Preparatory Work

  • Prior to submitting a Full Proposal, the Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star. Every entity must be registered under their own national legislation. This process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.

    As of 15 March 2016 esa-star – ESA’s System for Tendering And RegistrationRead more about esa-star replaced EMITS as the facility to register with ESA as an external entity, i.e. potential bidder / supplier. Existing user data from EMITS has been carried over to esa-star, which also provides access to your own entity-related data in order to verify, validate, modify or complete the registration-related data. Entities whose registration process in EMITS was in status “in preparation” on 8 March 2016 should re-enter their entity data into the new esa-star registration facility.

  • Funding of the individual Prime or subcontractors is subject to authorisation of the required ARTES SATCOM-APPS budget by the related National Delegation(s). As documented in the ARTES Declaration and Implementing Rules, the delegations are free to decide whether or not to support an entity. Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation fromtheir national delegation before submitting a Full Proposal.

Direct Negotiation (Call for Proposals)

ESA is inviting companies, organisations and private or public institutions to submit at any given time a proposal against ARTES SATCOM-APPS "Call For Proposals"

This Invitation To Tender (ITT) has no fixed budget and no closing date, which is the reason for likewise calling it 'Open' Call for Proposals. Proposals from industrial consortium partners can be co-funded by ESA up to 50% of the cost of the project.


If your company is a Small or Medium-sized Business (SMB) from a country participating in ARTES SATCOM-APPS that has not worked with ESA in the last 10 years, you are eligible to submit a proposal to ARTES SATCOM-APPS Entry. This initiative is designed to support SMBs through the stages of research and development for the satcom market and awards development contracts with financial support up to 75% of the activity cost (max €250,000).


For more information on the financial support for ESA's ARTES SATCOM-APPS programme visit Funding Schemes.