Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 and with a budget of just over EUR 70 billion, the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to stimulate growth and create jobs in Europe.
The calls for proposals under the Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017 can be consulted in the Participants Portal. You can also download the "Space" part of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017.
The documents below provide additional information for applicants who wish to apply to specific topics in the work programme (open calls).
Call for proposals H2020-EO-2017
Call for proposals H2020-COMPET-2017 (footnote 33)
You can also consult additional information on the availability of Copernicus Sentinel Data and access to Copernicus Contributing Mission data.
Space research is supported in Horizon 2020 under the priority "Industrial Leadership". The main objective and challenge is to ensure Europe’s independent access to space and the development of competitive space technologies. This includes critical technologies for European non-dependence. It is important to reap the benefits of European investments in the space sector, notably through the Galileo and Copernicus systems, but also through space science and exploration missions. The work programme also supports the protection of space assets in and from space, with priorities covering space weather research, as well as networking and improving the performance of Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) at European level.
The 2016-2017 work programme addresses these challenges and priorities through a set of calls for proposal, normally in the form of grants, and through a set of "other actions" comprising a variety of funding instruments. Activities funded under "other actions" cater for specific needs stemming from the implementation of EU-funded space activities and programmes. This includes the SST support framework, and preparing the technologies for the evolution of the European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).
In 2016, the call on Earth observation (EO) covers topics on downstream applications, downstream services for public authorities and the evolution of Copernicus services. The goals here are to foster the market development of EO applications, to match the needs of public authorities, and to support the research needs for the evolution of Copernicus services. In 2017, the topic on downstream applications is covered again, together with a new topic on the EO big data shift, dealing with the very large volumes of data produced by Copernicus satellites.
The call dedicated to boosting the competitiveness of the European space technology (COMPET) addresses the development of critical space technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, it provides support to two "strategic research clusters". One is dedicated to "electrical propulsion" and the other is dedicated to "space robotics". Satellite telecommunication systems and sub-systems represent an important technology niche that is addressed in 2016 under COMPET. Also covered in 2016 is the development of scientific instrumentation for space science and exploration missions. In 2017, this call supports the development of competitive EO mission technologies that address the evolving needs for higher speed data chains (for instance in satellite telecommunications systems). Also in 2017, the work programme foresees the utilisation of space data from existing, archived and future European science and exploration missions. It also aims to improve our understanding of space weather phenomena. This includes addressing its effects, impacts and mitigation techniques with application to aerospace and ground systems. Outreach and communication activities are also subject of this call, focusing on the dissemination of space research activities in Europe and on the support to technology transfer and business generator initiatives.
A dedicated call for applications in satellite navigation is presented in the work programme for 2017. The development of downstream applications is key to maximising the use of Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Overlay System) and also to stimulate the EU GNSS downstream industry competitiveness, while capturing public benefits. Therefore, the 2017 call focuses on transport, mass market and professional applications. A topic promoting awareness raising and capacity building in European GNSS is also addressed in this call.
Call for proposals H2020-EO-2016:
Call for proposals H2020-COMPET-2016: