Kick-start Activities: new funding opportunity for innovative applications ideas

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Kick-start Activity is ESA’s new Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) funding scheme which is being launched in 2017. Activities will be funded at 75%, with ESA providing up to €60,000 per contract. The Kick-start Calls for Proposals are open to any industry in IAP participating Member States. They are expected to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new services.  

Kick-start activities are designed to enable companies to undertake short Feasibility Studies that explore new service and application concepts which make use of space capabilities. Successful Kick-start Activities can be further developed into commercially-viable businesses with follow-up support from IAP in the form of a demonstration project.

We will invite proposals for Kick-start Activities on the basis of thematic calls. We have streamlined the application process so that the paperwork has been suitably minimised. An Outline Proposal will not be required; solely a single document, maximum 20 pages in length. We are committed to a rapid evaluation process, with approved activities starting within six weeks from evaluation.

In the first semester 2017, we will be launching four Kick-start Activity thematic Calls for Proposals

This funding opportunity is open to companies from any industry of the IAP participating Member States. Newcomers and organisations we've worked with before are both welcome!

With the Kick-start Activities, ESA aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in the ARTES IAP programme, supporting the emergence of new commercial services and applications relying on space assets and data.


As these calls are announced, we will be posting dates when prospective applicants can register for webinars during which we will provide further information on the topics of each call, explaining the proposal process and answering your questions.

The webinars for the themes are scheduled on:

  • Food Security
    The webinar presentations from 11 and 24 May 2017 can be downloaded from registered users.
    The recording of the webinar which was held 11 May 2017 can be re-watched.

  • Ageing Population
    The webinar presentations from 11 and 18 April 2017 can be downloaded from registered users.
    The recording of the webinar which was held 18 April 2017 can be re-watched.

  • Automated Road Transport
    The webinar presentations from 9 March 2017 can be downloaded from registered users.

  • Outdoor Tourism
    The webinar presentations from 12 and 19 January 2017 can be downloaded from registered users.

You will access the webinars through your web browser. We recommend that you log in 10 minutes before the event begins. This will allow you to test your connection to the server and ensure that all required plugins are up to date.

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15 December 2016 - Last updated at 23 June 2017 - 09:30