Contracts are awarded on the basis of proposals made by industry for the development of products for future exploitation. Products are defined to be any hardware, software, service or application.
To submit an ARTES Competitiveness & Growth proposal, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1. Your proposal must feature satellite communication. This can be the improvement or development of a satellite Ground Segment product such as a user terminal or gateway equipment. For the Space Segment, you may wish to improve or develop a satellite platform, an attitude and orbit control sub-system, a payload, an amplifier or any other satellite equipment.
2. ESA will only admit proposals for evaluation that come from companies or organisations – whether as Prime or Subcontractor – residing in one of the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
3. It is mandatory that companies (both Prime Contractor and Subcontractor(s)) obtain formal authorisation from their National Delegation to carry out the proposed activity (contact information can be provided by the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth Programme Office on request). For Study Proposals the authorisation by the National Delegation shall include a declaration of its intention to support the full development.
The ARTES Competitiveness & Growth element also offers the possibility of thematic call for proposals, eg. S band initiative. In these cases, TIA will issue ITTs.
ESA will fund up to 75% of the total cost of the proposed activity.