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SST & STM system architecture and evolutions

Grant
HORIZON-CL4-2024-SPACE-01-52-SST-AE
Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action
01/10/2024
01/03/2025

EUSST system architecture engineering & evolutions: the analysis of the EU SST system architecture needs to continuously progress to evaluate how the system has to evolve at medium and long term, not only at network level (type, performance, number, geographical localisation… of assets) but also at data processing and at services level.

(to be developed)

-Foster European cooperation in the SST domain and improve the EUSST performance towards larger autonomy.
-Highlight and propose solutions to fill the gaps in the current EUSST architecture.
-Pave the way on which the EUSST system has to evolve towards a higher level of performance (e.g. accuracy; number / size of catalogued objects…), quality of service (e.g. timeliness of information…) and autonomy.
-Demonstrate the complementarity, coherence and added-value of each element of EUSST system towards a more autonomous, interoperable SST system.

HORIZON-CL4-2024-SPACE-01-55-SST-SD
Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action
01/10/2024
01/03/2025

The topic “SST Networking, Security & Data sharing” aims to support the upgrade, development and security issues of EUSST infrastructure based on the European network of assets (sensors, operation centres, front desk …)

(to be developed)

-SST networking of sensors & operation centres (EU SST network Command & Control)
-Research on EUSST network hardening against external threats

HORIZON-CL4-2024-SPACE-01-54-SST-SP
Digital, Industry and Space
Innovation Action
01/10/2024
01/03/2025

Due to the increased number of objects (both active and debris) to be handled, as well as the evolution and inclusion of services in the future, R&I activities are necessary in the sensor domain, both for radiofrequency (e.g. passive ranging, radars, etc.) and optical sensors (e.g. telescopes, innovative wide field optical sensors, lasers). New promising technologies like sensors based on the use of infrared will also be considered.

(to be developed)

-Supporting the upgrade and development of on-ground assets, in particular radars and telescopes as well as data processing
-SST radiofrequency & optical sensors (radars, telescopes…) technological research & innovation
-SST data processing research & innovation (e.g. Artificial Intelligence…)

CNECT/2023/OP/0019
Digital, Industry and Space
€0.2 Million
Other
24/05/2023
05/07/2023

The study has the following specific objectives:1. to provide an objective qualitative and quantitative assessment of the implementation of the Union’s current 2 GHz MSS framework, to give an overview of the 2 GHz MSS spectrum usage and services offered. The analysis should pay special attention to any divergences that may have arisen in implementation at national level;2. to outline current state of play as well as developments and trends in the broader satellite connectivity market globally (e.g. new entrants, services, orbits, mergers), the competitive landscape, the drivers at EU level and globally and the role of the EU players;3. to outline possible usage scenarios for the 2 GHz spectrum after 2027, in line with relevant EU policies and programmes, including the Digital Decade targets and upcoming Secure Connectivity programme.

Scope:

-Assess implementation of EU’s 2 GHz MSS framework, focusing on national-level divergences.
-Analyze global satellite connectivity market, including new entrants, services, orbits, mergers, and competitive landscape.
-Identify drivers at EU and global levels and the role of EU players.
-Outline potential usage scenarios for 2 GHz spectrum post-2027, aligned with EU policies and programs (Digital Decade targets, Secure Connectivity Programme).

Topics:

-Take stock of the implementation of the regulatory framework and state of play of the use of the 2 GHz frequency band for MSS in the EU
-Overview of the larger satellite connectivity market
-Examination of the link between the satellite space license and the national spectrum usage rights and general authorisations
-Outlook on the use cases for the 2 GHz frequency band

HORIZON-CL4-2024-HUMAN-02-34
Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Coordination and Support Action
03/04/2024
10/09/2024

Building on the three existing NCP networks of Cluster 4 ‘Digital, Industry and Space’, proposals should facilitate trans-national co-operation amongst National Contact Points (NCPs), encouraging cross-border activities, sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants. Given the importance of human-centric approaches in this cluster, the proposal should attract new types of player to the cluster, for instance social innovation players, makers and youth associations. Appropriate expertise from social sciences and humanities (SSH) should be included.

Scope:

-Enhanced and professional NCP services in Europe’s respective thematic areas would support access to Horizon Europe calls, lower entry barriers for newcomers, and improve the overall quality of proposals
-Facilitation of entry by new players in projects within thematic areas
-Foster matchmaking activities to link up potential participants from widening countries with emerging consortia in this thematic area
-Increase cooperation of NCPs with the Enterprise Europe Network

Topics:

-Develop specialised services covering different thematic areas of the cluster, drawing on the expertise of the predecessor networks
-Improved cohesion of the services in the three thematic areas of Digital, Industry and Space, with a single entry point and common visual identity
-Share good practices across thematic areas, and enhance opportunities for collaboration across the cluster

HORIZON-EUSPA-2023-SPACE-01-44
Digital, Industry and Space
€8 Million
Innovation Action
01/10/2023
01/02/2024

Proposals should identify, design and create applications leveraging the items for the first generation of Galileo. Applications should address the governmentally authorised user communities and scenarios for which the technical, operational and security related features requirements of PRS Service constitute barriers to entry.

-Critical infrastructure management and security
-Law enforcement

-Develop the use cases for authorised civilian users based on the added value of PRS service
-Develop the PRS applications targeting civilian users by leveraging PRS technology
-Build on top of previous exploratory activities and lessons learnt on the development of PRS items by stimulating the corresponding downstream PRS uptake
-Foster an EU-level cooperation of industrial entities for the development of authorised PRS applications

EDF-2023-RA-SPACE-PSA
Digital, Industry and Space
€25 Million
Other
15/06/2023
22/11/2023

Considering the increasing threats and hazards towards space-based capabilities, crosscutting functions and technologies should be developed for better efficiency, safety and resilience of core missions such as space-based Earth observation, positioning navigation and timing, space situational awareness and missile early warning. One of these crosscutting functions should address resilience and passive protection of space assets, in particular local protection and the ability to detect and identify threats.

Scope:

-Addressing concerns on space system architecture and layout

-Complementing activities under previous EDIDP calls

Topics:

-Consolidating the potential threats against space assets and technological solutions to address them, studying, selecting and further designing the most promising ones and developing the associated roadmap and technological building blocks

-Inclusion of passive or active optical sensors, radar sensors, on-board processing, technologies for manoeuvers, and other protection solutions against identified threats including interference, directed-energy weapons and other physical attacks.

HORIZON-CL6-2024-BIODIV-01-5
Digital, Industry and Space
€4 Million
Research & Innovation Action
17/10/2023
22/02/2024

In line with the European Green Deal priorities, in particular with the EU biodiversity strategy 2030 and the 2030 Climate Pact, successful proposals will develop knowledge and tools to understand the role of transformative change for biodiversity policy making, address the indirect drivers of biodiversity loss, and initiate, accelerate and upscale biodiversity-relevant transformative changes in our society

– Operational knowledge and understanding of transformative change
– Improved and innovative governance tools and policy mixes that can effectively initiate, accelerate and upscale such biodiversity-relevant transformative changes in our society
– Help understanding the impacts of and the opportunities offered by digital transformation, use of data and sensors, emerging technologies such as AI and robotics and social innovation on biodiversity
– Proposals should look at key indirect drivers of biodiversity loss
– Proposals should generate knowledge on how to tackle biodiversity loss linked to technological and social innovation, which includes digitalisation
– Proposals should produce case studies on what transformative change means in practice and a collection of good and failed examples of developing and implementing policy tools, best practices and instruments, and on impacts of digitalisation
– Proposals should develop methodologies to assess the impacts of their proposed solutions on policy and its decision making
– This topic should involve contributions from the social sciences and humanities disciplines, as well as social innovation
– The proposals should build their analysis upon the synergies of multiple Sustainable Development Goals
– Proposals should include specific tasks and allocate sufficient resources to develop joint deliverables

– Foresight on society well-being based on realistic assumptions on careful use of natural capital and analysis of the consequences in terms of economic growth

– Evaluation of feasibility and limits of decoupling economic activities from natural capital use

– Knowledge and understanding of the transformative changes needed to address the indirect drivers of biodiversity loss

– Operational knowledge available to, and used by policy-makers, on indirect drivers of biodiversity loss that are underpinned by societal values and behaviours, and on the transformative changes that are necessary to tackle these indirect drivers
– Improved and new systemic, sustainable policy mixes and governance approaches

– Methods and tools promoting win-win solutions for biodiversity and socio-economic objectives

– Approaches to facilitate the application of such methods and tools are identified and used, while factoring in societal and political processes

– A better understanding of the impacts on, risks and opportunities for biodiversity of digital transformation

– Identification and assessment of how system-level change affecting biodiversity through social innovation happens

– Testing active intervention by R&I policy and sector policies

HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-02-01
Digital, Industry and Space
€113 Million
Coordination and Support Action
25/04/2023
28/09/2023

Twinning aims to enhance networking activities between the research institutions of the widening countries acting as coordinators and top-class leading counterparts at European Union level by linking it with at least two research institutions from two different Member States or Associated Countries. Therefore, building on the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practice between research institutions and partners. Twinning actions intend to help raise the research profile of the institution from the Widening country as well as the research profile of its staff including a special focus on strengthening the research management and administrative skills of the coordination institution from the Widening country.

Twinning proposals should have to clearly outline the scientific strategy for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in a defined area of research and innovation as well as the scientific quality of the partners involved in the twinning exercise. This scientific strategy should include arrangements for formulating new (or ongoing) joint research / innovation project(s) in the scientific area of choice and describe how Twinning will take this research to a new stage, by enlarging its scope and/or the research / innovation partnerships.

Topics:

-Improved excellence capacity and resources in Widening countries enabling to close the still apparent research and innovation gap within the European Union
-Enhanced strategic networking activities between the research institutions of the Widening countries and at least two internationally-leading counterparts at European Union level
-Raised reputation, research profile and attractiveness of the coordinating institution from the Widening country and the research profile of its staff
-Strengthened research management capacities and administrative skills of the staff working in institutions from the Widening country

HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-02-02
Digital, Industry and Space
€27 Million
Coordination and Support Action
25/04/2023
28/09/2023

As regards the Twinning Green Deal, climate change is the biggest challenge and the European Green Deal considers it is an opportunity to build a new economic model. The European Green Deal set the blueprint for this transformational change. All 27 EU Member States committed to turning the EU into the first climate neutral continent by 2050. To get there, they pledged to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This will create new opportunities for innovation and investment and jobs. It includes research and innovation actions related among others, to transport, industry, energy, buildings’ ecological efficiency, nature and health protection, boosting global climate action.

Scope:

-Outline the scientific strategy for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in a defined area of research and innovation
-Strengthening the research management and administration skills of the coordinating institution from the Widening country
-Development of a comprehensive strategy that should include some of the following: short-term staff exchange, expert visits, workshops, conferences attendance, organization of joint summer school type activities
-Illustrate quantitatively and qualitatively the expected potential impact of the twinning exercise within the coordinating institutes

Topics:

-Improved excellence capacity and resources in Widening countries enabling to close the still apparent research and innovation gap within the European Union
-Enhanced strategic networking activities between the research institutions of the Widening countries and at least two internationally leading counterparts at European Union level
-Raised reputation, research profile and attractiveness of the coordinating institution from the Widening country and the research profile of its staff
-Strengthened research management capacities and administrative skills of the staff working in institutions from the Widening country

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HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-02-01
Digital, Industry and Space
€113 Million
Coordination and Support Action
25/04/2023
28/09/2023
HORIZON-MISS-2023-OCEAN-01-05
Digital, Industry and Space
€12 Million
Innovation Action
17/01/2023
20/09/2023

Proposals will address the complex dynamic of energy consumption and energy efficiency of small fishing vessel fleets and their related operations. Activities should also address good practices in fisheries management allowing fish stock to grow, which will lead to an increase in catch per unit effort and result in fuel consumption reduction per unit of catch. Close cooperation between the fishing community, researchers and other stakeholders is a crucial requirement to ensure that solutions and technologies are suitable for and acceptable by the end-users and economically viable for (often) very small fishing enterprises.

-Identify a set of suitable innovative and sustainable solutions, technologies and practices to be tested, validated and demonstrated in real conditions to reduce emissions and fuel consumption of small fishing vessels (12-15 meter), to increase energy efficiency in on board fishing operations and comply with EU regulatory frameworks

-Enhanced implementation European Green deal objectives and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
-Reduced fuel consumption and emissions from small fishing vessels and improved energy efficiency in related operations as well as noise pollution
-Accelerated renewal of fleets of small fishing vessels
-Increased users’ choices and responsible user behaviors
-Improved monitoring and understanding on the impact of small-scale fishing fleets on climate change and marine biodiversity

HORIZON-MISS-2023-OCEAN-01-09
Digital, Industry and Space
€2 Million
Coordination and Support Action
17/01/2023
20/09/2023

The objective of the CSA is to prepare the development of the inland waters part (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, snow and ice etc.) of the Mission Knowledge system, and address activities to be developed to make it integrated or interoperable with the Digital Twin Ocean for a unified Digital twin of Ocean and waters for the Mission and the lighthouses.

-Address the various facets of fresh water systems from static knowledge to dynamic monitoring of runoffs, hydrology, hydrodynamics, biogeochemistry to biology, interactions with soils and seas, for climate purposes, water management or natural disasters (e.g. flood, drought) etc.
-Address different scales from catchment to global perspectives of the water cycle

-Inventory and prioritisation of EU/cross-boundary or international policies (WFD but not only) and topics to be addressed by the knowledge system on inland waters including principles of interfacing with national meteorological services duties including for climatology
-Inventory of current actions and projects (including European and National research projects and Research Infrastructures) ongoing to get access and further develop inland water monitoring (from observations to forecasting or projections) that goes beyond the duties of the national meteorological services
-Digital service portfolio relevant for a digital twin on inland waters -Roadmap for the integration of existing assets and development of necessary digital functionalities in a digital twin for inland waters, aligned with the Destination Earth and EU data spaces initiatives

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-01
Digital, Industry and Space
€12 Million
Research & Innovation Action
17/01/2023
20/09/2023

Subsoil refers to the horizons immediately below the topsoil. In the past, this layer has often been neglected as most land management practices (e.g. tillage, cover crops) are focused on the topsoil. The same goes for the availability of spatial datasets on soils at both national and EU-scale. However, the subsoil can have a large impact on a soil’s potential productivity and supply of ecosystem services. It is estimated for example that plants extract between 10 and 80% of their nutrient and water requirements from the subsoil. Also, subsoils play a key role in the carbon cycle: globally, subsoils store two times more soil organic carbon than the uppermost 30 cm.

-Identify drivers and pressures on the subsoil that impair a range of soil functions and ecosystem services as well as on subsoil degradation and identify indicators to assess changes in soil ecosystem functioning
-Develop tools and methods for risk assessment as regards subsoil degradation
-Identify existing as well as develop and test sustainable management practices to improve subsoil conditions (e.g. water retention, nutrient provision, habitat for soil biodiversity, carbon storage) and minimise soil disturbances
-Establish robust methods to spatially assess and monitor the state of subsoils and improve data collection. The long-term storage and access to subsoil data should be done in close collaboration with the European Soil Observatory (EUSO)

-Improved access to data and knowledge on the spatial variations in the chemical, physical and biological conditions and dynamics in subsoils for land managers and public authorities to support the development of sustainable management practices and financial and policy incentives
-Enhanced access and deployment of sustainable management practices to improve the protection, sustainable management and restoration of subsoil in agricultural and forest soils and to increase relevant soil-dependent ecosystem services such as the provision of food and fibre or the enhancement of soil biodiversity
-Improved understanding of the role of subsoil in climate change adaptation and mitigation, e.g. regarding carbon and water storage

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-02
Digital, Industry and Space
€6 Million
Research & Innovation Action
17/01/2023
20/09/2023

The complexity of soil presents major challenges with regard to the modelling of soil processes. Past efforts have been limited to specific aspects such as individual ecosystem services rather than providing a holistic understanding of soil dynamics including physical, chemical, and biological processes and the interlinkages between ecosystem services. In addition, advances in modelling offers new opportunities to predict the delivery of ecosystem services.

-Improve existing and develop and test new soil models that allow for better and easier integration and reduced uncertainty of soil-related (physical, chemical and biological) processes
-Integrate soil processes modelling for ecosystem services quantification
-Ensure inter-operability between existing databases and integration into Destination Earth and the European Soil Observatory
-Develop specific user cases for soil modelling, e.g. large-scale soil erosion modelling, towards the integration of local sustainable soil management practices or catchment or field scale modelling of nutrient exports (surface-subsurface-groundwater components)

-Enhanced modelling capacity of soil-related processes under Destination Earth
-Enhanced access to comprehensive soil relevant knowledge and data for a wide range of stakeholders and more informed decision making processes related to soil management and policy through relevant data provided by digital modelling of soil processes
-Improved sustainable soil management practices based on an increased understanding of soil-related processes, their synergies and their interlinkages with ecosystem services
-Increased understanding of soil responses to practices under different land uses, climate extremes, dry and rewetting and land cover dynamic at various scales

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-03
Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Innovation Action
17/01/2023
20/09/2023

Onsite digital technologies are emerging in food production and have the potential to detect and eliminate threats to food safety. Similarly, digital applications, such as remote imaging and sensing can be used to monitor nutrients and pollutants in soil and help assess how these threats are e are transmitted to food. There is a need to improve the development and application of digital tools (incl. light-based applications) in primary production and food industries and boost their technological upscale as a means to address more effectively the soil-food nexus.

-Identify challenges to the upscale of existing digital technologies (incl. light-based technologies) related to the soil-food nexus
-Advance and/or develop innovative digital technologies and AI incl. light-based methods/models/tools and remote sensing, including exploratory modelling for calibration and prediction, to identify nutrients (e.g. C, N, P, K) and pollution which have a bearing on food quality and safety
-Explore and mobilize the potential of digital technologies in improving soil management practices (i.e. targeted fertilization, soil remediation) and demonstrate practical applications in relation to food quality and safety
-Improve knowledge on the use of remote sensing methods for the identification and assessment of contaminated soils and their risks for food quality and safety

-Increased availability of effective onsite digital tools (e.g. light-based technologies, remote sensing) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor the presence of nutrients and micro-nutrients, pollutants and pathogens in soil and food in various production phases of post-harvested food grown in soils
-Improved in-field detection of soil parameters leading to better food nutritional composition or posing a risk to food safety
-Digitalised European food industry through a more effective application of technologies including light-based technologies
-Advanced technological solutions are available to estimate polluted (e.g. pathogens, heavy metals) or nutrient surplus soils