Space Instrumentation development (PRODEX)



Programme de Développement d'Expériences Scientifiques (PRODEX)

The Swiss Space Science community develops and provides top-notch science instruments or sub-systems for Space missions. The implementation of such development projects is done within the framework of the Programme de Développement d'Expériences Scientifiques (PRODEX) of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Evaluated and approved project proposals are implemented under the lead of a scientist based at one of Switzerland’s research institute, e.g. universities, ETH-domain, universities of applied sciences or others. Through PRODEX the projects have access to the combined competence and knowledge of the European Space Agency (ESA), be it in technical, industrial, contractual, legal or managerial aspects.

The close cooperation between universities and the Swiss industry foster a common understanding of the reciprocal environments and also support a mutually fruitful transfer of technology and competences - education, innovation, competitiveness and “Swiss Made” at its best.

PRODEX proposals in 2018

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and its Swiss Space Office, together with national space science stakeholders, are currently elaborating a new scheme for the submission, evaluation and selection of ideas and proposal that could be implemented under the PRODEX framework.

As soon as this scheme is known and ready for implementation the Swiss Space Office will inform the community and present the applicable procedures and related deadlines through an update of this webpage.

If considered necessary you may of course contact the Swiss Space Office using the following contact information:

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
Swiss Space Office
Einsteinstrasse 2
3003 Bern

More information about PRODEX and the national submission procedure can be found at the bottom of this page.

EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation H2020

European space research activities sponsored by the 8th EU Framework Programme (Horizon 2020) are centered on the development of applications and a wide range of technological activities. In addition to these overarching activities, the SPACE activities under H2020 are also focused to strengthen the Copernicus and Galileo programmes that are implemented under the responsibility of the European Commission.

A national information and support point for H2020, including its space-related activities, are provided trhough the Euresearch network. Euresearch provides information on future calls, about how-to-do, as well as other useful services including contacts on the European scale and match-making in specific cases. Euresearch is therefore intended as a support for institutions, researchers and entrepreneurs that are interested in H2020 and engaging in a truly European science and innovation endeavor.

Further information


SERI, Space

T +41 58 464 10 74

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