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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to contribute at European level, in conjunction with Member States and ESA, to the safeguarding and further development of a competitive and entrepreneurial space industry and the strengthening of European non-dependence in space systems.

Priorities and funded actions:

This call for proposals is divided into 6 TOPICS

* TOPIC 1: Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness
Reinforcing the capacity of Europe to  have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology

* TOPIC 2: Independent access to space
Supporting research into breakthrough technologies to  provide access to space which are complementary and in synergy with the on-going work undertaken by Member States and the European Space Agency to develop solutions for  affordable and reliable launcher capabilities

* TOPIC 3: Bottom-up space technologies at low TRL
Enhancing the European RTD investment in the field of very low-TRL technologies

* TOPIC 4: Space exploration – Habitat management
Using ISS to the fullest extent for optimising and broadening the scientific, technological and operational return of Europeans investments.  ISS should also be further used as a test-bed for the preparation of future ventures as well as for enabling overall scientific and technological progress and provide benefits to  citizens

* TOPIC 5: Scientific exploitation of astrophysics, comets, and planetary data
Allowing the European astrophysics community to make the best possible use of astrophysics missions by supporting space astronomy observation proposals, using archived data, and making  comparisons (including calibrations) between different missions, instruments, and  between space and ground-based data. Likewise in comets research the challenge will be  to allow the European astronomy community to make the best possible use of the current  European mission to a comet (Rosetta), in combination with information from international (e.g. NASA, JAXA) missions and ground-based telescope observations

* TOPIC 6: International Cooperation in space science
Harnessing diverse range of  competences spread among universities, research institutes, and space agencies in different countries in the world in view of  establishing a coordinated authoritative position in the planetary protection research  field.

<u> Among financed actions </u>
– Networking, experts meetings
– Workshops resulting in recommendations for  further action and guidelines for future missions are part of the effort