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Feasibility Study

31. December 2019

Feasibility Studies provide the preparatory framework to identify, analyse and define new potentially sustainable applications and services within the ARTES IAP programme. They have to be compliant with the following requirements: they are user driven, they benefit from the integrated use of one or more space assets and the tenderer intends to pursue a demonstration project after successful completion of the feasibility study.

The ARTES IAP Feasibility Study is likely to run at least 6 months but shall not run longer than 12 months. The duration depends on the complexity of the activity and the degree of upfront buy-in by user communities and other partners.

Assuming the Feasibility Study is successful, it is expected that it evolves into a Demonstration Project, the final target being the implementation of a commercial service.

For more information on the financial support of the ARTES IAP programme see Funding Scheme.

Funding Scheme

Funded participation to the ARTES Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company, be it as federation of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribed to the ARTES IAP programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

Funding of the individual Prime or subcontractors is subject to authorisation of the required ARTES IAP 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 from their national delegation before submitting a Full Proposal.

Activities may be funded by ESA up to 100% of the cost of the project.


Project Cost Funding

Funding Limit

Duration Limit

ESA Tenderer and /or third party
Feasibility Study 50% 50%    
100%* 0%    
Fast Track Feasibility Study 50% 50% 50 kEuro 6 months
Demonstration Project 50%* 50%    
*For Feasibility Studies carried out by universities and research institutes involved as contractors or subcontractors and justifying no further commercial interest in the product may be 100% funded by the Agency.

ESA Tender Information

Responding to the ARTES IAP Call for Proposals involves the submission of an Outline Proposal by using the applicable template in the documents section. An interactive online guide, the Outline Proposal Development Tool, has been specifically designed to help the applicant to prepare the Outline Proposal.

Received Outline Proposals are then subject for evaluation by ESA in order to assess the compliance of proposed activities with the selection criteria of the IAP programme. Following approval, applicants are invited to submit Full Proposals in a given timeframe.

The submission of the Full Proposal initiates the evaluation process according to ESA regulations and procedures. Due to the direct negotiation character of the proposal, shortcomings of the proposals trigger clarification and iteration loops with the involved consortia. Only the positive conclusion of the proposal evaluation results in a negotiation meeting and contract award.

For the fully detailed Proposal Guide on non-competitive ITTs click Direct Negotiation.

Registration as Bidder

Prior to submitting a Full Proposal, the Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star. This process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.