The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.
The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.
The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.
Looking to the future
Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators.
Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.
The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00 CET, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.
Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance
Things to keep in mind
The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025).
Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.
For more details, please see the call documentation package.
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