This week, the European Commission informed the Member States about the upcoming award (grant agreements to be signed by mid-October) of €255 million for research and innovation projects in the area of Space. The corresponding Work Programme can be accessed here.
The €255 million will be allocated to a wide range of European actors, from large, medium and small-sized companies to SMEs and start-ups, research establishments, public entities, universities and other organizations for projects in the areas of:
- Competitiveness of the European space system (including for example satellite communication and electrical propulsion);
- Access to space for European actors (including for example reusable and low-cost launchers);
- Evolution of the services of the earth observation system Copernicus;
- Technological non-dependence;
- Quantum space gravimetry;
- Education & skills;
- EGNSS (satellite navigation, mainly Galileo), Copernicus and GOVSATCOM use and applications.
The €255 million are part of a bigger budget of €520 million dedicated to Space R&I for 2021 and 2022 under the Horizon Europe programme.
- R&I in Space Situational Awareness;
- R&I for the evolution of EGNSS, for In-Orbit Demonstration and Validation and for the development of secure satellite communication for governments (GOVSATCOM) - delegated to ESA, the European Space Agency;
- Activities to support Space entrepreneurship.
The space R&I support from the European Commission represents a major investment into the current and future uses and benefits for EU citizens and businesses of space-related technologies, services and applications!
- Publication date
- 30 June 2022