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

Social and Environmentally-Friendly Mobility

Invitation to Tender      Opening date: 21 October 2021 Closing date: 03 January 2022

Transport currently accounts for a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and this figure continues to rise as demand grows. Moving to more sustainable transport means putting users first and providing them with more affordable, accessible, healthier and cleaner alternatives. Environmental concerns and the need for more socially and financially efficient modes of transportation are guiding the new generation of transportation users.

Digital Platforms

Intended Tender      Opening date: 10 December 2021 Closing date: 21 February 2022

This Kick-Start initiative exploreshow space technology can link with or enable online digital platforms, by introducing new features and innovative services to consumers and businesses. Conversely, it also considers the benefits that digital platforms could offer to the space ecosystem, by offering space products and services in novel way. Such digital platforms are understood as online e-commerce websiteconnecting buyers and sellers, facilitating transactions of products, service, and exchange of social contents, such as Amazon, Uber, or Facebook.


Direct Negotiation (CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

NHS Future Hospitals Initiative

Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA), we are promoting innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of the NHS ecosystem. This Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contributes towards shaping the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

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.