Carrying out R&D activities in the Space sector strongly depends on international collaboration, even more than in other areas. For this reason, Horizon 2020 consortia include industry players as well as SMEs, universities and research centres located in the different Member States. Every year, these stakeholders present a significant number of project proposals which require an essential investment of resources. Although relevant and positively evaluated, a large part remains unfunded due to the lack of funds.
SME4SPACE proposes three possible financing mechanisms to overcome this issue: we look forward to your input.
The three mechanisms follow the Virtual Common Pot approach, already in use in the frame of other programmes funded by the European Commission (i.e. ERA-NET). Countries and regions pay for their participants, without involving transnational flows of national funding. No cross-border financing is allowed.
NEREUS is supporting SME4SPACe to gather intelligence on this topic. The results of the analysis will be presented at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), in October 2018 in Bremen.
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