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Published: May 8, 2014

European space agency to fund 20 early-careeer researchers

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has issued a call for research proposals under its Living Planet Fellowship initiative. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.

The aim of the ESA fellowship is "to provide support to young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation, Earth science and Climate research."


ESA is looking for proposals in the following areas:


A) Support To Science:

  • Scientific exploitation of ESA.s Earth Explorer missions (i.e. SMOS, CryoSat, GOCE and Swarm), developing and validating innovative methods, novel products and promoting new scientific results.
  • Earth System Science research maximising the exploitation of ESA missions and long-term ESA archives (e.g. ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat), also in synergy with other ESA and non-ESA data sets, specifically addressing the new scientific challenges of the Living Planet Programme.

B) Scientific Exploitation of the Sentinels:

  • Development and validation of advanced Earth observation methods and products for scientific exploitation of the continued observations and innovative features of the Sentinel missions (Sentinel 1, Sentinel 2, Sentinel 3 or Sentinel 5P).
  • Developing novel scientific methods and tools for enhancing the synergetic exploitation of the Sentinel missions (Sentinel 1, Sentinel 2, Sentinel 3 and Sentinel 5P).

C) Climate Change Initiative:

  • Exploiting Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products generated by the ESA.s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) for improved understanding of the climate system.
  • Examining Cross-ECV consistency and multiple ECV use (those under the CCI Programme in particular).


More details here.


The proposal and all supporting documents must be sent by email to: EOScience@esa.int by no later than 30 June 2014.



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