The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) has been established in Vienna as the focal point for promoting European space policy globally. Founded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Austrian Space Agency (ASA), on behalf of the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) of the Federal Republic of Austria, the Institute will identify and develop research themes relevant to European space policy. This will be used to initiate, support and promote political and societal debate to raise the public awareness of the importance of space-based infrastructures and services.

The Institute will create a virtual network of think tanks that will federate their know-how and skills in order to conduct comprehensive space policy research. Its tasks are multidisciplinary, building up know-how and knowledge to provide comprehensive and independent policy research to space players in Europe.

Although located in Vienna and legally represented by a Secretary General, any national space administration, intergovernmental research organisation, university, institute or other national or international, governmental or non-governmental entity or any other natural or legal person with a particular interest in taking part in ESPI activities may become a member.