Opportunities for funding of GMES-related innovation

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On 30th July 2009, the European Commission launched a Call for Proposals, Call ID FP7-SPACE-2010-1, for innovative projects to be funded under the Space theme of the 7th Framework Programme.

The indicative funding budget for this Call is 114 Million Euros.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 8th December 2009, 17h (Brussels time).

Service & technology development areas targeted by the FP7-space-2010-1 call.

The call covers a number of areas, including:

  • space-based applications and services for the integration, harmonisation, use and delivery of GMES data;
  • R&D in support of space science, exploration, space transportion, and key technologies;
  • R&D in support of reducing the vulnerability of space assets from weather and in-orbit collisions;

in addition to funding for a number of coordination and support actions.

The complete information package of the Call for Proposals, can be found on the EC's Cordis.Europa.EU website.

The European Commission, ESA, and funding support for GMES-related innovation

The aim of the Space theme under FP7 is to support a European Space Programme focusing on applications such as "Global monitoring for environment and security" (GMES) with benefits for citizens and for the competitiveness of the European space industry.

This will contribute to the development of a European space policy, complementing efforts by Member States of the European Union, and by other key players - including the European Space Agency (ESA).

Overall, the EU Member States have earmarked more than € 1.4 billion for funding this theme over the duration of FP7.

Links to background information on the 7th Framework Programme and the Space theme, can be found on the SME Resources pages.

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