Copernicus Sustainable Development Challenge

The European Commission is looking for innovative solutions that use Copernicus to support sustainable development. Copernicus is an inspiring programme for sustainable development, enabling the delivery of new and cost-effective environmental and societal services. 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.

The most promising submissions will have a connection to one of the following areas of interest:

  • The United Nation’s sustainable development goals e.g. achieving zero hunger, no poverty good health, clean water etc.
  • The sustainable use of natural resources e.g. in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, raw materials etc.
  • Climate change actions e.g. renewable energy production, monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions etc.
  • The protection of the environment in general

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.


How to Participate



Submissions to the Copernicus Sustainable Development 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.