Funding and support opportunity: Services to support resilient & sustainable critical infrastructure

The service you intend to develop must be using on Earth a technology developed initially for Space like Satellite Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, Satellite Communications, Spaceflight Technologies, Space Weather.
Applications are closed
a year ago

The European Space Agency’s services to support resilient & sustainable critical infrastructure opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to carry out an in-depth analysis on the technical feasibility and economic viability of services to reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructures and for making such infrastructure more “green”.


Examples of critical infrastructures include:

  • Drinkable water
  • Supplies
  • Emergency services
  • Food and agriculture
  • Financial services
  • Waste and wastewater systems
  • Government facilities
  • Dams
  • Harbours
  • Transportation systems
  • Information technology 


Ideas for commercial services empowered by space developing systems that will reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructures. We consider three key factors:

  • Team
  • Market potential
  • Space application

The service you intend to develop must be using on Earth a technology developed initially for Space like Satellite Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, Satellite Communications, Spaceflight Technologies, Space Weather.


  • Smart Infrastructures & Urban Planning

  • City analytics
  • Sustainable Cities & Living

  • Smart Security

  • Smart Utilities

  • Big-Data analytics

  • Image-recognition algorithms

  • IoT & 5G

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)

  • Blockchain

  • Cloud Data Privacy


We offer funding and support to companies for business case assessment and development of new space empowered services for reducing the vulnerability of Critical Infrastructures.

  • Zero-equity fully funded activities up to €250K per project

  • Technical & commercial guidance

  • Access to our network and partners

  • Use of the ESA brand for your service

The Deadline to submit an application: 14 May 2018

Source: The European Space Agency

Illustration Photo: Sentinel-2 takes us over the US capital city of Washington DC, nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Washington is a city inside the District of Columbia – ‘DC’ which is not a part of any state. The District is home to the centres of all three branches of the federal US government: legislative, executive and judicial. Near the centre of the image, a straight green line cuts through the built-up area. This is the famous National Mall with the Capitol Building at its eastern end and the Lincoln Memorial at its west. The White House sits just north of the Mall. Nearly 20% of the District’s area comprises parkland, such as Rock Creek Park appearing dark green in the upper-central part of the image. The parkland follows the flow of Rock Creek, a tributary to the larger Potomac River. Farther southeast, the Anacostia River also flows into the Potomac. The large, green area in the upper right is part of the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, a wildlife refuge spanning over 50 sq km dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2015), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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