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Joint call with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA): Copernicus and Galileo prizes for 2019-2021

Joint call with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA): Copernicus and Galileo prizes for 2019-2021
Published on: 25/04/2019 Last update: 08/07/2019
Deadline: 07/08/2019
The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for the organisation of the Copernicus and Galileo Prizes competition for 2019-2021. This competition aims to promote industrial innovation and the uptake of European Earth Observation and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technologies downstream across Europe and beyond.

The objectives of the Copernicus and Galileo prizes are:

  1. To support Copernicus-based start-ups in 2020 and, possibly, in 2021, through the award of a cash or combination of cash and in-kind prize for innovative ideas.
  2. To support EGNOS/Galileo-based start-ups in 2020 and 2021, through the award of cash or combination of cash and in-kind prizes for innovative ideas. To further support the development of successful EGNOS/Galileo applications, additional Galileo incubation awards of cash or combination of cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded each year in 2020 and 2021.
  3. To implement a specific Galileo Masters prizes challenge dedicated to three GSA topics of choice and to implement other special prizes requested by the GSA.
  4. To foster the emergence of a vibrant Copernicus ecosystem and Galileo start-ups in Europe, involving various stakeholders (research centres, universities, small and large companies, etc.), through the organisation of a prestigious awards ceremony.

The winner of this call will be responsible for: 

  1. The organisation of a prize competition, including the promotion, evaluation, selection and the award of the prizes
  2. The organisation of the award ceremony.
  3. Reporting to the European Commission.

The maximum EU contribution for this call is €2,306,000.

The maximum co-financing rates applicable under this call for proposals are:

  1. 70% for management costs with an overall total ceiling of €400,000 of eligible costs
  2. 60% for Copernicus and Galileo prize costs with a ceiling of €10,000 per prize of eligible costs (with the exception of the two European Commission challenges every year, which can be financed up to 100% by the EU)
  3. 70% for Galileo incubation support costs with a ceiling of €43,000 per incubation
  4. 100% for the GSA special and ad-hoc prizes

Proposals requesting an EU contribution higher than €2,306,000 or an EU co-financing rate higher than the thresholds indicated above will not be eligible.



Indicative timing

Publication of the call

April 2019

Deadline for submitting applications

7 August 2019

Information to applicants

August 2019

Signature of grant agreement

September 2019

Starting date of action/work programme

Q1 2020

Indicative duration of actions

24 months with possible

extension up to 36 months

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be natural or legal persons with legal personality in accordance with the laws of an EU country, EFTA country or EEA country.
  • Proposals from applicants in candidate or associated countries may be selected if, on the date of award, agreements have entered into force setting out the arrangements for the participation of those countries in the programme.

Submission of proposals

Applicants should use the Electronic Submission System (SEP) to submit their proposal.

You will need to create an EU Login account (formerly ECAS) if you do not already have one.

The deadline for electronic submissions is 7 August 2019 at 17:00 (CET).

Additional information

Questions and answers

Potential applicants should send their questions to:

The email subject should be 'Copernicus and Galileo Prizes call'. Only questions sent to this mailbox will be answered. Answers will be published periodically and within a reasonable period of time on this webpage. The deadline for submitting questions related to this call is 15 days before the deadline.