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Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)

Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)

The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) supported the European strategy for space with ‘application-oriented’ research projects from 2002 to 2006, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). The budget allocation to FP6 for the duration of the programme was EUR 1.182 billion.

Through FP6, the EU financed research and development activities for:

  • satellite navigation, positioning, and timing systems for the Galileo programme;
  • Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) - now Copernicus;
  • satellite telecommunications.

Within these areas, GMES (now Copernicus) was the central pillar of FP6 for space research.

The programme was evaluated for the European Commission in the FP6 Programme Evaluation Report (653 kB).

FP6 projects

FP6 projects focused on “Global Monitoring for Environment and Security”, “Satellite Telecommunication” and “Space Transportation”. Information on individual projects can be found in the publication:

Space Research: Developing applications for the benefit of the citizens (2008)