Space in European Research & Innovation: Think out of the 'space' box!
Space research and innovation is an inspiring subject – addressing the human instinct for knowledge and exploration. On the other hand, it is also very relevant to the needs of society as a whole: think of earth observation, satellite navigation systems and communications. This trend is increasing thanks to the recent commercialisation of the space sector – the so-called 'new space'.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has produced a detailed analysis of how the space sector can contribute to the various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Earth observation and satellite navigation systems are obviously key elements for both monitoring and achieving the different goals, e.g., SDG 13 "Climate Action". But countless other space technologies can, to a greater or lesser extent, contribute to some of the SDGs. For concrete examples of how space projects positively contribute to life on earth, check the dedicated ESA website.
Space is a specific thematic area addressed by the European Research & Innovation Framework Programmes. However, because of the cross-cutting nature of space technology, opportunities can be found in many other thematic areas as well – one should, so to say, 'think out of the space box'. In Horizon 2020, the European Research Council grants, for instance, support many excellent space-focused, science-intensive research projects. Many space-related SMEs have also profited from funding from Phase 2 of the European Innovation Council's Accelerator Pilot. And in the Societal Challenges, space researchers and innovators can certainly find funding opportunities in many areas such as Climate, Energy or Mobility.
Another exciting upcoming opportunity is the "Green Deal" call, which the European Commission will officially open in September. Here also there are certainly lots of projects to which space technology could contribute, helping to achieve the transition towards a climate-neutral continent.
And of course we are looking forward to Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020. While many details are yet to be defined, it is already confirmed that space will be included in a “Digital, Industry and Space” cluster, which will foster even more cross-disciplinarity and provide even more funding opportunities for the space research and innovation community.
In short: space is increasingly becoming part of the world’s economy and society. Because of this, it will play a vital role in the achievement of the SDGs and will be more and more present across all areas of the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. This is very good news for our planet and for the space research and innovation community!
Matthew William Whellens, National Contact Point
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