ESA Business Applications offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop new commercial services.

Applications are open all year: businesses can either apply to a thematic opportunity (see list below) or submit an open application (Call for Proposals).


Kick-start Activities

Responsible AgriTech

Intended Tender      Opening date: 12 October 2020 Closing date: 27 November 2020

During the last century, food production has seen technological breakthroughs such as mechanization (e.g. tractors) and chemicals application (e.g. fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.). At the same time, new frameworks known under the common label of “intensive farming” emerged and transformed many farms through a process of mass production: the increase of fields size and yield, monoculture, battery cages and high volume slaughterhouses. These combined changes resulted in the supply of abundant and cheaper food volumes to accommodate demographic growth.

Connected Rural Communities

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 19 March 2020 Closing date: 04 December 2020

Rural communities refer to areas in a country which are less densely populated, outside the cities and towns, as well as to remote rural areas which are often farm lands, woodland forests, plains, deserts, and prairies with few buildings and habitants living far apart from each another. Although there are commonalities among rural areas, they also differ greatly from each other and face different issues. 


Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 10 July 2020 Closing date: 18 December 2020

A commodity is a basic good, raw material or primary agricultural product like wheat, copper or cattle. Commodities are often the fundamental ingredients for more complex goods and services. They can generally be divided into three categories: 


Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 14 September 2020 Closing date: 26 February 2021

The real estate sector is huge and amongst the last to implement technological change and the innovation that comes with it. The opportunities therein are driven by the sheer size of the industry, its lack of technology adoption and embedded industry practices characterised by inefficient processes and needless transactional costs. Property Technology, or “PropTech”, is a term that encompasses the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. PropTech has proliferated over the last 35 years initially due to the development of mainframe and personal computers, tools such as Lotus and Excel, then more comprehensive software solutions for architecting, engineering and construction, and finally the Internet era and online marketplaces. Recent breakthroughs in technologies spanning cloud computing, machine learning, smartphones, and improved connectivity capabilities are spurring further activity in the PropTech space.


Direct Negotiation (CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

Call for Proposals

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

Businesses from any sector can apply throughout the year, and the amount of funding may vary according to the project proposed. Simply tell us more about your idea and how you plan to implement it by completing our questionnaire, we will provide you feedback and advice on how to proceed.