Funding Opportunities Offered by ESA

Depending on whether your solution is using spin-in or spin-off technologies, there are different funding opportunities. All spin-in solutions are funded under the GSTP Element 1, whereas the funding for spin-offs will be offered by ESA Business Applications.



General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) Element 1

GSTP takes leading-edge technologies that are not yet ready to be sent to space and enables their development to be used in future missions.

Element 1 focuses on the development of technologies and products from low TRL to qualification: Platform, Payload, Ground Segment and Engineering Tools.

Business Applications (BA)

ESA Business Applications aims to show that space is open for business with the potential to improve our daily lives on Earth. This is done by helping companies to integrate space data and technology into commercial services.






Feasibility Studies


Demonstration Projects


ESA Spark Funding

ESA Spark Funding supports technology transfer projects from space to non-space that require initial funding during the initial adaptation or prototyping period towards commercialisation and market launch. Target groups are companies, with a focus on SMEs and start-ups, as well as research institutions and universities.

The ESA Spark Funding is not directly part of the ESA Booster programme, but offered by the ESA Technology Broker in Germany. We can recommend it for business cases, that do not fit to the opportunities listed above.
Follow the link to get more information.


Interested? Contact Your Local ESA BIC

To learn more about the funding opportunities and how to apply, please get in touch with the ESA BIC you were incubated in. If you are unsure or need any further help, we will assist you at!



Thomas Ballatré
Project Manager ESA BIC Bavaria



Dr. Stefan Engelhard  
Director of ESA BIC Baden-Württemberg
IHK Reutlingen



ESA BIC Hessen

Northern Germany

Northern Germany

ESA BIC Northern Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia

ESA BIC North Rhine-Westphalia

Get in Touch

Whether you have questions about the ESA BIC Booster programme, the funding opportunities or any other inquiry: Let us know how we can help you!

Shiv Contractor
Project Manager ESA BIC Booster

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