The mission of the Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP) is to stimulate and maintain a self-sustaining, innovative, growing Canadian industry that is able to respond to mainstream user requirements and commercialize internationally. EOADP is an essential element for the development of Canadian EO and space related capabilities and essential for the exploitation of CSA supported EO missions. The program also prepares the industry to take advantage of CSA investments in new sensors.
Main program objectives are:
EOADP focus on four thematic: environment, resource & land use management, security & sovereignty and technology & innovation.
The EOADP is a CSA contracting-out program and projects are awarded through either a competitive procurement process or a negotiated procurement process. Request for proposals (RFPs) are the principal mechanism used, directed contracts are complementary. RFPs are issued by the program, as part of its annual cycle or in response to a specific requirement, or resulting from specific requirements of space missions or government users. These contracts are defined in recognition of the commercial opportunities that the companies may take advantage of once the work is completed.
Only Canadian enterprises legally registered or incorporated in Canada can bid as prime contractors but other Canadian performers in the private or public sector, including universities and other research centres, are encouraged to act as subcontractors.