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Date published: 19 May 2017
Call Closure: 11 August 2017 12 p.m. CET
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 2017”, 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 spacetechnology@verhaert.com, please fill out the form below to download the application template.

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

Apply before 11 August 2017, 12 p.m. CET

Please fill out the form below to receive the application template by email. To submit proposals for demonstrators send your application to spacetechnology@verhaert.com

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Evaluation process

We invite applicants to submit their proposals via spacetechnology@verhaert.com before the deadline of 11 August 2017, 12 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

The proposal shall be evaluated against the criteria and weighting factors, below:

  • 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. (15%)
  • Attractiveness of the 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. (20%)
  • 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. (15%)
  • 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. Degree of compliance with the time frame proposed in the call. (20%)
  • The need for a Technical 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. (20%)
  • Degree of compliance with the commitment of a receiver and the donor working together. (10%)


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Demonstrator Call Winners 2016

Highly sensitive lateral-flow lab-on-chip immunoassay for self-diagnostics

Antelope Diagnostics/Ghent university

Antelope Diagnostics is a spinoff from the University of Ghent, which is in the incubation phase and aims at startup around fall 2017. The team is building a rapid self-testing platform which brings diagnostics to where it is really needed: in the hands of patients. An example of a market that is targeted is self-testing for sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia, Hepatitis C or HIV. Second, we are also developing an assay that assists people to assess their risk on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and to subsequently prevent them from developing these conditions via self-monitoring and coaching.

The technology comprises of a read-out unit and a consumable. The consumable consists of a mature silicon photonics chip embedded in a microfluidic cartridge. In order to ready the consumable for the homecare market, a new microfluidic cartridge has to be designed that requires no user manipulations and that can easily be mass-produced. Capillary microfluidics is a passive technology that enables this. Densely defined nanostructures can drag a drop of blood over the sensor, omitting the need for active pumping and simplifying the system. Furthermore, they are easily reproduced by lithography and injection molding. The technology to be transferred is the design and fabrication of these capillary systems.

The proposed technology transfer relies on micro-fabrication processes and surface treatments originating from the following space related projects: EDA RTP 10.8. IR Diffractive and Low Cost Optic; ESA-TRP Infrared Lithographic Manufacturing of Zeroth Order Gratings for Innovative Achromatic IR Phase Shifters; ESA Solar Orbiter (Monolithic high solar rejection EUI transmission filter development for the EUI instrument). This knowledge is mainly situated from CSL – Research department of the University of Liege as being one of the contributors of this demonstrator project. The consideration of the fabrication process at CSL as part of the space programs have been included in the design which led us to a cartridge which is laser-written from both sides. The cartridge has been fabricated and the filling experiments validate the design.

Space per automotive

G&A Engineering

The aim of the project is the development of a Technology Transfer Demonstrator of a new generation Event Data Recorder (Black Box) to be applied onboard different kind of vehicles (terrestrial and naval) in order to real-time monitor, record and trace all the operational events of the vehicle.

This device of the last generation include gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, RH, P and T sensors, on-board LAN, CAN bus controller…, in order to acquire, real-time, all the vehicle data by storing them into different memory banks, allowing a fine crash reconstruction.

Some of the used technologies were successfully developed and used in 2 different space missions inside 2 different experiments. The 1st experiment EST (Electronic Space Test) flew as part of the Eneide Mission of Gen. Roberto Vittori in 2005 and the 2nd experiment APE (Astronaut PersonalEye) flew as part of the DaMa Mission of Gen. Roberto Vittori in 2011.

Earth application of timepix space radiation monitor in centralized network

Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Czech Technical University

The project was based on the SATRAM (Space Application Timepix Radiation Monitor), which is an adaptation of the Timepix detector developed at CERN for the use in Space. During the realization of the project, the IEAP CTU has provided 5 Timepix detectors (4 with 300 μm thick silicon sensor, 1 with a 500 μm thick GaAs layer), which were tested and calibrated, the FITPix readout systems, and the software for detector control, data processing, analysis, and visualization.

The demonstrator successfully showed that a centralized area-wide network of radiation monitors based on Timepix pixel detector technology can be running properly without user interactions. The results in the form of radiation levels are stored permanently on a server, so that the history of changes in the radiation levels can be reviewed at any time. Automatic data transfer from the detectors to the server is currently not possible due to network security restrictions, but possible solutions to bypass the security are negotiated.

The demonstrator is covered by a close cooperation with local industry partners in nuclear control.


Adamant Composites

The scope of the project was to transfer FXply Materials technology from space structures to sports equipment utilizing composite materials. The space technology demonstrated in MADE4SPORTS project is a material technology based on nanotechnology comprising two interdependent modules; the made-to-measure material development through design and the FXply technology that can help with the design. The first module is used in space as a design process developed for the need of space structural materials to be versatile and tailored. The second is a material processing technology developed for enabling these tailored targeted performances of composites used in satellite architectures. The technology is the outcome of years of combined research and development through EU projects.



The PATO BET transfer demonstrator project consist in upgrading and adapting PATO (Porous material Analysis Toolbox), initially a NASA funded project and distributed around EU/USA. The space technology has been developed to fulfill the ambitious exploration program of the space agency’s there is a need for advanced fundamental models and simulation tools to guide innovative ablative material developed and enable an optimized and safe design of the thermal protection system for space vehicles.

PATO BET will make it possible to model and simulate industrial processes in the biomass pyrolysis sector with the same level of precision as in the field of thermal protection system design for space exploration.

Bearing technology for rotating magnetrons


The aim of the technology transfer demonstrator was to investigate the possible benefits of applying solid lubricants developed for the space industry in a terrestrial application. The target application was a rotating cathode magnetron developed by Gencoa. In particular, the aim was to improve the reliability of the bearing set-up through a change in the lubrication approach.



The project consists of the design and manufacturing of a demonstrator of a wearable multi parameter physiological monitoring system which measures body signals of divers and swimmers. The monitoring system is based on sensors which were developed by CSEM under the frame of LTMS (Long-Term Medical Survey) commissioned by ESA. The LTMS sensor technology has been modified so that they can be used under water in a diving suit. After some laboratory tests; during the demonstrator a diver has worn the sensor system during a test dive to see whether the system can be used. The demand readiness level of the LTMS-S technology was at 7.