Horizon 2020 igniting new European GNSS applications

Horizon 2020 opportunities for European GNSS (EGNSS) applications development

The third call for APPLICATIONS IN SATELLITE NAVIGATION-GALILEO was closed on 1 March 2017. With a budget of EUR 70 billion for the period 2014-2020, the H2020 programme provides opportunities for the development of applications (apps) for use with EGNOS and Galileo. The EGNSS applications are part of the programme’s Space Theme, having synergies with such societal challenges topics as transportation, maritime, agriculture, energy and climate change.

The third call addressed concrete solutions and applications in the GNSS market segments. There are four topics aimed at supporting innovative applications, products, feasibility studies and market tests that can have a substantial impact on the European innovation know-how and economy:


In total, there were 78 proposals submitted:

Topic    Proposals submitted
GALILEO-1-2017    35
GALILEO-2-2017    13
GALILEO-3-2017    22
GALILEO-4-2017    8


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European GNSS programmes


The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. It augments the positioning signals provided by the United States’ GPS global navigation satellite system and makes them suitable for such safety critical applications as flying aircraft or navigating ships through narrow channels.

Consisting of three geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations, EGNOS achieves its aim by transmitting a signal containing information on the reliability and accuracy of the positioning signals sent out by GPS. It allows users in Europe and beyond to determine their position to within three metres, compared with about 17 metres for GPS. Since its launch in 2009, the EGNOS open service has been improving GPS accuracy and providing an integrity function to numerous users. Already, 70% of commercial receiver models are EGNOS-compatible, with applications being developed in the road, rail, aviation, maritime, agriculture, mapping and Location-Based Services (LBS) sectors.


The Galileo programme is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. Galileo will be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.

Galileo currently has four satellites in orbit, with the first position fix with successful results made in March 2013. In the coming months, new satellite launches will increase the size of the constellation, with Early Services starting in late 2014. Galileo will provide such global added-value services as Open Service, Commercial Service, Search and Rescue, and Public Regulated Service.

Updated: Apr 28, 2017