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TOPIC : EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment

Topic identifier: SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020
Publication date: 27 October 2017
Focus area: Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union (SU)

Types of action: IA Innovation action
Opening date:
16 October 2018
Deadline: 05 March 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The aim of this topic is to develop innovative EGNSS applications to support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth that protect the environment while generating economic growth.

The challenge is to make these applications more affordable, easy to use and integrated with other solutions and technologies, including for example earth observation, e.g. Copernicus services, in order to enable new targeted innovative solutions.

The following specific challenges are covered by this topic:

  • EGNSS is offering additional accuracy and features, such as the Search and Rescue service (SAR). The current SAR service, provided free of charge by Cospas-Sarsat to national Rescue Coordination Centres, is used by about one million beacon owners for maritime, aviation and leisure applications and over the last 30 years has on average contributed to saving 1300 lives per year. Galileo Forward Link Service initial service was declared operational in 2016 and the unique Return Link service is planned to be launched in 2018, delivering acknowledgement of reception of the distress alarm. Emergency services, disaster early detection and efficient management can also benefit from increased accuracy and added value provided by other sensors.
  • The power networks, telecommunication networks and financial transactions[1] are today synchronised, many of them using GNSS. These networks are becoming more and more distributed (e.g. distributed power generation of renewable energies), interconnected and more demanding in terms of synchronisation performances (e.g. in 4G-LTE and future internet), or requiring authenticated solutions as for the financial transaction time stamping. The specific challenge is in this case to build on the enhanced capabilities offered by Galileo that will provide high accurate timing information and authentication services, to develop a new generation of high performing, reliable and EU independent timing and synchronisation applications that can cope with these emerging and demanding needs. Integrity and trustworthiness of the synchronization mechanism offered by GNSS should also be addressed.
  • Precision agriculture, mapping and surveying have been the pioneers in the use of GNSS since the early years. Innovative EGNSS applications in agriculture and surveying should take into account the possibility to minimise the adverse consequences of climate change and the impact on the environment (e.g. fertiliser use and air quality). Other EGNSS differentiators, like multiple frequencies and the Galileo High Accuracy service that will be offered free of charge are contributing to enabling EGNSS innovative solutions, including in challenging environments.

Proposals may address social and professional applications. Promising areas of activities are:

  • Applications supporting e-health, safety and emergency management;
  • Search and Rescue applications, including tracking of distress situations and response management;
  • Emergency and disaster management;
  • Management and related operation of critical infrastructure (e.g. electricity network, telecommunication networks, financial transactions), timing and synchronisation;
  • Efficient Agriculture: Automated machine guidance, precision farming and machine control;
  • Surveying and Mapping: Land survey, marine survey, cadastral and geodesy, and construction.

For all the professional areas, the development and innovation should build on:

  • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6;
  • Galileo specific signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC;
  • Galileo High Accuracy service that will be offered free of charge and Authentication features that will be provided by Galileo;
  • Fusion with other data, such as from EO satellites or other in-situ sensors.

Actions should deliver new innovative applications, with commercial
impact and a clear market uptake perspective (a Business Plan is required as part of the proposal). EGNSS should be part and parcel of the envisaged solution(s). However, where a combination of EGNSS with other technologies is required to make the application(s) work, this is not excluded from the scope.

For proposals under this topic:

  • Participation of industry, in particular SMEs, is encouraged;
  • Involvement of post-graduate researchers (engineers, scientists, and others) is also encouraged, for example through professional work experience or through fellowships/scholarships when applicable;
  • A Business Plan and evidence of user engagement shall be compulsory and shall be provided as part of the proposal, to demonstrate the user need and sustainability of the project.

Proposals addressing PRS (Public Regulated Service) related applications are not in the scope
of this action.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

This topic contributes to the Horizon 2020 focus area "Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union".

Expected Impact:
  • Develop highly innovative applications taking advantage of Galileo and EGNOS differentiators in order to decrease the barriers to access such professional applications, reduce the price and increase the effectiveness of the solution, facilitate its use and increase the number of users;
  • Commercialise the products and services developed;
  • Proposals addressing Galileo SAR service should leverage the Forward and Return Link Services to improve the users’ safety and efficiency of the rescue activity by reducing the time to accurately locate the distress alert;
  • Emergency and disaster management applications should target integration of different sensors and position sources to identify, locate and react in critical situations, as well as delivering efficient response to ensure the wellbeing of citizens and monitor the infrastructure;
  • Innovative GNSS applications in agriculture improving the productivity and decreasing the negative environmental impact;
  • Timing and synchronisation applications focussing on emerging network synchronisation needs in terms of accuracy and robustness, while reducing EU dependency from other GNSS.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

[1]Cf. also Article 50 of Directive 2014/65/EU on Markets in Financial Instruments.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.

A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the 
Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.

The following exception apply for topics LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020, DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020, SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020:

The Business Plan shall be submitted as a part of Part B of the proposal. It should be based on a template provided by the European Commission and available in the Participants Portal (Topic conditions and Documents section) and in the submission service.


Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.


3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.  
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.


4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.


5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement



6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.


8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2018-20
5iii. Space WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

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.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


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