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 and algorithms, among various projects, to 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.
We have invested in over 800 projects spanning a wide range of technologies at different stages of development. 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 research.Learn more about Project Types
Exploring a New Approach for Measuring Water Vapor on Earth
NASA researchers are exploring a new radar-based method to map water vapor both in Earth’s atmosphere and near the surface of Mars.
Aiming High to Look at the Clouds
A shoebox-sized instrument will give researchers unprecedented insights into the ice crystals that form the wispy clouds that play an important, but little-understood role in Earth’s climate.
New Models Show How Species Will be Relocated by Climate Change
Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment published an article highlighting an ESTO-funded project that uses advanced models to help predict how climate change will influence where species will live.
How Funding Works
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 select the best cutting-edge technology projects.
ESTO funds scientists, engineers, and students to refine their technology or validate its use.