European Space Agency
Switzerland is one of the founding members of ESA and, with 135 M€ in 2015, one of the larger contributor. EPFL can apply to all ESA programs (TRP, GSP, GSTP, ARTES, PRODEX). eSpace monitors all Published ESA calls (Invitation To Tender – ITT) and can notify EPFL laboratories when relevant calls appear.
In the pillars Industrial Leadership (which includes Space) and Societal Challenges, Switzerland is considered a third country in 2016. Thus the Swiss contribution is paid directly by the Swiss
government and not included in the proposal total.