Kick-start Activity is the European Space Agency’s new Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) funding scheme which is being launched in 2017. Activities will be funded at 75%, with ESA providing up to €60,000 per contract. The Kick-start Calls for Proposals are open to any industry in IAP participating Member States. They are expected to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new services.
Kick-start Activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical viability of new applications and services exploiting one or more space assets (e.g. Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Human Space Flight Technology). This call for Kick-start Activities is dedicated to the theme "Ageing Population", which means that it is open to ideas for services addressed to the ageing population as a whole, local authorities, carers, the (national) health and social care system, residential homes, technology and service providers and other relevant stakeholders in this sector.
Such services may include for example:
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