PULSER funding

PULSER funding

For all space companies

Boosting the space fibre of companies

PULSER is a funding programme dedicated to encouraging innovation and economic and societal development, sponsored by the European Space Agency and funded by Member States.

This programme supports the development of innovative projects with the aim of creating high economic value in the space sector.

PULSER, dispositif de financement de l'ESA pour entreprises de toutes tailles
PULSER, ESA's funding scheme for space companies 

In practical terms, the PULSER programme offers:

The PULSER programme supports innovation and economic development

Who is PULSER for?

Users of space technology

To be eligible for support under the PULSER programme, you need to be behind an innovation implementing space technology, i.e. using the services offered by:

  • Satellite telecommunications systems (TV, broadband, IoT, etc.)
  • Navigation and positioning systems – GNSS (geolocation, time as a service, etc.)
  • Earth observation systems (optical, radar, AIS, Copernicus, weather data, etc.)
  • Space exploration systems

In all sectors of use

This service is exclusively aimed at the downstream space sector (space applications, mature products and services) and covers all sectors of use:

  • Mobility
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance
  • Fintech, etc.

For companies of all sizes

All types of companies can apply to the PULSER programme:

  • Start-ups
  • SMEs
  • Mid-tier companies
  • Large groups
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Regardless of your size or industry sector, if you use satellite data, you are eligible.

What does the scheme actually provide?

Three courses of action are possible under the PULSER programme:

As an indication, the following co-financing rates may be obtained:

  • Up to 80% for start-ups and SMEs
  • Up to 50% for mid-tier companies and large groups
Co-financing rates range from 50% to 80%

How do I apply?

You will need to put together an application file:

  • Demonstrating how space solutions add technological and commercial value to the service you are developing 
  • Including a business model
  • Explaining who are your potential customers

What are the steps?

  1. Complete the industrial support request form with the help of a CNES expert – 2 to 3 weeks (link to form)
  2. Send the completed form to IAP_DepotProjet@cnes.fr with a copy to Jacques.Beas-Garcia@cnes.fr and the CNES expert
  3. Receive an interview invitation – CNES Selection Committee – meets on a monthly basis
  4. Decision to grant support (FR) – Generally within 15 days
  5. Start of the contract process with ESA – immediately following the decision to grant support
  6. Contract – between 4 and 6 months after the start of the process depending on the complexity of the application
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It takes between 4 and 8 months to process each application 

For information, the application processing and contract process can vary in duration between 4 months (Kick Start) and 8 months (Feasibility Study and Commercialization Project)

Documentation disponible
Available documentation

Your PULSER contact

Jacques will help you with any questions on PULSER funding. Don't hesitate to write to us, we will forward your request.

Jacques, your PULSER contact