Science Foundation Ireland

Research funding calls

Here are details of some relevant research funding calls.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

This fellowship is open to scientists who are between 3-8 years post PhD, with an aim to establish themselves as an independent researcher. Initial funding is for 5 years. This call is due to open on July 14thwith a deadline of September 3rd.  More information on the call can be found here. If you are planning on submitting to this call please get in contact with the CONNECT Funding Diversification Team on

European Space Agency

Very Low Latency Satellite Communication System (ARTES AT 3A.115)

The ESA have launched a tender process to develop and test in orbit a very low latency (less than 10ms) satellite communication system at altitudes between 200km and 300km. The value of the tender is up to €500k. This call has a deadline of September 8th. More information on the call can be found here.

Embedded Sensor Network In Spacecraft Structures Compatible With Digital Factories (ARTES AT 4A.083)

This ESA tender call is aiming to develop an integrated sensor network in a spacecraft primary structure (e.g. panel, central thrust tube), by spinning-in digital factory technologies to series production of telecom satellite components. The value of this tender is up to €500k and has a deadline of September 14th. More information on the call can be found here.

ARTES ScyLight

This ESA call is focused on joint European and Canadian efforts to develop innovative optical technologies for satellite communication. There is also a focus on identifying new markets for the use of optical communication technologies and supporting industry to make the most of these opportunities. The efforts will be focused in three main areas:

a) Optical Communication Terminal Technology;

b) Intra-Satellite Photonics/ Optical Payloads;

c) Quantum Cryptography Technologies and initial services demonstration.

Deadline for submission to this call is December 31st and more information can be found here.

Agile Network Configuration For 5G Internet-Of-Things Services Over Satellite (ARTES AT 3A.109)

ESA has an open tender which is focused the development of network configuration mechanisms which enable integration of satellite IoT services in 5G networks. This tender is looking for a minimum lead time with demonstration in a test bed or live network. The budget for this call is up to €500k and has a deadline of September 2nd. More information can be found here.

Battery Passivation For Small Telecommunications Satellites (ARTES AT 4F.137)

This tender from the ESA is focused on defining the specific conditions necessary to achieve safe passivation of Lithium (Li) ion battery cells at end of mission, and to design, manufacture and test an electrical power management system for CubeSats allowing battery passivation. The call deadline is September 7th and has a budget of up to €500K. More information can be found here.

5G Network Functions, Protocol and Security for 5G Satellite Nodes (ARTES AT 3A.120)

ESA are due to launch this call in Q3 2020. This call will focus on enabling 5G satellites nodes by extending to space terrestrial 5G network functions and protocols. It is expected that optimised connectivity, coverage and capacity allocations will be enabled through the projects, with use of testbeds for demonstration of outcomes. More information is available here.

If you are planning on submitting an application to any of these calls, or would like to discuss their suitability for your current research, please get in contact with the CONNECT Funding Diversification Team on


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