InCubed is a partnership between industry, national delegation(s) and ESA. InCubed’s Announcement of Partnership Opportunity is always open. Entities can apply at any time for different level of co-funding depending on the type of the activity.
All Ideas will be strictly confidential, only the InCubed team will have access to them. The overview of the process is presented for information and completeness below.
This figure shows the tendering process; the different coloured circles (GREEN for Industry, BLUE for ESA, RED for National delegation(s)) shows the actor(s) for each step of the process.
Following a successful idea pitch and with agreement from the supporting national delegation(s):
There are two development cycles available within InCubed and entry depends on the maturity of the development being proposed:
It is possible to move from one cycle to another as the development matures or if the development is mature enough it can enter the product development cycle directly.
You may apply for either one or both cycles. Each cycle may have different levels of co-funding, depending on the supporting member state or target readiness level (e.g. Technology Readiness Level or TRL and Application Service Readiness Level or ASRL). You can potentially apply for both cycles. They can overlap as long as this is clearly shown. National delegations may, however, only decide to support one cycle at a time.
The aim is to reach a minimum viable product. InCubed can also support further roll out if it is foreseen. Additional funding/financing outside of the InCubed programme may also be sought to scale the concept internationally or roll out additional elements e.g. constellations, networks, architectures.
ESA can support up to 80% of the total costs as detailed in the table below:
The required objectives per development cycles and segments shall be respected.
Please note: The closing date is established solely for technical reasons connected with EMITS and can be disregarded. The documents on EMITS take precedence in case of any discrepancies. The consultation of the official documentation on EMITS related to the Calls for Proposals and Invitiations to Tender is only possible for duly registered users.