What is ESA’s Technology Transfer Demonstrators Programme?
The Technology Transfer Demonstrators Programme is an initiative of ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office that aims to identify and adapt space technologies for non-space use, resulting in commercially viable products and high potential companies.
The Technology Transfer Demonstrators are directed specifically towards the determination and elimination of technical risk particular to the new terrestrial application.
Who can apply?
The 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.
How does it work?
Transfer Demonstrator projects support the transfer of space technology to terrestrial applications where there is a strong commercial or societal benefit and there is a clear technical risk that can be eliminated. These projects result in the development and testing of new hardware and software which increase the likelihood of the core technology being transferred from space to ground.
Transfer Demonstrator projects are to support the advancement of technologies that have a high space Technology Readiness Level (TRL) but a lower TRL for ground based commercial applications. The limited amount of funding available per project means that projects must be efficiently managed with a clear definition of the technical risk to be tackled.
Verhaert, together with ESA, can select 7 projects to be funded with a maximum amount of 38.000 EURO each. The projects should be executed in maximum 6 months.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th of August 2017, 12p.m. CET.
All proposals will be checked by an Opening Board, if formal requirements are accomplished. When compliant, the Tender Evaluation Board (ESA, VERHAERT, stakeholders and experts) will evaluate the proposals on the selection criteria, which are listed below:
1. Current Development Status
2. Attractiveness of Non-Space Market
3. Novelty and Intellectual Property
4. Project Feasibility
5. The need for a Technical Demonstrator
6. Degree of Compliance
The official website of the Call is http://spacetechnology.be/open-call-2017/.