15 March 2020
ESA Space Solutions Belgium, supported by ESA and BELSPO, has opened a Permanent Open Call for Technology Transfer Proposals (“Technology Transfer Demonstrator Competition”, hereinafter called “Demonstrator Call”). The Technology Transfer Demonstrators are directed specifically towards the determination and elimination of technical risk particular to the new terrestrial application.
The Open Call allows both space and non-space Belgian organisations to submit proposals to develop technology transfer demonstrators.
Through this Open Call, Verhaert Masters in Innovation invites applicants to submit proposals for demonstrators regarding the transfer of a space technology into a non-space application.
Verhaert Masters in Innovation, together with ESA, can select indicatively two projects per year to be funded with a maximum amount of 38.000 euros each. The projects should be executed in maximum 6 months.
We invite applicants to submit their proposals via email@example.com. First all proposals will be checked by an Opening Board, if formal requirements accomplished. When compliant, the Tender Evaluation Board (ESA, Verhaert, stakeholders and experts) will evaluate the proposals on the selection criteria. The Board will inform the applicant of the evaluation in writing. The two proposals with the highest marks (above 60) will be selected for negotiations.
The proposal shall be evaluated against the following criteria and weighting factors
- Current Development Status: Has the space technology been developed sufficiently for a technology transfer to non-space application? It is necessary to look both in the TRL in space and the approximate for non-space. High TRL level in space is expected. (15%)
- Attractiveness of Non-Space Market: An estimate of the size of technology’s final application/market and its potential value in commercial or societal terms. Credibility of the potential access to market will be assessed. (20%)
- Novelty and IPR: The novelty of the technology in its non-space application and the consequent competitive advantage. The current status of the IPRs and the potential protection of the results. (20%)
- Project Feasibility: An estimate of the likelihood of the Technical Demonstrator achieving its technical objectives in the stated budget and a successful transfer in a reasonable time-frame. Compliance with the time frame proposed in the call. (25%)
- The need for a Technical Demonstrator: The likelihood and expected timing for the technical demonstrator to lead to the engagement of customers with the expected timing and the need of financial support by the Agency. The engagement of the customer shall be assessed following the paragraph 3.6 of the General information and instructions documents. (20%)
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