Horizon 2020 igniting new European GNSS applications

Horizon 2020 opportunities for European GNSS (EGNSS) applications development

The fifth call for APPLICATIONS IN SATELLITE NAVIGATION-GALILEO is now closed. Evaluation results are expected to be communicated in July 2020.

With a budget of EUR 70 billion for the period 2014-2020, the H2020 programme provides opportunities for the development of new applications (apps) for use with EGNOS and Galileo in different market segments. 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 fifth call addresses the development of applications in Satellite Navigation (Galileo and EGNOS enabled apps) and EGNSS awareness raising. 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:

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, search and rescue, mapping, timing and synchronisation and location based services (LBS).

To find out more about EGNOS


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.

To find out more about Galileo

Updated: Mar 16, 2020