GNSS Funding Guide

The purpose of the funding guide is to help SMEs find the best European, national and regional funding opportunities to support their investments and projects in the GNSS sector. You can download the full version here or browse different sections below.

The document presents a description of the main funding lines that are accessible to SMEs in Europe, and is divided into several sections:

  • Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, running 2014 to 2020 aimed at implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative.
  • EU grants, delivered within the framework of multiannual funding programmes managed by the European Commission to support transnational projects. Main characteristics of these projects are the innovation of state of the art, the non-profit rule and the presence of a partnership between actors from several EU Member States.
  • National grants, delivered by national authorities in the framework of internal funding laws or programmes.
  • Regional funds, delivered through Structural Funds. These funds are allocated by the EU to the Member States and regions in order to fund local projects aiming at increasing territorial cohesion. The Structural Funds depend on regional operational programmes, and they are managed by regional authorities. These funds are particularly interesting for investments in infrastructures.
  • European Space Agency (ESA), which is funding direct research and development activities, with the purpose of giving rise to commercial products and services. As a general rule, participation in ESA R&D actions is open to all firms and has a European dimension. The main instrument of funding is public procurement.
  • Loans from the European Investment Bank, delivered to investments of high European interest in several areas. Various finance facilities are available for SMEs, especially for R&D, risk capitals, guarantees. Most of the funds are accessible through local intermediary banks appointed by the EIB.
  • Tenders (public procurement), finalised to the signature of public contracts for pecuniary interest between economic operators and contracting authorities in order to obtain the supply of movable or immovable assets, the execution of works or the provision of services.
  • Other funding opportunities delivered by other institutions or networks, including awards for individuals and minor EU programmes with some secondary application of GNSS technology.