November 26, 2015

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s research and innovation programme covering the 2014-2020 period. It got underway on 1 January 2014, succeeding the 7th Framework Research and Development Programme (FP7).

The Horizon 2020 programme has been allocated €79 billion for 2014-2020 to support institutions, higher education and research bodies and companies working to advance research and innovation. It is devoting €1.4 billion of this budget to space. Horizon 2020 covers the full innovation spectrum from conception to market and supports commercialization of research results and firms’ creative endeavours.

Calls for proposals are regularly posted on line on the programme’s website. As the coordinator of the Space National Contact Point (NCP) for France, CNES is helping the national space community to benefit from the opportunities this European programme offers.

CNES informs potential project proponents about Horizon 2020 funding opportunities and in some cases contacts SMEs likely to be interested. It then accompanies them where needed throughout the process, either giving counselling and advice or participating fully in the consortium. For example, it can help them to find partners in other European nations. CNES’s objective is not to coordinate but to help French industry, SMEs and research centres to put together winning projects.

In 2014, out of 10 projects in which CNES was involved, 7 were selected by the European Commission:

The European Commission issued the Space Work Programme for 2016-2017 at the end of September 2015.