Apply to the ESA Open Call for Demonstrators and get funding to demonstrate your earthly application of space technology or know-how. ESA Space Solutions, managed in Belgium by Verhaert, has set up this call to stimulate innovation with technology initially invented for space.
Why build a demonstrator?
Your terrestrial business can benefit from technology that was once designed for space purposes. It might even tackle a very specific technological problem. Building a demonstrator significantly reduces the risks of transferring a technology from one application field to another.
Which technologies are available to you?
If you have a technical challenge and you’re looking for a solution, space technology already has many feasible solutions for you to find inspiration.
What’s in it for you?
We have 39.000 EUR on offer to cover technical costs of demonstrating the use of a space technology in a non-space application. Acceptable costs are related to the implementation of the demonstrators i.e. workforce, materials, equipment.
When, how and where to apply?
Make sure to read the Template Contract (PDF), which is what you will be offered in case your proposal is selected.
What is the evaluation process?
First all proposals will be checked by an Opening Board to determine if formal requirements were accomplished.
When compliant, the Tender Evaluation Board, consisting of ESA, Verhaert, stakeholders and experts, will evaluate the proposals on 4 selection criteria:
- Suitability of space heritage technology
- Market opportunity
- Quality of the proposal
- Quality of the management plan and financial proposal
The Board will inform the applicant of the evaluation in writing. The two proposals with the highest marks (above 60) will be selected for negotiations.
Want help with your proposal?
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For more info, please visit the ESA Space Solutions Belgium website.