Through its latest Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for proposals, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is seeking Galileo and EGNOS-enabled applications to meet the evolving needs of various market segments.

The new call for proposals focuses on two main activities:

  1. The development of innovative Galileo and EGNOS enabled applications in different market segments; and
  2. Raising awareness about and building capacity for European GNSS.

The aim of the first activity is to support the market uptake of European GNSS both in Europe and beyond. Proposed applications should leverage the differentiators of EGNOS and Galileo systems, including multi- frequency capability, high accuracy, authentication services, and better accuracy for single-frequency users. Proposed applications should have a commercial impact that will help foster green, safe and smart mobility, along with digitisation. Applications should also support societal resilience and contribute to environment protection.

The second activity is dedicated to the development of EGNSS competences. Proposals should focus on raising awareness and providing opportunities for creating networks of industrial relationships. Applications that facilitate international cooperation are also encouraged.

Overall, these two activities will maximise the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS. They will also support the European GNSS industry by contributing to its growth and competitiveness and by creating jobs and public benefits. 

The deadline for applications in all categories is 5 March 2019.

The topics of the call are the following:

EGNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility

The main focus is on those applications that will lead to low emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance transport solutions able to respond to society’s increasing mobility needs. For example, within the aviation, road, maritime and rail sectors, this could include applications relating to advanced navigation, connected cars, vessel navigation or autonomous trains.

The indicative budget for this topic is EUR 10 million.

EGNSS applications fostering digitisation

Proposals should foster digitisation and integrate such digital technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and robotics. Specifically, funds will be awarded to those proposals that facilitate the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets, encourage the competitiveness of the European GNSS industry in mobile applications, and maximise public benefits by addressing such societal challenges as health, citizen safety, mobility and regional growth. Preference will be given to those applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features like multipath resistance and authentication. Secure financial transactions, tracking solutions, augmented reality and commercial LBS are all examples of mass market applications that integrate digital technology.

The indicative budget for this category of applications is EUR 4 million.

EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment

The main focus of this topic is on protecting the environment and promoting societal resilience through applications that support the wellbeing of EU citizens and emergency and disaster management. For example, search and rescue, surveying and mapping and efficient agriculture can all benefit from these types of applications. More specifically, as emergency and disaster management applications become increasingly important, they should integrate different sensors and position sources to better identify, locate and react in critical situations.

Successful proposals in this category will leverage Galileo and EGNOS differentiators in order to both increase effectiveness and reduce costs.

The indicative budget for this category of applications is EUR 4 million.

Awareness, networks and international cooperation

As it is more important than ever to raise awareness about E-GNSS competencies across EU Member States and Associated Countries, this call aims to support building industrial relationships by uniting private and public institutions around EGSS services. Proposals within this topic should support the competitiveness of EU industry by identifying strategic partners and developing market opportunities, promote incentive schemes and encourage the emergence of new downstream applications based on Galileo and EGNOS.

The indicative budget for this category of applications is EUR 2 million.

More information on the call is available here.

Source: the European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Illustration Photo: Galileo in smartphones. Copyright ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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