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There will be two deadlines at which point proposals will be assessed and feedback provided:
1st Intake: 15 June 2021
2nd Intake: 15 September 2021
In the upcoming Announcement of Opportunity economic operators are invited to propose a Demonstration Project addressing the theme of:
Space for Smart and Uncrewed Shipping:
downstream services enabled by 5G and advanced positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)
The projects under this Call for Proposals shall address the Smart and Uncrewed shipping domain with innovative user-driven solutions relying on advanced technologies such as 5G and PNT (Positioning, Navigation and Timing) to the benefit of the involved user communities.
The current Call for Proposals is originated from the agreements established by ESA and several stakeholders, which can be grouped in the following categories:
* Industrial associations and alliances;
* Government agencies;
* EU Agencies;
* Maritime Authorities;
* Port Authorities.
These stakeholders, with their own perspective and mandates (detailed in the tender documentation), are interested in:
The projects shall focus on the design, development and demonstration of the downstream services and of the related space technologies and products, addressing the involved stakeholders’ priorities in the maritime sector.
In order to address the stakeholder and user needs, the proposed services shall rely on innovative space technologies and data including at least one of:
Projects may (though are not mandated to) include the following product/technology developments (however, proposals that include exclusively product and technology developments without service demonstration are not eligible to be addressed under this call):
The call for proposal’s objectives are:
* Promote the development of sustainable downstream applications in the domain of smart shipping and/or uncrewed shipping.
* Foster the utilization of innovative technologies such as 5G communications and advanced PNT (Positioning, Navigation, Timing).
* Development of the required technologies and products to enable the convergence of terrestrial and space based 5G networks.
* Development of the required technologies and products to enable advanced PNT techniques in support of uncrewed and smart shipping navigation.
* Advance the safe integration of uncrewed maritime vessels in maritime traffic.
* Provide pre-operational demonstrations to the prospective users and customers of the proposed applications show-casing the benefits deriving from the utilization of space.
* Promote the international dimension of the proposed services.
The following scenarios have been identified as key focus areas:
A number of examples of how space can support innovation in this domain are listed below:
Advanced PNT technologies
Satellite Earth observation
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:
|ACTIVITY||ESA PROJECT FUNDING (UP TO % OF ELIGIBLE COST|
** ESA will bear up to 50% of the project cost, and the remainder has to be financed by the tenderer and/or other partners direct or indirect co-financing.
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises activities can be funded up to 80 % by the Agency, depending on the funding level authorised by the related National Delegation(s).
For activities related to new technology/product development different funding levels may apply.
Work carried out by universities and research institutes involved as contractors or subcontractors and justifying no further commercial interest in the product may be up to 80% funded by the Agency (for Demonstration Projects), depending on the funding level authorised by the related National Delegation(s). The funding of Universities or Research Institutes shall not exceed 30% of the total allowable cost.
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 space technology/data.
For this call, companies residing in the following Member States are eligible to apply (depending on the scope of the proposal):
|Member (and Cooperating) States||Bass GPL||5G SPL||NAVISP Element 2|
|Czech Republic (CZ)||X||X||X|
|United Kingdom (GB)||X||X||X|
|The Netherlands (NL)||X||X|
See also the information below on obtaining letters of support from National Delegations.The service provider shall be part of the bidding team to ensure the commercial operational roll-out of the proposed service following completion of the project.
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.
Contact information can be found under:
Smart and Uncrewed Shipping - General event - 03 February 2021, 11:00 CET (this webinar has taken place)
Smart and Uncrewed Shipping - UK event - 17 March 2021, 11:00 CET (this webinar has taken place)
Smart and Uncrewed Shipping - Norwegian event - 21 April 2021, 11:00 CEST