There are free Sentinel Hub accounts available for research purposes and pre-commercial exploitation and validation, sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA)! You can even get commercial data sponsored as well, such as SPOT, Pleiades or PlanetScope! It's easy to apply, just follow this step by step guide.

Read the NoR (Network of Resources) Sponsorship website for additional information, evaluation criteria and where to find the help desk for support. The submission guidelines, objectives and additional information are available here.

Make an Order on the NoR Website

First, go to the NoR website and login. Create an account if you don’t have one yet. Then click on the Shop tab in the top navigation bar.

Choose your desired EO Mission or data provider. To get a free Sentinel Hub account, select Providers --> Sentinel Hub VAS and click Apply.

You will see 3 options: EDC Sentinel Hub - Subscription, EDC Sentinel Hub - Prepaid and EDC Sentinel Hub - Commercial data.

Select the subscription or a prepaid option. If you would like to use commercial data, you first need to have a subscription or a prepaid package, or you will get an error after requesting ESA sponsorship. After selecting the EDC Sentinel Hub – Subscription package, you will be asked to provide the package type (we recommend you select Exploration (non- commercial/research) package, specify the desired starting date, how long you need the subscription (e.g. for 3 months) and specify the project name. When you're done filling in the information, click ADD TO CART.

Your cart will appear with all the packages and datasources you requested. If you would like to also use commercial data, click on continue shopping and add the EDC Sentinel Hub - Commercial Data package to your cart as well. After clicking on it, you will be asked to specify how much of each available dataset (SPOT, Pleiades and PlanetScope) you need. When done, click ADD QUOTE TO CART.

After reviewing your cart, which should now include the EDC Sentinel Hub - Subscription or a Prepaid package + optional commercial package, click on the REQUEST ESA SPONSORSHIP button below.

A window with additional information will open. To confirm that you want ESA sponsorship, click on the Request ESA sponsorship button again.

You will receive an email, which will include your confirmation order number, a link to ESA sponsorship portal, access to your cart information and a link to check the order status. You will also be provided a link, that opens your order details and asked that you paste this link into your proposal.

Submit a Research Proposal on ESA Portal

Next, you will submit your project proposal on the ESA Portal. Go to NoR sponsorship portal and click on Submit a request to receive sponsorship for a Platform Service.

The following window will appear. To proceed, you will need to be logged in. Click on Login My Earthnet button on top. If you don't have an account yet, click on Register first and create one.

When you're logged in, you will see the Main submission area, where you will fill in your proposal.

First, click on Cover page and fill in the required information (Title, application domain, project summary, etc.). After filling it in and clicking next, you will be asked to review your cover page and personal information and add another researcher's personal information, if you'd like. After clicking Continue, you will be able to also fill in other parts of the proposal (Experience and Contribution, Request Details and Other information).

Make sure you include the most relevant information:

  • Which services you need (e.g. EDC Sentinel Hub, EDC Batch Processing, etc.).
  • In case access to commercial data is needed (EDC PlanetScope, EDC Airbus Pleiades or EDC Airbus SPOT), state the desired volume.
  • The planned volume of data uptake (best to reference processing units or sq. km).
  • Desired duration of the access (up to 12 months).
  • Scientifically relevant results planned to result from the exercise.
  • In case of business exploration activities some plans for long-term sustainability.
  • Do not forget to add the link to the order details into your proposal.

After you finish with the proposal, don't forget to click the Submit button below.

After submitting your proposal, you will receive a confirmation email including a link about the status of your request. If your request is accepted, you will receive an email with a voucher and information about completing your order. If your request is rejected, you will receive an email with the reason for rejection.