business applications

Demonstration Projects

  • EMITS referenceAO6124
  • ActivityDemonstration Project
  • Closing date31 December 2019

Demonstration Projects are dedicated to the implementation of pre-operational demonstration services within the ESA Business Applications programme, which therefore comply with the following requirements: they are user driven (including user involvement and contribution), they benefit from the integrated use of one or more space assets, with clear potential to become sustainable in the post project phase.

The Demonstration Project duration depends on the complexity of the activity and is typically between 12 and 24 months. Assuming the Demonstration Project is successful, after the completion of the contract with ESA it is expected to evolve into an operational service. For more information on the financial support of ESA's Business Applications programme see Funding Schemes.

An interactive online guide, the Outline Proposal Development Tool, has been specifically designed to help the applicant to prepare Outline Proposals for ESA Business Applications Demonstration Projects. The online guide provides eleven modules, each addressing a specific section of the Outline Proposal. Tutorials, tools, worksheets, tips and techniques are provided inside each module in order to help creating the Outline Proposal.

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%.