‘Big Data in Health’ revolves around the idea of developing new modes of healthcare delivery and associated commercial services. Europeans are living longer and healthier lives, and as a result, the demand for healthcare services is increasing. At the moment, EU’s healthcare expenditure accounts for about 10% of EU GDP and is projected to reach 12% by 2060.
At the same time the growth of health services and workforce supply is minimal on the EU level and even negative in some countries. Additionally, increasing workforce concentration in urban areas puts a huge load on services operating in rural regions.
These pessimistic outlooks, however, form a great environment for service innovation, attracting new players with novel business models. Global disclosed private investment in healthcare reached $36.4 billion in 2016 and is bound to increase considering the growing demand and expenditure on healthcare, which is projected to reach $8.7 trillion globally by 2020.
Big Data analytics are increasingly being used in these industries as they have an enormous potential to increase the quality, speed and accessibility of healthcare and reduce costs at the same time.
Space can add value to the healthcare industry and increase its capabilities. A selection of value adding examples is listed below:
‘Big Data in Health’ revolves around the idea of developing new modes of healthcare delivery and associated commercial services. Health data collection and processing are the main technologies driving the innovation and enabling new business models. Topics of relevance for this opportunity include:
Other topics leading to the development of commercially sustainable services may be proposed.
We offer funding and support to companies for business case assessment and development of new Space enabled healthcare services.
Kick-start Activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical feasibility of new applications and services exploiting one or more space assets (e.g. Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Human Space Flight Technology). This call for Kick-start Activities is dedicated to the theme "Big Data in Health", which means that the call is open to companies which intend to develop new applications to support "Big Data in Health" and associated activities.
Currently only the UK has pre-approved funding for this Kick-start All non-UK applications will require a letter of approval from their national delegation.
Kick-start Activities resulting from thematic calls are funded at 75% by the Agency for a maximum amount of €60K per contract.
Funded participation to ESA's Business Applications Kick-start Activities is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company (be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation) residing in any of the ESA Member States that are participating to the 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.
Individual ESA Member States have already made funding available for specific Thematic Calls on Kick-start Activities. For more details, please refer to the section Authorisation of Funding above.
In case you intend to submit a proposal for a Thematic Call and your company/organisation resides in another country, you are encouraged to contact the National Delegation.