ESA Technology Transfer Demonstrators

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?

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The Call allows both space and non-space companies to submit proposals to develop technology transfer demonstrators, requesting up to 38.000€ to develop a technology transfer demonstrator.

“Technology transfer” encompasses the transfer of a space technology (hardware or software), know-how, procedures, processes, methodologies and systems for which a terrestrial application is proposed.

Priority is given to projects where there is a clear ground based commercial application with a customer group with defined needs, and for whom the transfer demonstrator may be used to gain commercial traction.

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 New Products & Services, together with ESA, can select 7 (seven) 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 Tuesday 4th of October 2016, 3pm CET.

Evaluation Process

Upon receipt of the proposal, the Evaluation Board and stakeholders and/or experts shall assess the admissibility of the Applicant’s proposal and judge the idea against the criteria 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

Contact us

The official website of the Call is

If you have any questions, or need further information please contact Mr. Paris Rallis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Funding Opportunities

Available funding opportunities:

ERC - Proof of Concept

Horizon2020 - SME Instrument

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