EGNSS and Copernicus applications fostering the European Green Deal
User-oriented solutions building on environmental observation to monitor critical ecosystems and biodiversity loss and vulnerability
Data and technologies for the inventory, fast identification and monitoring of endangered wildlife and other species groups
End-to-end Earth observation systems and
Digital, Industry and Space
The expected outcomes of this topic will enable flexible satellite Earth-observation end-to-end systems, including the ground segment subsystem with explicit aspects of ground control centres and operations, as a strong subject of the “new space” and a very dynamic market environment with high potential
Adress one area of R&I:
– R&I on end-to-end systems (enhanced end-to-end system autonomy or accelerating AIT processes for small/medium series production)
– R&I on observation payload, addressing technologies and concepts for detectors and sensors, radar and optical (including IR/night capabilities)
– R&I on scalable, automatable, flexible and resilient multi-mission solutions for ground segment
– Maintain the worldwide leadership for Earth Observation system by 2028
– Short to medium term disruptive development and maturation of key technologies for high performance Earth-observation
– Contribute to EU non-dependence for the development of Earth-observation technologies
– Ground segment that meets the increased demand for data rates and volumes, satellite constellations, higher frequencies, multi-mission data with increased needs for data fusion, AI techniques and infrastructure security
– A European demonstrator mission by 2026-27, showcasing EU technologies in preparation of an IOD/V
End-to-end satellite communication systems and associated services
Digital, Industry and Space
The expected outcomes of this topic will enable flexible end-to-end satellite communication system (including both space and ground segment) with high productivity and growing data and service requirements. Security aspects should be considered in all targeted developments
Adress one area of R&I: – R&I on secure quantum communications through the development of components for quantum satellite communication systems as well as of space technology components and systems necessary for Quantum Key Distributions (QKD)
– R&I on ground segment, infrastructures, protocols, development of virtual network and application functions as well as networks including end-user terminals and equipment considering the handling of a range of new needs providing scalable and resilient solutions while reducing costs
– Capture 50% of global accessible Telecom satellite market by 2028
– Showcasing a secure, flexible and competitive end-to-end-system aiming a ground
demonstrator by 2026/27
– Full inclusion and utilisation of satellite communication in 5G/6G network
– Short to mid-term disruptive development and maturation of key technologies (up to
TRL6) for high performance and secure communication systems – Support the EU space policy and end-to-end secure communication by paving the way
for the deployment of a future EU secure and global quantum satellite communication
capacity – Contribute to EU non-dependence for the development of quantum communication
technology in space
– Enhance the TRL to 5-6 of the components necessary to build a quantum satellite
communication capacity using EU technology in preparation of an IOD/V
Enhanced assessment of disaster risks, adaptive
capabilities and scenario building based on
available historical data and projections
Civil Security for Society
Research & Innovation Action
The assessment of disaster risks requires different types of actions ranging from soft measures to technologies. Simulation-based risk and impact assessments represent an effective approach to make science understandable to decision makers and streamline national to local mitigation/adaptation actions
Specific risk assessments should be decision- or demand-driven and informed by scientific evidence, and there is a clear need to translate the results to ensure they are relevant, usable, legitimate and credible from the perspectives of the users. Co-design, co-development, co-dissemination and co-evaluation engaging the intended end users represent in this sense key features of improved risk, resilience and impact assessments
– Innovative exposure and vulnerability analysis methods
– Maximising usability through a service-oriented approach
– Enhanced exploitation of monitoring data and satellite/remote sensing information aswell as artificial intelligence to improve high-level assessment
– Evaluation of existing disaster risk and resilience assessment and scenarios
Enhanced integrated assessment in pursuit of
global climate goals
Climate, Energy and Mobility
Research & Innovation Action
Under the Paris Agreement, Parties to the UNFCCC have to pursue policies and measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including by preparing and implementing successive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) towards the Agreement’s objectives. By 2025, countries are expected to produce new NDCs covering the post-2030 period, informed during the 2022-23 period by the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC and the Paris Agreement Global Stocktake.
– Provision of information for the preparation of climate policies and national planning for the post-2030 period, in light of the Paris Agreement goals and the need to reduce global net greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
– Enhanced international cooperation among the modelling community and other relevant stakeholders to expand the provision of robust in-country advice to decision-makers around the world.
– Enhanced mutual learning among the modelling, social science and policy communities to ensure coherence between different tools used to inform climate action, and consistency with the best available and open science.
– Ensure that Integrated Assessment Models enable the assessment of Paris Agreement-compatible mitigation policies to which policymakers around the world have access.
– Deliver advice and insights that can inform climate action and sustainable development policy design, including biodiversity preservation, at global and national level, based on the best available science.
– Support comparability of model results e.g. between national and global scenarios, and between Integrated Assessment Models and other models used to inform climate action at different geographical scales.
-Identify milestones, drivers and barriers towards achieving climate neutrality in an economically and environmentally responsible and socially inclusive way, including where appropriate by examining implementation of previous or existing climate policies.
-Consider the role of major sectors including energy, water, transport, industry and land use, as well as the sequence of individual, social, economic, structural, and technological changes that could lead to climate neutrality.
-Support the use of model-based and data/driven analysis for climate-policy in the context of sustainable development and recovery from the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Share best practices and build capacities to support the production of national scenarios and to inform domestic stakeholders during and after the lifespan of the action.
Enhanced security and management of borders,
maritime environment, activities and transport, by
increased surveillance capability, including high
altitude, long endurance aerial support
Civil Security for Society
Border and coast guards, as well as other security practitioners, require capabilities to monitor wider areas beyond the EU external borders in order to prevent, detect and react to crime, including that crossing external borders, illegal border crossings and/or smuggling at the border regions of the EU and of the Schengen area. This applies to all border contexts – land, sea and air – but it may be specifically useful in the maritime domain, and these capabilities could also have a strong impact on other maritime security-related tasks beyond border control
– reach advanced capability levels concerning detection, identification and tracking, including long endurance, persistence,
reliability, and wide coverage
– have multi-tasking capabilities and be able to respond to a variety of needs and situations, including but not limited to environmental incidents, search and rescue needs, illegal migration and cross-border crimes
– offer cyber and physical security, be able to operate in groups/clusters, be highly autonomous, and offer increased endurance, taking into account better energy efficiency and cost-efficiency
– Increased surveillance capability compared to the state of the art
– Improved performance and/or safety, including better detection, classification and tracking capabilities, cyber and physical security, better cost-efficiency, better autonomy, lower visual and acoustic signatures
– Improved multi-tasking capabilities to respond to a variety of needs and situations in the surveillance of border and maritime environment