EGNSS funding opportunities – what’s on offer?
With four topics under the Horizon 2020 EGNSS MARKET UPTAKE 2019 call for proposals set to open on 16 October 2018, now is a good time to take a look at the many EU R&D funding opportunities that the GNSS community can take advantage of.
The EGNSS-related call that is set to open in October supports key EU priorities – leveraging innovation to energise economic growth and support environmental sustainability, particularly in Europe’s cities. The new call will foster the emergence of new innovative downstream applications based on either Galileo and/or EGNOS and support the EU GNSS industry, SMEs, universities, research organisations and public bodies.
The specific challenge of the first topic of the call is to address the EGNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility, with the objective of developing innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more cost-effective and higher performance mobility and transport solutions, responding to the growing mobility needs of people and goods.
Mass market and the environment
The second topic of the call addresses EGNSS applications fostering digitisation, and its main challenge is to develop EGNSS applications contributing to digitisation of products and services that will, among its other goals, foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets and provide benefits to users.
The third topic, on EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment, aims 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 promote green growth.
Finally, the last topic of Awareness raising and capacity building, aims to build a mechanism to leverage EGNSS excellence, to provide opportunities for the creation of networks of industrial relationships in Europe and also globally , and facilitate EGNSS investments.
For more information on all of these calls, click here.
H2020 Information Day in Prague
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organising a Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day and Brokerage Event at its headquarters in Prague on 11-12 October to provide information on space opportunities in Horizon 2020 and beyond and on the next H2020 Space Call, with a special focus on Galileo calls.
In addition to learning about space opportunities in H2020, this event will be an opportunity to meet with potential partners for the upcoming 2019-2020 space calls. To register to attend, click here.
Other upcoming H2020 calls in different sectors but with specific reference to EGNSS are:
A number of calls in the transport sector make reference to EGNOS and Galileo-based applications – we will cover some of them here (a more comprehensive list is available below). The topic Integrated multimodal, low-emission freight transport systems and logistics aims to speed up the transition towards the Physical Internet paradigm, demonstrating how different technologies, business cases and standards come together in real-world applications.
The topic Moving freight by water: sustainable infrastructure and innovative vessels aims to make operations at inland waterways and/or port infrastructure more efficient through the use of smart systems and automation. Meanwhile, Innovative applications of drones for safety in transport aims to develop and test technologies and operational and business models for the application of drones to increase the safety, security, and overall efficiency of air, waterborne and surface transport.
Finally, proposals under the topic Developing and testing shared, connected and cooperative automated vehicle fleets in urban areas for the mobility of all should make best use of EGNOS and Galileo to allow communication and cooperation between vehicles and infrastructure and with other road users, and enable automated, smart mobility services, innovative fleet management concepts and higher performance of automated vehicle functions.
The call Research on advanced tools and technological development targets the development and testing of a number of tools and future technologies, including GNSS timing and synchronisation for smart grids, to cover gaps and to prepare for the energy system of 2030 and beyond.
Health/ Climate Change
The use of advanced IT technologies such as high performance computing and geo-localisation data is anticipated in the topic Mining big data for early detection of infectious disease threats driven by climate change and other factors, to enable the rapid and personalised treatment of patients, and bolster the detection, tracking and control of infectious disease outbreaks.
EGNSS-RELATED CALLS AT A GLANCE
Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies-ICT
Societal challenge 2 – Energy
Societal challenge 4 - Transport
Galileo activities are also supported via the Fundamental Elements funding mechanism.