H2020 Applications in Satellite Navigation – Galileo – 2017 Call now open

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08 November 2016
With a budget of EUR 33 million for the 2017 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 1 March 2017.


To maximise the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS, the third Horizon 2020 call focuses on the development of user-oriented, downstream applications. Priority is also given to projects capable of stimulating the competitiveness of the European GNSS downstream industry.

Specifically, the call addresses four European GNSS topics, three within Innovation Action (IA) and the fourth in Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).

GALILEO-1-2017: EGNSS Transport applications (IA): Covering the aviation, road, maritime and rail market segments. Proposals should be built on:

  • Exploitation of the EGNSS signals and operational advantages;
  • Implementation of EGNSS based pilot projects and end-to-end solutions;
  • Standards, certification, legal and societal acceptance;
  • Exploitation of synergies with other positioning and navigation systems and techniques.

GALILEO-2-2017: EGNSS mass market applications (IA): Applications that foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in such mass markets as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Emergency Services and Commercial and Social LBS. Proposals should make the best use of European GNSS’ features that improve performances in urban environments; multi-constellation, fusion with other positioning techniques; Authentication services of Galileo and techniques to optimise the power consumption.

GALILEO-3-2017: EGNSS professional applications (IA): Maximising EGNSS differentiators in such professional segments as agriculture, surveying and mapping, timing and synchronisation and other professional applications. For all the professional areas, the development should be built on:

  • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6;
  • Galileo signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC;
  • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo,
  • Fusion with other data, such as from earth observation satellites or other in-situ sensors.

GALILEO-4-2017: EGNSS awareness raising and capacity building (CSA): To support the building of industrial relationships, the competitiveness of EU industry and the creation of incentive schemes in order to develop market opportunities and foster the emergence of new downstream applications.

As small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the development of innovative GNSS applications, this call encourages SMEs and entrepreneurs to apply.

Note:  UK legal entities are eligible to participate and receive fundiing in Horizon 2020 actions.

The scope of this call does not include proposals addressing applications relating to the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

The details

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from this third call will be managed by the GSA per the delegation agreement with the European Commission.
All applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSS programmes. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those European GNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. Proposals should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

The H2020-Galileo-2017-1 Call opened on 8 November 2016 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 1 March 2017, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). All applications are evaluated by the external experts at GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation.

For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission Participation Portal.

H2020 Space Information Days

As was highlighted at a recent H2020 Space Information Days, held 4 – 5 October in Prague, the first two calls of H2020-Galileo received 194 proposals from 1,409 applicants, with over EUR 65 million awarded to 40 projects. Already these projects are delivering tangible results, with four patents granted, 20 advanced prototypes produced, two products nearing market readiness and 223 scientific papers published.

With the application period happening in parallel with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, its role within this call was a topic of particular interest. According the GSA, applications should have a special focus on using Initial Services and the real Galileo signal. It was also noted that, when possible, projects should aim to leverage the synergies between GNSS and Copernicus.

Over 200 attended the two day workshop, which included detailed descriptions of the four topics, networking opportunities and success stories from the first two calls. Attendees were also able to ask questions about the submission, financial and evaluation processes.

Presentations can be found here.

Useful Resources for Preparing Your Application

Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
General information on H2020-Galile0-2017-1
H2020 Online Manual
H2020 Proposal Submission User Manual
Proposal Template
Business Plan Template
Galileo and EGOS R&D App
GNSS Projects’ Portfolio
Presentations from H2020 Information Day


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Updated: Dec 08, 2022