Living Planet Fellowship – Call for Proposals 2022

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Organisation: ESA - EO Science for Society


The LPF aims at supporting the new generation of scientists in ESA Member States to undertake cutting-edge research in Earth Observation and Earth System Science, maximise the scientific impact of ESA missions and European EO capacity and respond to the main challenges of the ESA science strategy.

This call is motivated by the urgent need to foster the new generation of scientists to develop advanced science-based solutions that respond to the major challenges that society is facing in the onset of this century.

With this call ESA plans to support a new set of research post-doctoral positions to be co-funded by ESA with a maximum overall price of 110KEuro. This call includes also important new opportunities: e.g.,

  • An option to support the scientific use of cloud computing capabilities,
  • An option to support small ground-based experiments and in-situ data collection,
  • A new visiting scientist scheme to join the new ESA Earth System Science Hub.


The main objective of the Living Planet Fellowship is

“to support young scientists, at post-doctoral level, to undertake cutting-edge research in Earth Observation, Earth System Science or Climate Research, maximising the scientific return of ESA and European EO missions and datasets through the development of novel EO methods, techniques and products, and by delivering excellent scientific results addressing the grand Earth Science challenges of the next decade, enabling improved predictions of the physical interaction of society with the Earth system.”


The Living Planet Fellowship aims to achieve this objective by:

  • Enabling leading edge research to be undertaken by the new generation of scientists with focus on major scientific challenges and knowledge gaps in Earth system science that may contribute to respond to the urgent societal needs underpinning the European and global environmental and development agendas.
  • Maximising the scientific impact of the unique and unexplored opportunities offered by the increasing European space-based observing capacity (Sentinels, Earth Explorers, meteorological missions, national and commercial missions) complemented with 3rd party mission data, existing long-term EO-based data records (e.g., ESA heritage mission data, CCI ECVs), in-situ data and citizen observations.
  • Promoting an open science approach where sharing data, results and knowledge is at the core of the scientific value chain.
  • Capitalizing on novel and emerging technologies, incorporating platform technologies, advances in ICT, data intensive science or Artificial Intelligence as amplifier and accelerator of science.