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H2020-LEIT-Space-Competitivenessof the European Space Sector-2015

Opening Date 04-11-2014 Deadline Date 08-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €39,000,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11.12.2013

Topic: Space exploration – Habitat management COMPET-04-2015

Specific challenge: The International Space Station (ISS) is the current cornerstone of European activities in human spaceflight and a pillar of the European strategy for space exploration. With its assembly now complete, and with several years of operations ahead until 2020 and possibly beyond, it should be used to the fullest extent for optimising and broadening the scientific, technological and operational return of Europeans investments. ISS should also be further used as a test-bed for the preparation of future ventures as well as for enabling overall scientific and technological progress and provide benefits to citizens. The selection of these proposals in the area of habitat management will depend on their suitability for research on-board ISS.

Scope: Prepare for demonstrating technologies, and operations techniques and process, critical for future human missions as well as advancing knowledge related to human spaceflight and terrestrial applications for the benefits of citizens. Proposals demonstrating safe and reliable quality control of indoor environment in space including microbial  control (e.g. development of early detection and warning systems for environmental contamination and pollution) should be implemented by leveraging synergies between space and non-space actors (e.g. industrial ecology, health sectors). These on-ground preparatory activities are a prerequisite to potential flight hardware development and activities to be conducted on-board the European Columbus module of the ISS.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impacts: Proposals are expected to prepare the ground for further innovative development of R&D in human spaceflight and future terrestrial applications. Systems are expected to be developed and tested on the ground and demonstrate operational capability (or close to). An important impact is also the potential applicability of the test projects on-board ISS. Results will therefore have to attain the necessary maturity to fulfil this promise.

The results are expected to have a significant impact in stimulating non-space actors' contribution to space exploration. This research topic should attract active participation of researchers in academia and SMEs. The results should be actively disseminated in the relevant scientific publications, as well as towards potential user communities as appropriate.

Type of action: Research and innovation actions


Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

NOTE: A guidance video in support of COMPET-4 on 'Space exploitation - Life Support and Habitat Management' and technical specifications on conducting research on-board the International Space Station (ISS) can be downloaded from following website:  

  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.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    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

  • 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
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Guidance on the evaluation of innovation, social sciences and humanities and other aspects of H2020 proposals en
  • Flash call info en
  • NOTE COMPET-2015-2_Technologies addressed in COMPET-2014-2_Final en
  • Presentation Call Horizon 2020-SPACE-2015 en
  • History of the updates_LEIT-Space en
  • Excerpt from Critical Space Technologies for European Strategic Non-Dependence - List of Urgent Actions for 2012/2013 - Update for the 2015 Call of Horizon 2020 (COMPET 1 – 2015) en
  • COMPET-1-2015_EC-ESA-EDA-List of Urgent Actions for 2012/2013 for use with FP7 call for proposals FP7-SPACE-2013-1 en

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