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    The application of space-based systems to improve human health, or “Space for Health”, is one of the most notable and perhaps surprising success stories of recent years.

     

    It supports the protective needs of individuals, but also helps society as a whole respond to from hazards such as infectious disease outbreaks, as well as enabling crisis management (such as response to natural disasters, emergencies, terrorism).

    The health sector was hit by COVID-19 unprepared and with severe consequences. At the same time, the pandemic accelerated its digitalisation in an unprecedented manner, especially in form of teleconsultations and digital analytics solutions. Through telemedicine patients can diminish geographical or physical barriers (e. g. consultation, home monitoring, prevention, second opinion or even robotic surgeries). This is relevant for the lockdowns, but it is also a daily challenge for remote areas with fewer doctors and specialists and low or no internet connection. Satellites also find and connect patients in difficult to access areas (e.g. mountains, water, air) and during emergencies or disasters.

    Digital self-monitoring devices and applications (mobile health) – for elderly, as part of the so-called silver economy, but also younger generations – are in need of connectivity. In fact, various chronic illnesses can be monitored in real-time, ensuring timely action (for example in the case of telecardiology). ESA’s experience from space, in particular Human Spaceflight and Robotics, and health applications are influencing each other, leading to technological adaptations and improvements. Tissue engineering or cancer research in micro-gravity environments are examples of this highly innovative research area.

    On a macro level, the concept of One Health plays a key role as a systematic approach to understanding environmental change and damages (deforestation and extensive farming, among others), impact on animal health, and consequently its impact on human health, especially for water-borne and vector-borne diseases. Improved scientific collaborations with shared datasets from various sources and the use of artificial intelligence will further improve skills in monitoring, tracking, screening, mapping and modelling of diseases and pandemics.

     

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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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