NASA's Earth Science Technology Office

Investing in technologies to advance our understanding of Earth’s natural systems.

Changing the way we observe Earth.

We understand that to develop breakthrough technologies, you need resources and funding for your project. We provide grants and support for cutting-edge sensors, information systems, and a variety of other projects to develop breakthrough technologies that can improve Earth observations. We believe that diverse ideas from engineers, scientists, and students nationwide will deepen our knowledge of Earth’s systems and help guide decision makers. To date, we have invested in over 1,000 projects spanning a wide range of technologies at different stages of development.

Investment Areas

From initial concept design all the way to in-space validation, we work with researchers to build and test new ideas that advance Earth science. ESTO programs fund instruments, components, and information systems to make Earth science research easier, more efficient, more cost effective, and more robust.

Learn more about Project Types

A Transparent Process


Ideas are Submitted

ESTO releases periodic solicitations for cutting-edge Earth science technologies.


Proposals are Reviewed

ESTO uses a science-driven strategy and relies on peer review and competition to award the best cutting-edge technology projects.


Technologies are Advanced

ESTO works with scientists, engineers, and students to refine and validate their technologies.

Funding Process