Technology Transfer Demonstrators

Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects support the transfer of space technology to terrestrial applications where there is a strong commercial or societal benefit and there is a clear technical risk that can be eliminated.

These projects result in the development and testing of new hardware and software which increase the likelihood of the core technology being transferred from space to ground.

Priority is given to projects where there is a clear ground based commercial application with a customer group with defined needs, and for whom the transfer demonstrator may be used to gain commercial traction.


A Technology Transfer Demonstrator project will result in the measurement of one or more technical features that are specific to the terrestrial application of a technology that was hitherto developed for space. ESA Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects will not be considered to fund prototypes, ie working models of new products, but for developments at an earlier and higher stage of technical risk.

In the frame of the demonstrator projects, the applying firm will undertake the study itself.

Who can apply?

Space and non-space entities or individuals from all ESA member states.

Maximum funding

38.000 Euros

More information

The latest call was issued in 2017.

More information on 'Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects' here.

More information on the 2017 call for 'Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects' here.