EU Space Research
EU Space Research and Technology Development
Europe has been active in the space sector for several decades and its activities encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from rocket launchers and space exploration to space-based applications that provide new services to society.
Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to evolve, providing cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.
EU Space Research Funding
EU space research is supported through framework programmes. 'Horizon 2020' is the upcoming framework programme covering the period from 2014 to 2020. This support is critical to the ongoing development of the space sector, in particular:
- it encourages the research community, as well as the private sector, to intensify their efforts and investments in the space sector;
- it helps to sustain a competitive space industry (including manufacturers, service providers and operators);
- it provides appropriate services and infrastructure, necessary for the development and exploitation of new technologies.
The European Commission's space research and development activities are carried out in conjunction with research activities of EU Member States and other key players, including the European Space Agency (ESA).
DG Enterprise and Industry
Unit G1 – Policy and Space Research