The European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth have partnered to facilitate the development and uptake of Earth observation data by Future Earth’s research networks.

There is seed funding to support research activities on the use of satellite data to provide empirical evidence of environmental and ecosystem change, and the risk these pose to society. Proposals are particularly welcomed on the themes of biodiversity, climate impacts on human health, or climate tipping elements, to better understand feedbacks, interactions and instabilities, but note that the call is not exclusive to these themes. This is an open call to the Global Research Networks (GRPs and KANs) of the Future Earth community. The activities should address pressing research questions that are a priority for the networks.

Submission deadline 30 September 2021.

Award Information

Funding amount: up to €20,000. 
Estimated number of awards: 2-3


Proposals must be developed with Future Earth GRP SSC members or working group leads as participants, or KAN development committee members or working group leads as participants, and be submitted by the GRP or KAN administrative officer (IPO). There are no restrictions on who may lead the proposals. Please limit submissions to a maximum of two proposals per network.

Scope of proposals

Proposals should justify and cost for the following activities:

  • A workshop and coordinated synthesis report (support for coordination for virtual or hybrid meetings, or for participant travel);

  • A workshop and call for papers in a journal special issue (support for coordination for virtual or hybrid meetings, or for participant travel);

  • Secondments or placements to build capacity of the network (support for travel and expenses);

  • Training or working group study/writing weeks (support for coordination, participant travel and hosting);

  • Organising and hosting hackathons: proposals could consider use of analysis platforms, data cubes or other digital interfaces that ESA has developed to support access and analysis of EO data (see links section of the call).

  • Other research activities to increase participation and impact of the research network.

Due dates

All proposals must be submitted by 30th September 2021. The proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee from the Future Earth secretariat and ESA’s Science, Applications and Climate Office.
Awarded projects will be notified by 31st October 2021.
Completion of the activity is required no later than December 2022.

Proposal Preparation and Submission information

1)  Proposals should be a minimum of three and a maximum of four A4 pages (excluding CVs) in 11- point Times New Roman font.
2)  The proposal should include the following sections: 250-word abstract, problem statement, activity plan, expected outcomes and success criteria, lead participant and supporting participant CVs, financial support required, lead participant contact information.
3)  Proposals can request support of up to €20,000.
4) All proposals must be submitted by 30th September 2021 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have any questions please contact:
Sophie Hebden, ESA – Future Earth Liaison Officer, ESA Climate Office, ECSAT, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Find more information about the ESA-Future Earth Joint Programme here and the Future Earth community here.

Submission deadline 30 September 2021.

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