€324 million for space and security research under FP7
Today the European Commission initiates negotiations to sign research contracts worth EUR 324 million with 108 successful space and security research consortia. Selected from amongst 732 proposals received in the third of seven planned calls for proposals under the Space and Security themes of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the selected projects are set to strengthen the competitiveness of European industries and contribute to enhanced security for citizens. As a global actor and major space power, the EU relies on space and security research for strong border protection and enhanced environmental monitoring. Therefore funds also support the continued development of Europe's Global Monitoring system for Environment and Security (GMES).