The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted a workshop at its Prague headquarters on 4 June 2019 to consult with industry and academia on Horizon Europe EGNSS Downstream R&D. At the workshop, participants discussed priorities for EGNSS downstream applications, receivers, and market uptake in Horizon Europe – the European Commission’s ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.
GSA has successfully implemented FP7, H2020 and Fundamental Elements R&D programs, leading to a portfolio of products and advanced prototypes in the European industry. These programs also contributed to ensure a strong European downstream competence in GNSS, increasing especially the role of SMEs and contributing to the creation of start-ups.
In June 2018 the European Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. Currently the Horizon Europe (Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) – Proposal for a Regulation and Annexes COM(2018) 435 and the Horizon Europe (Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) – Proposal for a Decision and Annexes COM(2018) 436 are under negotiations.
Now it is the time to consult the stakeholders and agree on the R&D EGNSS downstream priorities for the next framework program and also to exploit new funding tools to increase the business impact. The budget for EGNSS downstream applications in Horizon Europe must be secured in order to foster the EGNSS adoption and build strong EU industry competitiveness.
Scope of this workshop was to consult the industry and academia on their high level EGNSS downstream R&D priorities.