The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is to host 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 will discuss 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.
In June 2018 the Commission published its proposal for the Horizon Europe programme, which is currently being negotiated in the European Council and the European Parliament, after which it should be launched on 1 January 2021. In the programme, EGNSS related activities are currently covered within the Digital Industry cluster, Pillar 2: Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness, but there is a proposal from the Parliament and Council to have a dedicated Digital-Industry-Space cluster.
Fostering adoption, underpinning competitiveness
EGNSS activities such as innovative applications; global uptake; solutions improving robustness; authentication; integrity of services; and development of fundamental elements such as chipsets, receivers and antennas, are covered under the Digital Industry pillar. Other EGNSS activities in the area of sustainability of supply chains, new technologies, work targeting solutions for societal challenges, and the development of next generation systems for emerging security threats or applications such as autonomous driving, can also be addressed in other Horizon Europe clusters and pillars.
As the programme is currently being negotiated, now is the time to consult with stakeholders and agree on the EGNSS downstream R&D priorities for the next framework programme and to exploit new funding tools to increase the business impact of EGNSS. Moreover, the budget for EGNSS downstream applications in Horizon Europe needs to be secured in order to foster wide-scale EGNSS adoption and underpin the competitiveness of EU industry.
Review of requirements
The upcoming GSA workshop will provide a forum for this consultation, offering representatives from industry and academia the opportunity to discuss high-level EGNSS downstream R&D priorities. The workshop will kick off by taking a look at the status quo of the Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements funding mechanisms and then present how EGNSS downstream R&D is reflected in Horizon Europe. This will be followed by a discussion of EGNSS R&D User Requirements, with a review of inputs from the 2018 EGNSS User Consultation Platform by market segment. Finally, there will be an open discussion on high-level priorities for Horizon Europe.
You can now register to the workshop here. To help participants to prepare for the workshop, the GSA has prepared a questionnaire, which you can access here, along with the agenda for the workshop. For more information contact: email@example.com
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