ESA's Network of Resources

Get up to €5,000 in funding from ESA for your non-commercial projects with UP42.


Overview

The Network of Resources (NoR) is an ESA initiative that sponsors research, development, and pre-commercial projects. The NoR provides a voucher for up to €5,000 to help users innovate their working practices by using cloud computing services for geospatial data and algorithms. For more information on the NoR’s mission, see What is the network of resources.

Requirements

If you are working on a geospatial-related project that doesn’t generate revenue, you can apply for NoR sponsorship.

Conditions of participating in the initiative:

  • You can’t download raw data, only processed results.
  • You can’t use obtained images for commercial or operational purposes.
  • You should comply with the terms of the agreed end-user license agreements (EULAs).

You need to have an email address with an organization domain name to be able to register on the UP42 platform. If you don’t have one, we won’t be able to host you as part of the NoR initiative.

Apply for NoR with UP42

We advise starting the application process no earlier than one month before the start of your project.

Step 1. Explore UP42's offerings

Step 2. Choose geospatial products

Step 3. Apply for sponsorship

Step 4. Create an UP42 account

Step 5. Comply with legal requirements

Step 6. Send us your account ID

Step 1. Explore UP42’s offerings

  1. Go to NoR Portfolio, scroll down, and click Access it here.
  2. Click the search box, type UP42, and then press Enter.
  3. Review UP42’s portfolio:
    • To see geospatial collections, expand the Collections Overview section.
    • To see algorithms, expand the Service Offering Overview section.

Step 2. Choose geospatial products

  1. Go to NoR Portfolio, scroll down, and click Access it here.
  2. Click the search box, type UP42, and then press Enter.
  3. On the UP42 listing, click Pricing Wizard.
  4. Select a Project Type. Commercial usage isn’t permitted.
  5. Choose the Service Offerings that you want to get access to and enter the size of an area or the number of products.
    • Choose data offerings. Note that the download of the original dataset isn’t allowed.
    • Choose processing algorithms that you’ll apply to the chosen data.
    • Choose AlgoHosting services.
  6. Provide information on whether your project is an ESA project and whether you will co-fund the cost. Click Ask ESA for Sponsorship.

Step 3. Apply for sponsorship

Before filling out the sponsorship form, read the sponsorship guidelines.

In the Official Email Address field, use an email address with an organization domain name that you don’t plan to use to create a commercial UP42 account in the future. This email will be associated with your NoR-specific UP42 account.

  1. On the sponsorship form, describe your project in detail.
  2. Check the chosen offerings and the requested voucher amount.
  3. Export and sign the sponsorship request.
  4. Email the signed request to [email protected]. Include the following email addresses in the CC field to speed up the evaluation process:

ESA will review your request and report the outcome of the evaluation. The evaluation usually takes a week. After a successful evaluation, we will get in contact with you.

Step 4. Create an UP42 account

Create a new UP42 account and select the Professional plan. You can’t reuse any previously created accounts.

The email from your application should match the account email. If they are different, change your account email to the one you used in the NoR application.

  1. Submit access requests for the products you wish to access through the NoR program.
  2. Read and accept the EULAs of the products you wish to access through the NoR program.
  3. Read our Terms and conditions. You need to agree with the document because you wish to access commercial information from our suppliers via our platform.

Step 6. Send us your account ID

  1. Open the console and click the upper right corner → Account settings.
  2. To copy your account ID, click Copy inline-icon.
  3. Reply to our email sent earlier with your account ID.

We will do a compliance check that may take up to a week. After it is completed, we will allocate credits to your UP42 account and inform you.

Use data with algorithms

The download of the original dataset isn’t allowed, but you can download the result of a processing job.

Troubleshooting

Can I invite others to join my account?

No. If you have an account created specifically for the NoR program, you aren’t allowed to add new users to your UP42 account.

Can I purchase new credits or use free credits?

No. If you have an account created specifically for the NoR program, you aren’t allowed to purchase credits or use free credits. You can only use the credits allocated to you based on your sponsorship application.