Paris 2024 and Milan Cortina 2026 are a particular focus for space-based projects to receive EPSI and ESA funding ©Getty Images

The European Platform for Sports Innovation (EPSI) has launched an appeal for proposals to secure funding for space-based services connected to the Olympic Games in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Potential activities that could be funded cover services around construction sites, crowd management, event management, engagement with fans, and athletes' preparation and training.

The organisation, management and exploitation of next year's Paris 2024 Summer Games and the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics have been primarily targeted for the funding call, and it is hoped that initiatives can provide services for future editions of the multi-sport event.

New services are required to assist with the preparation for the Olympics, during the event itself and after its conclusion to ensure efficient use of critical infrastructures and environmental sustainability.

Projects could also broadly support the transformation and sustainability of the sport sector.

They are required to demonstrate robustness and reliability, and a continuous use of the proposed service throughout subsequent Olympics is encouraged.

Projects are required to use space-based technology such as satellite navigation ©Getty Images
Projects are required to use space-based technology such as satellite navigation ©Getty Images

The use of space assets including space flight technologies, satellite communication, satellite navigation, satellite earth observation and space weather is required to be eligible for funding.

Companies based in 21 European states are eligible to apply for funding.

The three-step process covering an activity pitch questionnaire, outline proposal and full proposal is open until the end of 2025.

Further details are set to be provided in a webinar organised by the EPSI and ESA on Monday (March 27).

It is believed the ESA's scientific and technical knowledge can bring new opportunities to overcome sports challenges, and the EPSI can promote the call within the realm of sport.

The two organisations had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the development of space and use applications to support innovation which addresses the evolution of the sports sector, and previous funding opportunities have covered inclusive and accessible sport.