Swarm DISC

Call for Ideas for Swarm “New data products and Services”

This announcement by the Swarm Data, Innovation and Science Cluster (Swarm DISC) - an ESA-funded international consortium comprising 26 partners from Europe, Canada and the US - is to solicit ideas for New data products and services enhancing the scientific outcome of the European Space Agency's satellite constellation trio Swarm.


The three Swarm satellites Alpha, Bravo and Charlie have now provided 5½ years of data of Earth's geomagnetic field and associated plasma environment. Ideas collected through calls for ideas since 2016 have resulted in several batches of Invitations To Tender (ITTs) being published on this site. Further, Swarm DISC have provided recommendations for progression of other ideas through letters of support to national institutions or inclusion in future ESA work programmes, pre-studies, workshops, etc. For more information on the new projects, please visit : https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-eo-missions/swarm/disc/new-products-services.


This Call for Ideas is directed at further enhancing the return on investment of the Swarm mission, now including a fourth satellite: Swarm Echo, also known as CASSIOPE/E-POP (https://epop.phys.ucalgary.ca). In particular, we invite ideas that combine Swarm measurements with data from other satellites.


The Call is not targeting basic scientific research in itself, but rather is intended to attract ideas for data products, services or tools which have the potential to further support scientific research. We welcome ideas with scientific potential, including those for which a preliminary feasibility study may be needed.   New concepts may be based on Swarm data only, and/or merged with data from other satellites or ground-based measurements that will support Swarm. Concepts may include, for example, the enhancement of an existing Swarm data product, the implementation of a software tool or web-service to generate products, or regular generation of data products (including utilization of data from other satellites or ground-based observations) in support of the scientific objectives of Swarm (https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-eo-missions/swarm/mission-fact-sheet).


New data products may become part of the Swarm data distribution, and possibly the virtual research services VirES for Swarm (http://vires.services), open and available to all. More information is available on the Data Access page https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/swarm/data-access. Updated descriptions of the current Swarm data products are available  in the Swarm Data Handbook (https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/esa-eo-missions/swarm/data-handbook).


Selection and development of new Swarm products and services are carried out through a two-step process, beginning with this open call for ideas. In  the second step, ideas will be reviewed by the Swarm DISC Advisory Board (DAB), composed of scientists from the Swarm product algorithm providers and collaborating scientific institutions. The DAB will select ideas suitable as a basis  for open Invitation(s) to Tender (ITT) leading to Implementation Contracts to support the development of each new product/service, and possibly to sustain their operations. The DAB will also consider other relevant avenues to recommend for further progression of the ideas, for example through workshops or other means.


As an order of magnitude, the budget of a contract may vary from 0,5 2 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) depending on scientific value, complexity and maturity. Please note that the present call for ideas does not imply that a contract will necessarily be placed.


Interested individuals or groups are encouraged to submit new Swarm product/service ideas by 30 June 2019, via email to Swarm_DISC_CallForIdeas@space.dtu.dk using the proposal template available at SwarmDISC-CallForIdeas-Template-v3. The DAB will assess the scientific value, level of maturity and the level of validation of the new product/service, and provide a consolidated recommendation to Swarm DISC and ESA for further  development of promising ideas.


Following the review of the submitted ideas, the competitive ITT process and subsequent implementation of the contracts will be managed by Swarm DISC under the supervision of ESA. The ITTs for Implementation Contracts will be published on the Swarm DISC ITT page (http://space.dtu.dk/swarm_disc_itts). The implementation ITTs will be open only to ESA Member and Associated states participating  in the EOEP.


Any further questions can be directed to Swarm_DISC_CallForIdeas@space.dtu.dk.


Nils Olsen
Professor -head of Geomagnetism
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 08


Line Drube
Project Manager
DTU Space
+45 45 25 98 50


Poul Erik Holmdahl Olsen
Project Manager, Chief Consultant
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 12


Jens Kristian Jensen
Project Koordinator
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 76
19 FEBRUARY 2020