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Are you looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities for a project idea in the field of Space?

Find here, among the many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, civil society and innovators, the programmes relevant to your project. 


I.  HORIZON 2020 - R&I Funding 

Horizon 2020 is the 2014-2020 EU funding programme for Research and Innovation. It covers the whole research and innovation value chain, from large-scale international collaborative research projects to smaller projects with an objective of market and societal impact. 

Horizon 2020 is implemented through biannual work programmes, setting all the calls for proposals and the topics for funding. Every year calls for proposals are open for these pre-defined research and innovation topics.

Call for proposals from the SME instrument and Fast track to innovation scheme set 3 to 4 cut-off dates per year.


Under Horizon 2020, Space stakeholders are addressed mostly in the Work Programme in the pillar "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" (LEIT): 

  • LEIT - Space” (Earth observation, Copernicus, Galileo, GNSS, Competitiveness of European Space Sector)

The European Commission has published the Guidance Documents for the 2017 H2020 Space calls for proposals. Find them here.” 

Space applications have cross-sectorial impact on various relevant areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure planning and protection, disaster management and climate action including natural catastrophes. 

Space is Calls for proposals from other Horizon 2020 pillars might be of interest for the space sector, in particular:


Did you know that you could have opportunities within other areas? For calls for proposals from other societal challenges that might be of interest for the health sector, please check the SYNERGIES here.

For other specific instruments please see our section SMEs : Menu EU Funding >> SMEs


The Space sector will also find funding opportunities in the pillar "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" (LEIT) and in particular in the work programmes related to the following sectors:

 LEIT Nanotechnologies and advanced materials




EUROSTARS is a transnational funding scheme from the EUREKA Programme. Its aim is to help “R&D performing SMEs” whatever the sector to get their innovation faster to the market and lead international R&D projects. You can contact INNOVIRIS for more information. EUROSTARS-2 is open to all sectors.

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CLEAN SKY 2 Joint Technology Initiative (JTI)

Clean Sky 2 is the European aeronautical research programme. It is a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and the industry, managed by the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking (CSJU) until 31 December 2017. The programme will issue three types of call: Calls for Core-Partners, Calls for Proposals (or “Calls for Partners”), and Calls for Tender. 

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SESAR Joint Undertaking (JU)

In 2007, the SESAR JU was set up in order to manage the large scale international public-private partnership which coordinates and concentrates all EU research and development (R&D) activities in ATM.

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