Other GNSS Funding Resources

The list below provides you with some of the main funding sources that are accessible in Europe for Research and Development in GNSS. Information is listed in alphabetical order.

  • COST is a unique means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own? ideas and new initiatives across all fields of science and?technology through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.
  • EU grants, delivered within the framework of multiannual funding programmes managed by the European Commission to support transnational projects. Main characteristics of these projects are the innovation of state of the art, the non-profit rule and the presence of a partnership between actors from several EU Member States. Given the multiple uses of GNSS, different EC directorates might publish call of proposals in which GNSS might play a role
  • European Angels Fund (EAF) The European Angels Fund (EAF) is an initiative advised by the EIF, which provides equity to Business Angels and other non-institutional investors for the financing of innovative companies in the form of co-investments.
  • European Space Agency (ESA), which is funding direct research and development activities, with the purpose of giving rise to commercial products and services. As a general rule, participation in ESA R&D actions is open to all firms and has a European dimension. The main instrument of funding is public procurement.
  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) are the European Union's main investment policy tool. The ESIFs aim to deliver a critical mass of investment in key EU priority areas, to respond to the needs of the real economy by supporting job creation and by getting the European economy growing in a sustainable way.
  • Eurostars is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs. It is co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries. Eurostars aims to stimulate research-performing SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.
  • Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, running 2014 to 2020 aimed at implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative.
  • Loans from the European Investment Bank, delivered to investments of high European interest in several areas. Various finance facilities are available for SMEs, especially for R&D, risk capitals, guarantees. Most of the funds are accessible through local intermediary banks appointed by the EIB.
  • Regional funds, delivered through Structural Funds. These funds are allocated by the EU to the Member States and regions in order to fund local projects aiming at increasing territorial cohesion. The Structural Funds depend on regional operational programmes, and they are managed by regional authorities. These funds are particularly interesting for investments in infrastructures.
  • Tenders (public procurement), finalised to the signature of public contracts for pecuniary interest between economic operators and contracting authorities in order to obtain the supply of movable or immovable assets, the execution of works or the provision of services. All calls for tenders (EU institutions and Member States administrations) are published daily on the TED portal.
  • The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) supports trans-European networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy.


European Platforms

Updated: Jun 13, 2018