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National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019-2025

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National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019-2025

Ireland’s National Space Strategy for Enterprise, published in 2019, outlines the Government’s vision for Ireland to develop ‘An economically sustainable and expanding space-active industry, delivering quality jobs for the economy of tomorrow’.

The strategy comprises 5 pillars:

National Space Strategy 5 pillars

National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019 - 2025

Ireland’s space strategy is implemented primarily through the programmes of the European Space Agency (ESA)


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Enterprise Ireland co-ordinates Ireland’s industrial and research participation in the programmes of the European Space Agency. ESA promotes co-operation among European States in space research, technology and applications.

Enterprise Ireland’s role in relation to ESA is to assist Irish companies to successfully bid for ESA contracts. We provide a source of expertise for Irish companies in developing and executing space strategies, as well as being a point of reference for the international space industry when they want to identify relevant sources of space-related expertise within Ireland.

Ireland's membership of ESA permits Irish companies and research teams to bid for ESA contract development work in a range of space programmes including:

  1. ESA mandatory programmes including the ESA General Budget and the Science Programme;
  2. ESA optional programmes in which Ireland participates, including:
    • Satellite Communications (ARTES)
    • Space Transportation (Ariane 6, Vega C, FLPP)
    • Earth Observation (EOEP, InCubed)
    • General Support Technology Programme (GSTP)
    • Satellite Navigation (NAVISP)
    • Scientific Payloads and Experiments (PRODEX)
    • European Exploration Envelope Programme (E3P)

Irish industrial capabilities in space technology is highly diverse, including structures, materials, microelectronics, photonics, telecommunications, RF and life sciences There is also a growing number of Irish companies active in the “downstream” sector in developing products for the related ground segment systems as well as end user equipment, services and applications which utilise space based systems. Opportunities exist for Irish companies in developing and adapting technologies for the commercial space market, technology spin-out from space to non-space and in developing innovative applications and services that utilise space systems.

Am I eligible?

All companies in Ireland are eligible to respond to ESA tender opportunities pertaining to the ESA programmes in which Ireland participates. This information will be included in the tender documentation, or by contacting Enterprise Ireland.

Call details

Tender opportunities are published on the ESA Tendering website and are updated on a daily basis. 

In addition ESA operates a number of announcements of opportunity for industry to submit proposals for market-oriented development activities, also available on the ESA Tendering website.

What funding is available?

This depends on the scope of the procurement underway, but is limited by Ireland’s financial contribution to the specific ESA programme. In line with the National Space Enterprise Strategy, there is an increasing focus on industry co-funded market oriented development activities.

How do I apply?

Potential ESA tenderers need to register on the ESA Tendering website

Specific procurements/announcement of opportunities will be published on ESA's electronic tendering website EMITS.

For certain procurements, prior authorisation of the national ESA Delegation is required, which can be obtained by contacting Enterprise Ireland.

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More information

For information on Irish companies active in space technology developments, please consult Ireland's Space Industry Directory.

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If you want to explore opportunities in the space sector, contact one of our ESA team in Enterprise Ireland.

Tony McDonald

  • Industrial policy matters
  • Technology Programme (GSTP)
  • Telecoms Programme (ARTES)

Tony McDonald

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Bryan Rodgers

  • Space Transportation
  • Scientific Programme
  • Human Spaceflight & Robotic Exploration
  • Scientific Payloads & Experiments (PRODEX)

Bryan Rodgers

Conor Sheehan

Conor Sheehan