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IPN and ESA, with the support of FCT and ANACOM, hereby invite you to submit a project against the present Small ARTES Applications Permanent Open Call .
The purpose of the call is to stimulate the submission of realistic ideas for innovative utilisation of space services and technologies such as Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Human Spaceflight technologies within non-space markets such as transport, energy, health, agriculture, environment, safety, etc.. Projects addressing relevant problems, needs or opportunities in Portuguese speaking African countries or in the martitime domain are encouraged.

The available grant per Project is up to 25.000 Euro in a co-funding basis up to 50% of the Total Project Cost. All Application must be submitted to IPN in .pdf format to

Submissions for the year 2019 close on June 14th at 23:59 GMT.

Conditions to Tender and Management Requirements
Invitation to Tender
Project Submission Form
Draft Contract

ESA supports the development, validation and demonstration of viable operational applications and services, relying on space systems and having the objective to establish sustainable operational solutions, through two funding programmes: ARTES IAP (Integrated Applications Promotion) and ARTES SATCOM APPS (Satellite Telecommunications Applications). Proposals can be submitted in response to Open Competition issued by ESA on specific subjects (fully funded by ESA) or at your own initiative through Direct Negotiation (50% funded by ESA).

In addition, the Kick-start Activity is an ESA’s new funding scheme to support financially activities up to 75% (max. €60,000) within specific thematic calls. They are designed to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new business applications. Kick-start Activities are designated to enable companies to undertake compact Feasibility Studies that explore new service and application concepts which make use of space capabilities. Successful Kick-start Activities can be further developed into commercially-viable businesses with follow-up support from ESA Business Applications in the form of a Demonstration Project.

Depending on the level of maturity of your project, ESA programmes offer different funding schemes. If you need any assistance to prepare your proposal, as Portuguese Ambassador of the ESA Business Application, do not hesitate to contact us, we would be glad to help you!

Conditions to submit application to ESA Business Applications in Portugal