Open call for demonstrators, apply before 4 October 2016


Get funding to demonstrate space technology for an earthly application

Date published: 29 August 2016
Call Closure: 4 October 2016 3 p.m.

As part of efforts to promote the use of space technologies in ESA Member States, an Open Call for Technology Transfer Proposals (“Technology Transfer Demonstrator Competition 2016”, hereinafter called “Demonstrator Call”) has been opened. VERHAERT has been entrusted by ESA to set up, implement and manage it. The Technology Transfer Demonstrators are directed specifically towards the determination and elimination of technical risk particular to the new terrestrial application. The Open Call allows 7 projects of both space and non-space organizations or individuals to submit proposals to develop technology transfer demonstrators. This call is open for all ESA member states.

Through this Call, VERHAERT invites applicants to request funding up to 38.000 euro to develop a demonstrator regarding the transfer of a space technology into a non-space application. The projects should be executed in maximum 6 months.

In order to apply for this call, please send your submission towards, please fill out the form below to download the application template.

Before sending out your submission please carefully read the following documents:

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Evaluation process

We invite applicants to submit their proposals via before the deadline of 4 October 2016, 3 p.m. CET.

First all proposals will be checked by an Opening Board, if formal requirements accomplished. When compliant, the Tender Evaluation Board (ESA, VERHAERT, stakeholders and experts) will evaluate the proposals on the selection criteria. The Board will inform the applicant of the evaluation in writing. The 7 proposals with the highest marks (above 60) will be selected for negotiations.

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated, with equal weighting, by following criteria:

  • Current Development Status
    Has the space technology been developed sufficiently for a technology transfer to non-space application. It is necessary to look both in the TRL in space and the approximate for non-space. High TRL level in space is expected.
  • Attractiveness of Non-Space Market
    Attractiveness of Non-Space Market – an estimate of the size of technology’s final application/market and its potential value in commercial or societal terms. Credibility of the potential access to market will be assessed.
  • Novelty and Intellectual Property
    The novelty of the technology in its non-space application and the consequent competitive advantage. The current status of the IPRs and the potential protection of the results.
  • Project Feasibility
    An estimate of the likelihood of the Technical Demonstrator achieving its technical objectives in the stated budget and a successful transfer in a reasonable time-frame. Compliance with the time frame proposed in the call.
  • The Need for a Technology Demonstrator
    The likelihood and expected timing for the technical demonstrator to lead to the engagement of customers with the expected timing and the need of financial support by the Agency.


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