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European Space Agency Funding

02 March 2014
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European Space Agency Research Grants:

ESA recognises small and medium sized companies (SMEs) as key innovation makers. ESA technology programmes accordingly welcome interest from small firms.

The Agency has introduced a SME Initiative to encourage their entry into the space sector. It includes a number of funding instruments for new technology development (see Calls for Proposals on the right hand link), specialised training in aspects of the space industry and partnership and networking opportunities coordinated through a dedicated SME website.

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ESA Innovation Triangle Initiative

Supports the identification, validation and development of disruptive space innovations based on new ideas or concepts, giving preference to innovations coming originally from non-space industrial or research sectors.

If you have new ideas for products, processes or services, which are potential candidates for technology innovation to be used in space applications, then submitting proposals to ITI is in your best interest.
ITI supports the identification, validation and development of disruptive space innovations based on new ideas or concepts, giving preference to innovations coming originally from non-space industrial or research sectors. The submitters of these ideas or concepts are supported by ITI with seed-money, technical support and networking contacts aiming at combining the creativity, know-how and experience of the Research Community, Space Customers and Industry. In this context, ITI can provide:

  • Seed-Money - 50k€, 150k€ or higher depending on the type of activity.
  •  Technical Support - Submitters can contact ESA experts to discuss proposal concepts and verify their relevance and applicability to space.
     Submitters with a limited experience in developing technologies for space are also encouraged to download and read the following European Space Technology Requirements (ESTER) database.
  •  Networking (building the "Innovation Triangle") - through the links provided, submitters have the opportunity of finding potential partners thus facilitating the validation, development and utilization of innovative ideas.

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