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    Public safety and security has and will always be one of the top priorities of governments and societies across the world.


    Public agencies have the basic function of protecting all elements of society, including citizens, the economy and critical infrastructure. The sector is in the midst of upgrading its high level of legacy equipment and moving more towards data enabled services. This digital transformation is needed to provide efficiency gains for governments to protect, prevent, detect and respond and face a growing number of challenges such as urbanisation, extreme weather events, natural disasters, cross-border migration, cyber criminality and terrorism. Space-based services are in a good position to support this transformation and are already present in several areas of civil protection (e.g. border control, maritime surveillance, demining and disaster and emergency preparedness and response).

    Telecommunication networks form a critical part in the provision of secure operations in the fields of critical infrastructure, transportation and other governmental services. These sectors typically depend on terrestrial solutions, which at times may constitute a systemic point of failure caused by natural or human made disasters or cyberattacks (e.g. air traffic management systems). Satellite communications can help mitigate these major safety and security threats by providing secure transmission as a standalone element or complement by reducing the vulnerability and increase the overall resiliency of terrestrial communication systems. Earth observation data can observe, understand, decide and act in these critical situations and support in monitoring of natural-manmade disasters, migration flows, critical infrastructure or forecasting of extreme weather events. Satellite navigation can provide positioning and timing services for civilian protection and humanitarian operations, traffic safety and fleet management or authentication time stamping of financial transactions.

    Govesatcom precursor, Iris, and European Data Relay System (EDRS) are some examples of partnerships between ESA and public/private actors where the development of satellite capabilities will enable new services and applications and thus support the needed transformation in the sector.


    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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