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Plastic-Less Society Challenge

The European Space Agency (ESA) intends to seek innovative solutions to prevent and solve the issues of marine litter and especially plastics in water bodies.

ESA anticipates offering 100% funded contracts of up to €200,000 to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of space based applications in support of a plastic-less society.

Key focus areas include:

  • Monitoring and modelling plastic pollution in the ocean
  • Monitoring and improving the logistics of plastic collection
  • Tracking and tracing goods along a supply chain to reduce likelihood of products/waste ending up in water bodies
  • Improving waste management techniques
  • Supporting the selection of new recycling infrastructure and improving recycling techniques
  • Performing ex ante analysis of recycling missions impact
  • Developing tele-education programmes tailored to developing economies for educating on marine litter and environmental impact from plastics

Note applicants are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from their respective(s) national delegation(s) prior to submitting a proposal.

ESA envisions that the competition opens on 26 June 2020 (tentative) with a briefing session taking place via teleconference on 24 June 2020.

Deadline: 14 September 2020 (tentative).

You can find out how to apply here

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