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EU space research aims to foster a cost-effective, competitive, and innovate space industry and research community. It ensures that space technology, services and applications meet EU policy needs, as outlined in the Space Strategy for Europe (COM(2016) 705) and the R&I needs of the Space Programme in the period 2021 to 2027 (COM(2018) 447). EU-funded space R&I provides cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems, which benefit EU citizens. It also ensures that the EU remains competitive in space and has the capacity to access and use space with a high level of autonomy.

Space research funding

EU space research is supported through framework programmes. Horizon 2020 is the current framework programme covering the period from 2014 to 2020. It was preceded by FP7 which ran from 2007 to 2013, and FP6 which ran from 2002 to 2006. The support of these programmes is critical to the ongoing development of the space sector. In particular:

  • It encourages the research community and the private sector to intensify their efforts in the space sector and boost investment;
  • It helps to sustain a competitive space industry including manufacturers, service providers, and operators;
  • It provides the services and infrastructure necessary for the development and exploitation of new technologies.

Specific actions are often carried out in cooperation with the research activities of EU countries and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Over EUR 1.4 billion will be devoted to Horizon 2020 to support Europe’s competitiveness in space research.

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