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Funding for Connected Rural Communities projects

11 February 2020


Funding for new applications and services that exploit space assets

The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting businesses to consider applying for their latest funding opportunity under the Connected Rural Communities Kick-Start programme.

Kick-Start activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical viability of new applications and services that exploit one or more space assets, for example:

  • satellite communications
  • satellite navigation
  • Earth observation
  • human space flight technology

This Kick-Start call is organised in the following sub-thematic calls:

Life of communities: Education & Health
Opening date: 19 March 2020
Closing date: 4 May 2020

Business opportunities: Mobility & Tourism
Opening date: 4 May 2020
Closing date: 12 June 2020

Safety & Security
Opening date: 15 June 2020
Closing date: 24 July 2020

Management of resources: Utilities & Natural resources
Opening date: 24 July 2020
Closing date: 18 September 2020

These calls are open to companies that intend to develop space-enabled internet applications and services for the rural communities.

Find out more about the Connected Rural Communities Kick-Start programme.

The ESA will be holding webinars to provide more information on the calls. First two webinars will be dealing with the Connected Rural Communities: Education & Health call. These will take place on 27 February and 10 March 2020. Register now to attend the webinars.