Horizon 2020 igniting new European GNSS applications

Horizon 2020 opportunities for European GNSS (EGNSS) applications development

The Horizon 2020 Call 'Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal' with an overall indicative budget of € 983 million. The submissions are now closed. #EUSpace and its community of entrepreneurs and innovators have a key role to play in it, integrating space intelligence into the services and applications that will support Europe and the achievement of the Green Deal ambitious goals.

European GNSS programmes


The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. It augments the positioning signals provided by the United States’ GPS global navigation satellite system and makes them suitable for such safety critical applications as flying aircraft or navigating ships through narrow channels.

Consisting of three geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations, EGNOS achieves its aim by transmitting a signal containing information on the reliability and accuracy of the positioning signals sent out by GPS. It allows users in Europe and beyond to determine their position to within three metres, compared with about 17 metres for GPS. Since its launch in 2009, the EGNOS open service has been improving GPS accuracy and providing an integrity function to numerous users. Already, 70% of commercial receiver models are EGNOS-compatible, with applications being developed in the road, rail, aviation, maritime, agriculture, search and rescue, mapping, timing and synchronisation and location based services (LBS).

To find out more about EGNOS.?


The Galileo programme is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. Galileo will be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.

To find out more about Galileo

Updated: Jan 28, 2021