The Asia-Pacific Region is a dynamic region which presents excellent growth opportunities for international cooperation that have been already explored and proven to be fruitful for European companies operating in different market segments (e.g. automotive, insurance, ICT, healthcare, oil & gas). Notwithstanding these initiatives, a lot of opportunities appear yet to be seized.
The development of more advanced operational and technology capabilities such as big data solutions, cloud platform and more powerful data access/management make the integration process easier and easier thereby facilitating penetration of services and applications developed by European companies.
The use and integration of space technologies and services is considered especially suitable and relevant in this region due to its geographical characteristics, being vast with large areas of difficult accessibility.
Many examples can be provided as reliance on Satellite Earth Observation data for monitoring applications or on Satellite Communications assets for providing connectivity to remote regions. The positioning and navigation capabilities of Satellite Navigation signals are useful ubiquitously in many applications and services.
Space can add value to the Asia-Pacific Region and increase its capabilities. A selection of value adding examples is listed below:
The Kick-start Activity proposed must demonstrate the application of space-based data and technology:
Targeted topics benefiting from space assets and services include for example:
Kick-start Activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical viability 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 "Asia Pacific region", which means that the call is open to companies which intend to expand their currently available offers in this region by integration of space assets, export their solutions through adaptations to the needs of the local user communities, develop new applications and services.
Currently only Germany and Norway have pre-approved funding for this Kick-start activity. Applications from any other Member State 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.