business applications

Feasibility Studies

  • EMITS referenceAO6124
  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date31 December 2019

Feasibility Studies provide the preparatory framework to identify, analyse and define new potentially sustainable applications and services within the ESA Business Applications programme. They have to be compliant with the following requirements: they are user driven, they benefit from the integrated use of one or more space assets and the tenderer intends to pursue a demonstration project after successful completion of the feasibility study.

The Feasibility Study is likely to run at least 6 months but shall not run longer than 12 months. The duration depends on the complexity of the activity and the degree of upfront buy-in by user communities and other partners.

Assuming the Feasibility Study is successful, it is expected that it evolves into a Demonstration Project, the final target being the implementation of a commercial service.

For more information on the financial support of the ESA Business Applications programme see Funding Scheme.

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.


ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Fast Track Feasibility Study 50%  50 kEuro/
6 months

Feasibility Study

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%.