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H2020-LEIT-Space-Competitiveness of the European Space Sector-2014

Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 26-03-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €53,040,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11.12.2013

Topic: Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness COMPET-01-2014
Specific challenge:  The space sector is a strategic asset contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and its role in the world. Europe needs non-dependent access to critical space technologies, which is a conditio-sine-qua-non for achieving Europe’s strategic objectives. "Non-dependence" refers to the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology. Reaching non-dependence in certain technologies will open new markets to our industries and will increase the overall competitiveness of the European Space sector.

Scope: Research in technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness has been undertaken within the frame of the EC-ESA-EDA joint initiative on Critical Technologies for European non-Dependence, launched in 2008.

Activities to be proposed in this call will address technologies identified on the list of Urgent Actions as part of the Joint EC-ESA-EDA task force on Critical Technologies (see Excerpt from Critical Space Technologies for European Strategic Non-Dependence – List of Urgent Actions for 2012/2013" – June 2012, and the update for the 2014 call in focusing on those areas that have not so far benefitted from prior Framework Programme funding and representing the highest potential for being addressed through the co-funding instruments available in Horizon 2020. A number of priority technologies have been identified for H2020 support from which proposers can choose:

U1 - Space qualification of low shock non-explosive actuators

U2 - Advanced thermal control systems

U5 - Alternative to Hydrazine in Europe

U11 - Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICS) for Mixed Signal Processing

U17 - High density (up to 1000 pins and beyond) assemblies on PCB

In this context, technological spin in and/or bilateral collaborations should be enhanced between European non-space and space industries and proposals are expected to provide advanced critical technologies that are of common interest to different space application domains (e.g. telecom, Earth-observation, science, etc.), or even with applicability to terrestrial domains.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this specific topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. A maximum of one proposal per identified Urgent Action line will be selected for funding.

Expected impact:

·         To reduce the dependence on critical technologies and capabilities from outside Europe for future space applications, as identified in the EC-ESA-EDA Critical Space Technologies for European Strategic Non-Dependence (see "Critical Space Technologies for European Strategic Non-Dependence – Background Document – 2011”).

·         To develop or regain in the mid-term the European capacity to operate independently in space, e.g. by developing in a timely manner reliable and affordable space technologies that in some cases may already exist outside Europe or in European terrestrial applications. Nevertheless, proposals should strive to go beyond the present state of the art or, preferably, the expected state of the art at the time of completion if alternative technologies are being developed outside Europe.

·         To enhance the technical capabilities and overall competitiveness of European space industry satellite vendors on the worldwide market. The proposals are expected to open new competition opportunities for European manufacturers by reducing the dependency on export restricted technologies that are of strategic importance to future European space efforts. They should enable the European industry to get non-restricted access to high performance technologies that will allow increasing its competitiveness and expertise in the space domain.

·         Proposals should include a work package dedicated to the development of a commercial evaluation of the technology, and should address how to access the commercial market with a full range (preload) of recurring products.

·         Proposals should improve the overall European space technology landscape and complement the activities of European and national space programmes.

Proposals should ideally include development activities up to space qualification.

Type of action: Research and innovation actions.


Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application. Additional guidance documents specific to this topic are available on the 'Calls document' page.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exception: the European Space Agency will not participate in corsortia of proposals submitted under this call for proposals. 
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme: A maximum of one proposal per identified Urgent Action line will be selected for funding.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • H2020-COMPET-2014_Flash Call Info en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5iii. Space en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • COMPET-1-2014_EC-ESA-EDA-List of Urgent Actions for 2012/2013 for use with FP7 call for proposals FP7-SPACE-2013-1 en
  • COMPET-1-2014_EC-ESA-EDA-List of Urgent Actions for 2012/2013 Update for the 2014 Call of Horizon 2020 en
  • COMPET-3&4-2014_Guidelines for Strategic Research Clusters en

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