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Copernicus Incubation Programme - Funding Available to Support Development of Business Applications

Publication date: 
14 February 2018 (UK time)

​The Commission invites proposals for small grants for the development of applications making use of Copernicus data and services under the Copernicus Incubation Programme.

The programme is designed to support 'innovative and commercially promising business applications' based on Copernicus data and services. Small grants of 50,000 euros are available to 20 European start-ups every year to commercialise applications based on the data provided by the Copernicus programme and the earth-observation data that is stored in the new Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) Platforms.

The grants are not only available to businesses but also to teams of entrepreneurs as well as University and research institute spinouts. The funding must be complemented by the companies own investment and applications must be submitted jointly with a support programme that agrees to incubate the start-up if it receives the funding. The eligible support programmes are:

  • Governmental business incubators and accelerators;
  • University incubators and accelerators;
  • Incubators and accelerators at private and governmental research institutes;
  • Corporate business incubators;
  • Corporate venturing programmes;
  • Other support programmes aimed at providing support to start-ups.

The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2018 with further information on eligibility and evaluation criteria available on the Incubation Programme Website.