About the Competition

The Copernicus Masters is the global innovation competition to foster the user uptake of Copernicus applications. It was launched by AZO in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with world-class partners coming from industry and governmental institutions alike. The success reached by previous winners has demonstrated the Copernicus Masters’ ability to boost the development of businesses in the downstream sector of EO data. Many domains of our society, from infrastructures to agriculture, ecosystem preservation and green energies, benefit from it. With a prize pool of EUR 531,000 in 2022, the Copernicus Masters awards innovators showcasing the benefit of Copernicus services in their solutions.


Who is eligible to participate? All innovators – individuals of minimum 18 years of age, consortia or legal entities. Universities, start-ups, SMEs and bigger companies, research organisations and associates from all around the globe are invited to join. Check the eligibility criteria for each Challenge or Prize.

Why participating in the Copernicus Masters? If you have a brilliant idea on how to use Earth observation data to tackle global challenges, from pandemic outbreaks to climate change, from green energies to Big Data analytics, the Copernicus Masters is the right place for you to get support and further develop your solution. Seize this opportunity now!



When can you apply? The registration and submission phase ended on 13 July 2022. All submissions are evaluated between July and October, and the challenge finalists are named in October/November. Finally, the winners will be announced during the Space Awards in December 2022.

How do you submit your solution? Use the “Apply” page or button, fill in your details, choose the Challenge that best matches your solution, choose an additional Prize and start the experience!


About Copernicus

Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS are at the heart of the EU Space programme. All three help tackle today’s most pressing societal and economic challenges. Hence, the Copernicus Masters also promotes synergies with Galileo and EGNOS for the creation of new applications and services. The European Commission’s Challenges within the Copernicus Masters explicitly focus on solutions using EU Space data in all domains. The pre-existing close collaboration between Europe’s leading space innovation competitions for Copernicus and Galileo – the Copernicus Masters and the Galileo Masters – is therefore beneficial for society and all citizens.

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