Use of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS, EGNSS) is not restricted to Europe’s borders, and the compatibility of space systems means that users and businesses around the globe are able to benefit from greater coverage, higher accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes thanks to EGNSS. International users are therefore interested in exploring opportunities for greater cooperation with the European space programmes. Horizon 2020 is a key entry point for this.
Horizon 2020 and its successor framework programme Horizon Europe offer excellent opportunities for organisations around the world to team up with entities in the European Union to conduct research and development in a wide range of areas. European GNSS (EGNSS) is one such area and the EGNSS downstream market, in particular, is an ideal forum for international cooperation, with advantages for both sides in terms of new markets and business opportunities.
In this context, participation in Horizon 2020 Calls is an effective driver of international cooperation that strengthens existing and creates new links with non-EU countries. Any H2020 project can include international partners and international participation in these projects brings multiple benefits, including access to knowledge, markets, talent and investment, better research and exploitation and a higher global profile for the projects. Through previous R&I initiatives GSA has established cooperation with a wide network of international EGNSS players and the objective is to strengthen the existing and upcoming link with more countries.
Applicants from non-EU countries are eligible to take part in Horizon 2020 programmes – even if the calls for proposals or topic texts do not explicitly state this. However, they are not always automatically entitled to funding. For a list of countries eligible for Horizon 2020 funding, click here.
Creating international partnerships
EGNSS-related projects funded under Horizon 2020 have already yielded significant successes. One such project is BELS and its successor BELS+. The BELS+ consortium brings together partners from Europe and Southeast Asia with the aim of developing GNSS markets for EU companies in Southeast Asia and helping EGNSS applications gain a foothold in this rapidly growing market. Towards this goal, the project conducts a range of coordinated activities to raise awareness and build capacities for the exploitation of EGNSS technologies in the region.
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Likewise, the European GNSS Agency (GSA)-funded GNSS.asia H2020 project aims to stimulate the creation of partnerships between GNSS industries in Europe and Asia, while supporting institutional cooperation and encouraging Galileo adoption. The project is dedicated to GNSS industrial cooperation between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the downstream market. The project offers various services, including industry matchmaking and international cooperation events, and has permanent teams in Europe, India, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
Another example of successful international EGNSS cooperation is the MAGNIFIC project. The core aim of MAGNIFIC (Multiplying in Africa European Global Navigation Initiatives Fostering Interlaced Cooperation), which was funded in the Horizon 2020 1st Galileo call, was to demonstrate the benefits of EGNSS to African stakeholders. The project focused in particular on six priority markets: road, aviation, maritime, precision, agriculture/environment protection, civil protection and surveillance, and LBS.
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Last chance before Horizon Europe
Horizon 2020 will draw to a close in 2020, but there is still time to take advantage of the opportunities for international cooperation in the final EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020 Call. This Call, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened on 5 November.
Dealing with the development of new innovative applications fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection and with a brand new topic tailored to public authorities, this is the last Horizon 2020 Call before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe.
For more information on the final EGNSS market uptake call, click here. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.
Do you need support in getting in touch with non-EU partners? We can help, as we have particularly active links with:
- UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia
- Northern African countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
- South Africa
- ASECNA countries
- Israel, Lebanon, Jordan
- Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldavia
- South America: Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay
- Central America: Mexico, Costar Rica, Panama
- Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan.
- Australia, New Zealand.
We would be happy to discuss with you, contact us at RESEARCH@gsa.europa.eu!
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