The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology is pleased to announce a Call for Mission and Technology Preparation activities for the ESA Call for Proposals for Earth Explorer 9. The timescales of the ESA Call are not yet confirmed, but it may be released towards the end of 2015, with submissions due around mid-2016.


The total budget available for the CEOI-ST Call will be up to £2M, which is expected to fund around 6-8 projects. In addition, PV funds may be required from industrial bidders, depending on the GBER category of the activities. Projects are expected to complete in 6-12 months.

The CEOI-ST Call will be released towards the middle of June 2015, when full details will be available, with a closing date 6 weeks later (i.e. end July 2015). It is anticipated that proposal selection will be conducted during August/September 2015 with projects typically starting from September/October 2015.

Proposals are invited for projects to undertake either Mission Preparation and/or Technology Development activities. Successful proposals will need to present a strong science relevance case linked to the societal challenges identified in ESA EO science strategy.

The activities should be aimed at consolidating the mission teaming with close involvement of potential mission PI’s/Co-PI’s and also, where appropriate, aim to strengthen the technology readiness of relevant UK technologies.

For further information contact:
Mr Chris Brownsword, CEOI-ST Technical Director
QinetiQ, Farnborough
Tel: 01252 393918 (land line)
07825 762527 (mobile)

The Call will be issued on behalf of the UK Space Agency by the CEOI-ST Partners (Airbus DS Ltd, QinetiQ Ltd, STFC/RAL Space and University of Leicester)