DLR was looking for new applications in Earth observation that address climate change and environmental issues. Sustainable energy management and human health aspects are often related to environmental conditions. Along with general environmental management, ideas for the generation, distribution, or consumption of energy – as well as monitoring or management of health and welfare using remote sensing data – were thus especially welcome.

Proposals were to be based on existing or imminent Earth observation data, preferably from Copernicus Sentinels. They may be supplemented by any kind of ancillary geo-information, such as crowdsourced data or in-situ measurements, for further information enrichment, validation, or application. The proposed products or services derived from the ideas submitted should either support professionals in environmental assessment and energy and health management, or empower the general public and consumer-oriented markets. The applications could range from a local to a global scale.

Entrants were encouraged to submit innovative ways to link remote-sensing-based products and services with user needs. The ideas could also describe a real-world implementation scenario that includes the general public and/or potential commercial benefits.

Submission was possible from 1 April to 30 June 2017, all completed proposals are undergoing evaluation at the moment.


PRIZE 2017

  • EUR 5,000 cash prize
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)
  • Ticket to the next satellite launch in Kourou


  • Benefit and innovativeness (for society, the environment/climate/human health, natural resource preservation, or other areas; innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of sentinel satellite data for realisation)
  • Technological feasibility
  • User acceptance (benefits to users and/or the general public, short path to practical use)


The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). The EOC works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services – from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus’s design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.