How to get funding

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Participation in European Space Agency (ESA) or in LuxIMPULSE projects is open to private and public organisations, which must follow certain steps to be eligible.

Please note that only actors already identified in Luxembourg and respecting a due diligence process can apply for funding.

If it is a first submission, the applicant must respect the due diligence process by downloading and filling out the First Contact form below and providing a Business Plan. These documents must be submitted to the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA). 

European Space Agency projects

The ESA Industry Portal provides the community of industry and research institutes with concrete information on the ESA's Business Opportunities, informative material on how to do business with the ESA, and access to useful educational tools.

ESA projects are advertised on the electronic system EMITS (Electronic Mailing Invitation To Tender System). EMITS manages and presents all open Invitations To Tender (ITT) and announces Intended Invitations To Tender (IITT) to be released in the near future. Only registered users can consult the documentation related to an open ITT.

Before submitting a proposal to the ESA in a mandatory and optional programme frame, and independently of the amount of the contract, it is mandatory to get in touch with the Luxembourg Space Agency and do the following:

  • fill out the Project Support Request Form (PSRF) to be requested at the Luxembourg Space Agency
  • submit the PSRF to the Luxembourg Space Agency for review at least 2 weeks before the deadline,
  • receive comments/validation from the Luxembourg Space Agency. If a support letter from the Luxembourg delegation is needed, the Luxembourg Space Agency will send it on the basis of the finalised support request form.

In parallel, applicants should:

  • prepare the proposal to be submitted to the ESA,
  • submit the final draft proposal to the Luxembourg Space Agency at least 2 weeks before the deadline in order to take into account possible comments from the Luxembourg delegation,
  • submit the final proposal to the ESA and send a copy to the Luxembourg Space Agency.

The ESA's selection procedures are compliant with the criteria of transparency, impartiality and non-discrimination. The ESA evaluates project proposals and provides participants with feedback. Once the proposal is accepted (after a negotiation meeting), a contract is signed between the ESA and the participant.

LuxIMPULSE projects

LuxIMPULSE, managed by the LSA and implemented by ESA, allows Luxembourg to benefit not only from all the technical expertise of the European Space Agency, but also experience in the administrative and contractual management of space projects. This program is entirely dedicated to R&D activities.

Before submitting a proposal to the ESA in the LuxIMPULSE programme, it is mandatory to get in touch with the Luxembourg Space Agency and do the following:

  • fill out the PSRF and the outline proposal forms to be requested at the Luxembourg Space Agency,
  • submit the PSRF and the outline proposal together to the Luxembourg Space Agency for review,
  • receive comments/validation from the Luxembourg Space Agency.

After approval by the Luxembourg Space Agency, the applicants:

  • will receive from the ESA LuxIMPULSE Programme Manager a Request for Quotation including a Statement of Work and a draft contract,
  • must submit the final proposal to the ESA and send it to the Luxembourg Space Agency.

ESA's selection procedures are compliant with the criteria of transparency, impartiality and non-discrimination. ESA evaluates project proposals and provides the participants with feedback. Once the proposal is accepted (after a negotiation meeting), a contract is signed between ESA and the participant.

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