Copernicus Prize Bulgaria

Rewards 2021


The winning solution will be promoted in dedicated marketing activities via various distribution channels (e.g. website, mailings, social media).

Funding Support

Assistance for proposal submission by providing best-practice knowledge and further material on structuring funding opportunities.

Technical Support

Technical coaching and support relating to IT.


Unique possibility to connect at a specially organised by RST-TTO networking event with geo-information services companies.

Business Incubation

Support for application to the PECS Bulgaria incubation programme with EUR 25,000 funding.

Space Awards

Two people from the winning team will benefit from a free trip to the Space Awards 2021.

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner


To participate in those, any applicant must be a natural or a legal person of an EU Member State or European Economic Area (EEA), European Neighbouring Countries (ENP), South/East countries or other countries with which the EU has space dialogues and cooperation: USA, Canada, Latin America, Africa, Gulf Cooperation Countries, Kazahstan, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand.


Risk Space Transfer Office

Katya Dimitrova
Project Coordinator

+3592 979 24 98

The 2021 Organiser

The Risk Space Transfer – Technology Transfer Office (RST-TTO) was created in 2012 as a joint venture of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences: the Space Research and Technology Institute and the Centre for National Security and Defence Research. The mission of RST-TTO is to increase awareness of EO technologies and to support transfer of value-added services, products and data to sectors such as emergency management, security, environmental protection, agriculture, urban and regional planning, transport, and climate change. RST-TTO, aims to strengthen cooperation between the science and business communities, to develop new market opportunities and to support active participation of Bulgarian organisations and business in space activities, EU space initiatives and flagship programmes.

The 2021 Partners

The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria
The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria coordinates the policies in the field of space policy at a national and international level arising from the country’s membership of the European Union by leading Working Group No. 35 “Space Policy” at the Council of European Affairs, Council of Ministers, and coordinating the activities with the European Space Agency and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). The Ministry of Economy is currently working actively on developing the possibilities of the Bulgarian space sector and involving New Space stakeholders as potential participants in the EU Space Programmes. One of the main goals of the Ministry of Economy is to organise information sessions and meetings in order to spread information on the benefits offered by using space data.

European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organisation which coordinates and promotes the activities of European companies engaged in delivering Earth observation-derived geo-information services. EARSC represents this sector in its broadest sense, creating a network between industry, decision makers and users and covering the full EO value chain from data acquisition through processing, fusion, and analysis to final geo-information products and services.


Agricultural University – Plovdiv (AU)
The Agricultural University – Plovdiv (AU) was established in 1945. It acts as a national centre of agricultural science and education in Bulgaria. The University is a modern national and European educational, research and development centre, which is integrated into the European Education Area with a significant contribution to sustainable and smart agriculture, tourism and regional development. The University is a place for competitive fundamental and applied research that is oriented towards business and enhances agricultural practices to allow the sector to develop sustainably.

Faculty of German Engineering Education and Industrial Management (FDIBA)
The Faculty of German Engineering Education and Industrial Management (FDIBA), Technical University of Sofia, trains students in bachelor’s and master’s programmes, as well as doctoral students in a variety of programmes. Teaching is provided in German by Bulgarian and German lecturers following the curricula of the partner universities (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU Braunschweig, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Essen, and Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg). The students receive a German diploma in all of the specialisms studied at the faculty. FDIBA is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

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All Copernicus Prizes are co-funded by the European Commission’s DG Defence, Industry and Space to foster the market uptake of EU Space data.

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