EU space research aims to foster a cost-effective, competitive, and innovate space industry and research community. This helps ensure that space technology meets EU policies and provides cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems that benefit EU citizens. It also ensures that Europe remains competitive in space.
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:
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.