Space-based Innovation and Digitalisation for the School of Tomorrow

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  • ActivityDemonstration Project
  • Opening date31 May 2021
  • Closing date31 August 2021

***The Outline Proposal needs to be submitted before 30 June 2021 and the Full Proposal needs to be submitted before 31 August 2021***


Schools have always played the role of catalysts of innovation and creativity. They are the place where students explore, often for the first time, new technologies and advanced solutions. The advantage of technologies and innovation in the education sector is twofold: students are accompanied and prepared to enter the world of work, and they also become an essential tool for enhancing the quality of teaching and the learning process, especially in extraordinary circumstances, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

ESA will launch an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) inviting companies to submit their ideas for deploying and demonstrating services to respond to the need of innovation in the education sector. 

The high-level objectives of the AO are to: 

  • Guarantee the right of education to each student irrespective of geography, social status, economic conditions even during extraordinary circumstances;
  • Support the digital transformation of the school through the adoption of innovative technologies and solutions to replace traditional learning solutions;
  • Offer the opportunity to economic operators to develop and demonstrate applications based on space for the benefit of students and educators;
  • Promote the knowledge of space related disciplines to educators and students.

Moreover, this AO aims to foster the connection between students of different countries as cultural exchanges are an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The AO is an umbrella-call organised around specific macro-areas, the first one to be addressed is Sport for Everyone.

The use-case Sport for Everyone has been defined in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Education (MI)

Tenderers shall engage with at least two schools and agree with the relevant personnel a pilot trial to verify and deploy in an operational environment the proposed service(s).

Only for Tenderer(s) who choose to select schools in Italy for the pilot:The Tenderer shall perform the pilot in a minimum of two schools, of which one will be indicated by MI following the submission of the Outline Proposal and in due time before the deadline for the submission of the Full Proposal. 


Examples of targeted services of Sport for Everyone are:

  • Virtual Students Championship: organise and manage an online competition which sees the participation and the involvement of students of, desirably, different countries.  The students exploit the haptic technologies in a virtual environment to perform different sports. The virtual tournament will become an excellent platform for discovering different cultures and practicing new languages and developing the European Dimension in Sport.  
  • Sport for students with disabilities: through sport, people without disabilities interact with people with disabilities in a positive context, an environmental facilitator, without barriers and without differences. The proposed service is intended to be a tool for fostering the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities. The service will also encourage inclusion and help students without disabilities to remove perceptions and preconceptions.
  • Sport for the social inclusion:  a platform to allow students of different social classes, geographies and background to interact without the need of moving and using physical facilities while removing the discrimination. 


Space assets can play a key role in the development of these services.

Satellite Communication (SatCom) can:

  • Provide connectivity where terrestrial communications is insufficient to enable tele-education.

Satellite Navigation (SatNav) can:

  • Enable applications in the VR/AR environment;
  • Validate the access to the virtual platform based on the location of the pupils and the time when the access is done.

Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO) can:

  • Provide collection of data for production of images and maps, e.g. to provide relevant parameters into the VR/AR environment used for the competition or for the training (e.g. geographical maps).


ESA will bear up to 50% of the acceptable cost (up to an estimated amount of max. 1,000,000 Euro). The remainder has to be financed by the Tenderer through private sector direct and/or indirect co-funding and/or by the users based on terms and conditions to be agreed upon.

To the extent that activities are performed by Universities and Research Institutes with no commercial interest in the proposed product/service, or by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, said activities are funded up to 80% by the Agency, depending on the funding level authorised by the related National Delegation(s).


Motivation, business experience and domain expertise are all important features. We want to hear about your ideas that involve utilisation of either space technology or space data. 

The Agency will admit for evaluation only (Outline and Full) Proposals from a bidding team composed of an economic operator - being a prime or subcontractor - residing in any of those states that subscribe to ESA Space Solutions or to 5G SPL (5G Strategic Programme Line), should the proposed solution integrate also the 5G element.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed to BASS. 

Furthermore, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed to 5G SPL. 

Economic Operators (both prime and subcontractor), intending to respond to this AO are requested to send their Outline Proposal to their National Delegation(s).

Contact information can be found under:


There are two steps involved in applying to this call:

1. Outline Proposal: the first step is the submission of an Outline Proposal. The Outline Proposal template can be downloaded from  the bottom of this page 

Outline Proposals shall be submitted to ESA at the latest on 30 June 2021, 13h00 CEST at the following email address indicating "School of Tomorrow [Your Project Name]" as subject. 

Send to: and cc: and to the relevant National Delegation(s).

2. Full Proposal: Following notification by ESA on the acceptance of the Outline Proposal, the Tenderer may decide to prepare a Full Proposal using the provided template.  Only Full Proposals supported with a “Letter(s) of Authorisation of Funding” (AOF) from National Delegations covering the Full Proposal will be admitted for evaluation. The Full Proposals shall be delivered via “esa-star”.

In order to submit the Full Proposal on “esa-star”, the following steps are applicable:

  1. Register your team on esa-star today! If your team is made up of more than one company or organisation, each member will need to register. 
  2. Visit esa-star publications and search for this opportunity to download the official tender documentation. official documents will include proposal templates, a draft contract, and additional information about this opportunity.
  3. Create a ‘Bidder Restricted Area’ via esa-star.
  4. Use the official documents to prepare your proposal 
  5. Reach out to your National Delegate and request a Letter of Authorisation.
  6. Submit your proposal via esa-star before the appropriate deadline.

***Please see relevant documents below under the 'Downloads' header and notice that this Zip file for the SmartContractTool is also part of the documents relevant to this funding call.***


ESA Space Solutions is the go-to-place for great business ideas involving space in all areas of society and economy. Our mission is to support entrepreneurs in Europe in the development of business using satellite applications and space technology to improve everyday life. Our programme is designed to provide multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs), ESA Technology Broker Network, and ESA Business Applications programme. Funding typically ranges from 50KEuro to 2MEuro and supports everything from space technology transfer, early stage incubation programs, Feasibility Studies to large-scale Demonstration Projects.