Copernicus Data Access Challenge

The European Commission looking for innovative solutions that improve access to Copernicus data and services. In particular solutions could improve data processing, data visualisation or the way in which Copernicus could be combined with other sources of data. Solutions should deliver concrete value for users and be technically and commercially feasible, ideally demonstrated through a prototype. Participants should have a clear plan for the short and long-term financing of their solution.

Possible examples of improving data access include:

  • Facilitating the integration of Copernicus-based maps into other applications
  • Enabling simple visualisation of Copernicus data and services
  • Facilitating the combination of Copernicus data with other sources of data
  • Implementing protocols to ease the use and processing of Copernicus data and services
  • Developing software analytics for Copernicus data and services

The Challenge is open to all profiles: entrepreneurs, start-ups, students, SMEs, research centres, university departments, and public organisations at the European, national, and local level.



Submissions to the Copernicus Data Access Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Copernicus Connection: Does the solution use Copernicus data to add value for end-users?
  • Project Potential: Is the project technically feasible and innovative?
  • Project Sustainability: Does the solution have real market potential?
  • Team: Does the team have the required technical and business expertise to successfully implement the project and bring it to market?


The European Commission is an institution of the European Union. It proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. Copernicus has a variety of applications, including maritime rescue, disaster management and sustainable agriculture.