Intelligent Transport

  • ActivityFeasibility Study, Demonstration Project
  • Opening date 18-01-2020
  • Closing date 24-05-2021

***The Outline Proposal needs to be submitted before 19 April 2021 and the Full Proposal needs to be submitted before 24 May 2021***

In the upcoming Announcement of Opportunity, economic operators are invited to propose either a Feasibility Study or a Demonstration Project addressing the theme of: Intelligent Transport


An Intelligent Transport System (ITS) constitutes the integration of information and communications technology with transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. By sharing information, ITS allows people to get more out of transport networks, with greater safety, efficiency, security and with less impact on the environment. With the concept of smart cities transmuting into digital societies, Intelligent Transport Systems become the indispensable component for making the life of citizens easy in every facet. In any city, mobility is a key concern; be it going to school, college or office, or for any other purpose, citizens use transport systems to travel within the city. Real-time information is a critical requirement for effective usage and operation of ITS for public transport, logistics management, road and rail operations, and management of major transport hubs.

The following scenarios have been identified as key focus areas:

  • i. Sustainable and Safe Mobility Based on Advanced Traffic Management Systems
  • ii. Advanced Traveler Advisory System
  • iii. Advanced and Safe Public Transportation System
  • iv. Advanced Rail Transport Management Systems


The proposed ideas must use satellite or space-based data as well as 5G technology.

  • Satellite Communication: Satellite Communication can support services such as e-Call, anti-theft, remote vehicle diagnostic, cargo tracking, railway connectivity in remote areas. 
  • Earth Observation: In the ITS domain, Earth Observation is crucial to provide weather information and digital maps update. 
  • Satellite Navigation: Satellite Navigation enables positioning and guidance to support trace, tracking and improved logistics, route optimisation, and geo-tagging of in-situ data. Satellite Navigation is crucial for ITS; traffic information, and position of the vehicles are based on GNSS data. Improved accuracy and reliability can be achieved thanks to 5G networks, leveraging on exchanges of corrections and ancillary information between receivers. 


We offer funding and support to companies, both for business case assessment and for the development of new, space-based services related to intelligent transport. Our offer includes:

  • Technical & commercial guidance;
  • Access to our network and partners;
  • Use of the ESA brand for your service.
  • Zero-equity funding as summarized in the table presented below:
Feasibility Study  50%** Max ESA price: 200 kEuro
Demonstration Project  50%** Max ESA price: 1 MEuro

** ESA will bear up to 50% of the 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 co-financing.

  • 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 80%.


We are looking for teams that have identified an attractive sustainable opportunity with real potential for engaging customers. Motivation, business experience and domain expertise are all important features. We want to hear about your sustainable ideas that involve either space technology or space data. For this call, companies residing in the following Member States will be eligible to apply: AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, FI, FR, IE, IT, LU, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, UK. See also the information below on obtaining letters of support from National Delegations.

Funding Scheme 

Funded participation to ESA ARTES Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) 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 BASS programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, 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 authorization by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore, bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorization from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.

The Outline Proposal needs to be submitted before 19 April 2021.

The Full Proposal needs to be submitted before 24 May 2021.


  • 15:00 CET, 26 October 2020
  • 11:00 CET, 10 December 2020