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For an Innovative and Autonomous European Space Ecosystem

EU space research aims to foster a cost-effective, competitive, and innovative space industry and research community. It ensures that space technology, services and applications meet EU policy needs, as outlined in the Space Strategy for Europe (COM(2016) 705) and the R&I needs of the Space Programme in the period 2021 to 2027 (COM(2018) 447). EU-funded space R&I provides cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems, which benefit EU citizens. It also ensures that the EU remains competitive in space and can access and use space with a high level of autonomy.

Horizon Europe Space-related calls for proposals are now released!

EU Space Research Funding

Horizon Europe

Governance and Implementation of Horizon Europe

The Horizon Europe programme is governed by the Directorate-General in charge of Research and Innovation. More information about the overall programme, which does not only cover Space, can be found here

For the Space component of Horizon Europe, the implementation of the programme is managed by the Executive Agency HaDEA and, for some areas such as EGNSS and Copernicus downstream applications as well as the Galileo PRS service’s applications, by EUSPA, the EU Agency for the Space Programme.

Horizon Europe also supports actions which are delegated to specific entities, mostly ESA, the European Space Agency, for example related to the evolution of the EGNSS programmes.

In addition, the European Commission has contracted a consortium to manage the stakeholders consultation process for certain areas of EU space research: StarsEU

Space Research and Innovation

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