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    Education includes public and private education and training as well as innovative means of teaching and learning, such as tele-education, blended learning or massive online open courses (MOOCs).

     

    The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the importance of and need for reliable connectivity in a sector which was subject to a comparatively slow digitalisation. In a digitalised world, connectivity becomes a precondition to access educational and learning content: across the developed world in 2019, 87 out of 100 households had internet access at home, however worldwide the average drops to 57 households. Fixed internet connectivity in rural areas in Europe lies only at 40%. 78 out of 100 households have a computer at home in Europe, but worldwide only around 50 out of 100 households do. There is a need for cost-effective connectivity  in remote areas and as a back-up for terrestrial connections to ensure access to education.

    With regard to content and platforms, educational technology -or Edtech– companies, are registering strong increases in utilisation rates. Acceptance and characteristics of eLearning and Edtech solutions, but also user capabilities, are improving. Content had been digitalised in recent years and access to content has been opened up, making digital and lifelong learning more accessible for everybody. In the coming years, further innovation can be expected through progress in augmented/virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions.

    Providing reliable and sustainable education services is an important aim of cooperation with developing countries. International donors (such as the EU and World Bank) consider such efforts to be a high priority. The establishment of close partnerships with local organisations and communities in the fields of scientific research, education, technology and applications is recognised by ESA’s support programmes as a prerequisite for the development of demand-driven projects that meet real user needs.

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    Under NAVISP Element 2, the Agency issues this permanently open Call for Proposals for the development of innovative competitive products in the Satellite Navigation and wider Position, Navigation and Timing domain. The objective is to boost Member States’ industrial competitiveness in the fast- evolving navigation sector. Proposals are welcome from space and non-space companies, from large and small enterprises and start-ups. Products can address satellite space segment, ground infrastructure and user segment including applications and services. Industry and research institutions of interested participating States are therefore invited to submit Outline Proposals for the development of pre-operational products matching their strategies and plans. Upon positive assessment of their Outline Proposal, they will be invited to submit the Full Proposal which will be evaluated once a Support Letter from the relevant national Delegation is received. The Tendering process details and the guidelines for preparing the Outline and Full Proposals are described in the AO.

    This is a call of the  Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP) Programme Element 2. 

    For more information and access to the open call for proposal documents see esa-star webpage.

    The objective of the call is to provide a framework to rapidly respond to new innovative ideas.

    The scope of the call covers elements of Block 4 of Future EO-1 Segment 1.

    The particular focus for innovative activities under each element is as follows:

    1. Grand Science Challenges
    2. EO for a Resilient Society
    3. Artificial Intelligence for EO
    4. Regional Initiatives
    5. EO for Civil Security

    Any individual contract will be limited to a Firm Fixed Price of up to 150KEuro and to a maximum duration of 12 months.

    Bidders will be required to demonstrate the innovative content of their proposals and, where appropriate, the engagement of relevant stakeholders. For proposals related to Grand Science Challenges, bidders will be also required to demonstrate scientific excellence of the proposed activity.

    Learn more about this Invitation To Tender on esa-star.

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