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About the Earth Observation Application Development Program

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 Earth observation (EO) and space related capabilities and essential for the exploitation of the CSA supported EO missions. The program also prepares the industry to take advantage of the CSA investments in new sensors.



Available funding varies depending on the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Announcement of Opportunity (AO). The funds usually cover a period ranging from one to three years.

Delivery mechanisms

The EOADP is a CSA funding program. Projects are awarded through either a competitive procurement process or a competitive Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Requests for proposals (RFPs) are the principal mechanism used. 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.


Only Canadian enterprises legally registered or incorporated in Canada can bid as prime contractors. Other Canadian performers in the private or public sector, including universities and other research centres, are encouraged to act as subcontractors.


Based on the Canadian Space-based EO Strategy, EOADP-funded projects mainly focus on four thematic areas: environment, resource and land use management, security and foreign policy, and innovation and technology. EOADP supports initiatives at three stages of maturity: Research and Development (R&D), Pre-Operational and Operational. The main focus of the program is to transpose results from R&D projects to operational use.


Canada's vast geography and low population density makes space-based Earth observation one of the most cost-effective means to understand, manage and protect our environment, resources and territory.

Earth observation data are crucial to deliver information on weather, climate, oceans, land, geology, natural resources, ecosystems, and hazards. They are also crucial to enhancing human safety and welfare, planning terrestrial management, assisting agricultural good practices and protecting the global environment.


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