17, August 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8342
Open Date: 11/08/2015
Closing Date: 30/09/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.129.10
Prog. Ref.: MELISSA – ELIPS 4
Budget Ref.: E/0179-01D – MELISSA – ELIPS 4
Special Prov.: BE+CH
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division
Contract Officer: Tenho, Annika
Last Update Date: 11/08/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

Evidence has been made in the course of BELISSIMA 1 that the scope of BELISSIMA activities is extremely ambitious (many elements/mixture to be studied, many processes pathways to be identified and understood, ..) and therefore should be envisaged with a long-termvision and strategy. Similarities of targeted issues with acute terrestrial problematic are identified and preliminary discussions with European research institutes confirmed a clear interest on their side, as BELISSIMA could create an enabling environment for scientific advances and innovation, breaking down traditional scientific barriers, stimulating interdisciplinary team science. The first objective of the present activity is to investigate further about the institutions and organizations, across ESA Member States, which share an interest in the BELISSIMA activities. This interest should be qualified in depth (scope, limits, constraints, conditions) and further translated into collaboration agreements. Creation of a research consortium is sought. The investigations performed should pave the definition of a BELISSIMA work plan with short, mid, and long-term views. Funding needs shall be sized. Resources shall be identified and financial agreements established. Co-funding for a future BELISSIMA phase B shall be secured and longer-term potential funding routes assessed.

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