The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently held a workshop on funding opportunities for European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently held a workshop on funding opportunities for European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020. Hosted by the CTU Civil Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague, the day-long event covered such topics as past R&D successes under FP7, the process and procedures for applying under the currently open Second Call of Horizon 2020 and an overview of the opportunities available in such market segments as agriculture, aviation, LBS, road, rail, maritime and more.
Not to be Missed
Overall, 200 people registered for the workshop, with an additional 500 tuning in via a live web-stream. Participants represented a diverse array of sectors and included SMEs, research institutions and multinational corporations. In addition to the presentations, the event proved to be an excellent opportunity for the GNSS industry to network, exchange experiences and prepare for the next call.
“With almost four billion GNSS devices in use worldwide and all regions experiencing growth, GNSS represents an opportunity that Europe cannot afford to miss,” said Calini. “With a EUR 63 million budget for 2014 – 2015, Horizon 2020, the European Commission and the GSA have a key role to play in ensuring Europe is in the driver’s seat by supporting European business and research, providing them the support needed to ignite their potential.”
Funding opportunities are available across all market sectors. For example, in aviation, GNSS is expected to reach over 90% penetration by 2020 as an enabler of Performance Based Navigation. Key market trends in this sector include a transition from traditional routing to GNSS navigation solutions for all phases of flight, with new operational requirements driving the growth of GNSS avionics use. With communication, navigation and surveillance applications relying on E-GNSS, the current call is interested in research focused on E-GNSS, including, but not limited to, the following areas:
- E-GNSS as a PVT source for navigation, including innovative navigation concepts In surveillance applications, including ADS-B and terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS)
- In timing, including in system and ATM synchronization in a SWIM environment
- Reliable PVT for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS)
On the rail side, GNSS adoption is progressing at a slower rate, due in part to the environmental challenges of using GNSS within the unique sector. In fact, GNSS systems are currently used primarily for non-safety critical applications. Thus, European GNSS has a unique value proposition to offer the sector, with the current call interested in research focused on:
- Contributing to building a certifiable E-GNSS based solution for railway signalling, with potential to be included in the ERTMS
- Evolutions of such non-safety critical applications as passenger information services and driver assistance
- Multimodal applications and asset management/logistics solutions for improving asset tracking and supply chain visibility
Similar opportunities are available in the LBS, Road, Maritime, Agriculture, Mapping, and Surveying sectors. More information on these opportunities can be found here.
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