Call summary and aims
Horizon 2020 Earth observation (EO) activities are considered an essential element to accompany the investments made by the Union in Copernicus, the Union Earth observation and monitoring programme. Through Copernicus and Earth Observation activities in the Horizon 2020 the European Union also contributes to advancing the Global Earth Observation Systems of Systems (GEOSS).
In particular, activities under the societal challenge for climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials focus on GEOSS, notably the development of comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and information systems that stimulate the smart use of strategic resources, support the development of evidence-based policies, foster new environmental and climate services, and develop new opportunities in global markets. Activities under the Leadership in Industrial Technologies part focus on the evolution of Copernicus and the exploitation of existing European space infrastructure by promoting the development of innovative products and services based on remote sensing, geo-positioning or other types of satellite enabled data as well as geo-information generated already by services such as Copernicus services.
Moreover, taking into account the wider relevance of EO to all parts of Horizon 2020, proposals addressing application and uptake of EO for the development of innovative applications addressing specific challenges can also be submitted to the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges where related references are included. To that end, applicants to those parts of Horizon 2020 can also access Copernicus data and information (licensing conditions may apply)[[Access to Copernicus Sentinel data and service information is provided to users on a free, full and open basis. For other satellites data, the DataWareHouse document 2.0 is available at http://www.copernicus.eu/main/library/technical-documents/ and licensing details can be consulted at http://gmesdata.esa.int/web/gsc/dap_document as well as http://gmesdata.esa.int/web/gsc/terms_and_conditions.]].
Earth observation underpins the mitigation of Europe's climate change challenges by facilitating sustainable services enabled by Copernicus.
To facilitate access to opportunities for applicants, the following list includes dedicated Earth observation activities in calls in other work programme parts, in addition to those in this call:
- Blue Growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities (H2020-BG-2016-2017):
- BG-9-2016: An integrated Arctic observing system
- BG-12-2016: Towards an integrated Mediterranean Sea Observing System
- Sustainable Food Security – resilient agri-food chains (H2020-SFS-2016-2017):
- SFS-43-2017: Earth Observation services for the monitoring of agricultural production in Africa
- Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials - Earth Observation (H2020-SC5-2016-2017):
- SC5-18-2017 - Novel in-situ observation systems
- SC5-19-2017 - Coordination of citizens' observatories initiatives
- SC5-20-2016 - European data hub of the GEOSS information system
- Earth Observation (H2020-EO-2016 and H2020-EO-2017)
- EO-1-2016 and EO-1-2017: Downstream applications
- EO-2-2016: Downstream applications for public sector users
- EO-3-2016: Evolution of Copernicus services
- EO-2-2017: EO Big Data Shift
- EO-3-2017: Preparation for a European capacity to monitor CO2 anthropogenic emissions
- Competitiveness of the European Space Sector: Technology and Science (H2020-COMPET-2017)
- COMPET-2-2017: Competitiveness in Earth observation mission technologies
- SME Instrument (H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017), although not dedicated uniquely to Earth Observation, is particularly well suited for SMEs addressing space based applications
- SMEInst-04-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in space research and development
- SMEInst-12-2016-2017: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas and priorities of Societal Challenge 5
03 July 2017 16:52
Please note that the evaluation results (flash call info) is now available under the "Additional Documents" of the EO-2017 topics.
02 March 2017 11:26
A total of 55 proposals were submitted in response to this call.
the number of proposals for each topic is as follows:
- EO-1-2017: 32 proposals
- EO-2-2017: 22 proposals
- EO-3-2017: 1 proposal
The evaluation of the proposals, including an ethics screening, is planned to start on 3rd of April and will be closed on the 9th of June 2017. Applicants will be informed on the outcome of the evaluations by mid-July 2017.
11 January 2017 16:22
From 1 January 2017 Switzerland is associated to the whole Horizon 2020 programme instead of the previous partial association. This applies to all the grant agreements signed on 1 January 2017 and afterwards. For more information please see the relevant Note on the Participant Portal.
21 November 2016 14:03
Presentation on evaluation criteria given to Space National Contact Points 9.11.2016 has been added to EO-2017 and COMPET-2017 calls.
- 08 November 2016 00:31 The submission session is now available for: EO-2-2017(RIA), EO-1-2017(IA), EO-3-2017(CSA)
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