance of proposed activities with the selection criteria of ESA's Business Applications programme. Following approval, applicants are invited to submit Full Proposals in a given timeframe.

The submission of the Full Proposal initiates the evaluation process according to ESA regulations and procedures. Due to the direct negotiation character of the proposal, shortcomings of the proposals trigger clarification and iteration loops with the involved consortia. Only the positive conclusion of the proposal evaluation results in a negotiation meeting and contract award.

For the fully detailed Proposal Guide on non-competitive ITTs click: Direct Negotiation

Registration as Bidder

The Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star, prior to downloading the official tender documents from EMITS and submitting the Full Proposal. The registration process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.

 

Funding Scheme

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 ARTES IAP programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

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.

Activity

ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Fast Track Feasibility Study 50%  50 kEuro/
6 months

Feasibility Study

50%*  
Demonstration Project 50%*  


* ESA will bear up to 50% 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.

  • Work carried out by universities and research institutes involved in Feasibility Studies and justifying no further commercial interest in the product/service, may be funded by ESA up to 100%.
  • SMEs (i.e. enterprises fulfilling the criteria defined in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) or as updated) involved in Feasibility Studies or Demonstrations Projects, may be funded by ESA up to 75%.