Copernicus Emergency Management Challenge

The European Commission is looking for innovative solutions that use Copernicus to support the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations, and humanitarian crises. The Copernicus emergency management service (Copernicus EMS) provides timely and accurate geo-spatial information derived from both satellite and in-situ 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 areas of interest include:

  • Natural Disasters: Monitoring and management of Avalanches, Forest Fires, Flooding, Earthquakes, Volcanic Eruptions, Hurricanes etc.
  • Man-made Disasters: Monitoring and management of Nuclear Plant Emergencies, Chemical Emergencies, Oil spills, etc.
  • Humanitarian Crises: Monitoring and management of Droughts, Famine, Disease, etc.

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 Emergency Management 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.