European Space Agency - plastic-less society

100% funding from ESA Space Solutions

Challenge description

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking innovative solutions to prevent and solve the issues of marine litter and especially plastics in water bodies.

ESA offers 100% funded contracts of up to €200,000 to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of space based applications in support of a plastic-less society.

Key focus areas include:

  • Monitoring and modelling plastic pollution in the ocean
  • Monitoring and improving the logistics of plastic collection
  • Tracking and tracing goods along a supply chain to reduce likelihood of products/waste ending up in water bodies
  • Improving waste management techniques
  • Supporting the selection of new recycling infrastructure and improving recycling techniques
  • Performing ex ante analysis of recycling missions impact
  • Developing tele-education programmes tailored to developing economies for educating on marine litter and environmental impact from plastics

Note applicants are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from their respective(s) national delegation(s) prior to submitting a proposal.

Challenge timeline

  • Webinars: 16:15 CEST, 17 June 2020 and 11:00 CEST, 24 June 2020
  • Opening date: 26 June 2020 (tentative)
  • Closing date: 14 September 2020 (tentative)
  • Deadline for applications: 14 September 2020 (tentative)

How to apply

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