European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Industrial Leadership

Space 2018-2020


Other information:

European Innovation Council (EIC) prize: "Low cost Space Launch"

The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit, which will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit. The budget for this prize includes EUR 10 million, of which EUR 5 million come from the "Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies -Space" Work Programme and EUR 5 million from the "Access to Risk Finance" Work Programme.

Details of the European Innovation Council (EIC) prize: "Low cost Space Launch" can be found in part 17 of the Work Programme "Towards the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot".

InnovFin Space Equity Pilot (ISEP)

To help improve access to risk finance for innovative enterprises in the space domain, ISEP will invest in venture capital and other risk-capital funds focused on innovative SMEs and small midcaps that aim to commercialise new products and services linked to space data and space technologies. The budget for this pilot includes EUR 6 million from the 2018 budget, EUR 7 million from the 2019 budget and EUR 7 million from the 2020 budget.

Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

Low (< 4) and mid (4-9) TRL are only mentioned in the context of the topics under "Space technologies, science and exploration", which support generic and mission-oriented R&D technology to address non-dependence and competitiveness of the European Space industry. Proposals should address the given TLR and classify the expected results according to the TRL scale.

Please consider:

The three year Work Programme 2018-2020 is particularly complex in terms of funding objectives, funding schemes, proposal submission procedures and deadlines.

In addition to the Work Programme "Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Space", the other Work Programmes under Horizon 2020 should be consulted for further topics which relate to the call and research priorities of the Space sector.

All information on the call, the detailed call description and important guidance for applicants in the "Horizon 2020 Grants Manual" are available online on the Participant Portal and should be read carefully. Topics, rules for submission (budgets, deadlines, funding schemes) as well as information on the evaluation procedure are available in the General Annex of the Work Programme.

Please note that a prior registration at ECAS via the participant portal is necessary to submit a proposal.