Earth observation for EU Research and Innovation.

17 January 2017

Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - banner
Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - banner

Transform bright ideas into action, with financial assistance from the European Commission. Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme taking ideas from the lab to the market. Participation is open to all 28 EU member countries as well as associated countries including Armenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and since 1 January 2017, Switzerland is once again a full participant. A number of opportunities relating to Copernicus Earth observation data and information  are currently open.

EO Big Data Shift, calls for proposals exploiting Big Data to a downstream service industry. Activities are expected to address the adaptation of big data technologies to Copernicus users and trigger new commercial initiatives. The aim is to provide information without having to build up storage and processing capacities through Big Data activities to bridge the gap between Earth observation and information technology sectors.

Successful proposals will complement ICT and research infrastructures to address generic challenges in the area of data mining, open linked data, web ontology and digital earth. Activities should solve EO Big Data challenges, in particular data management and usage activities. Activities are expected to use open processing standards, rely on open source software and ensure that users do not have to deploy their own storage and processing facilities.

Proposals should be in the range of EUR 1-2 million. The deadline is 1 March, 2017.

Africa Remote Sensing, is a call for proposals to make agricultural production in Africa more predictable by using Earth observation assets, including through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and Copernicus programmes. Food supply projection and agricultural risk assessment for Africa require information from both remote and in-situ Earth observation systems on environmental and weather conditions, climate change, crops and livestock.

The action should lead to substantially increasing the use of Earth observing capabilities and supporting application systems to produce timely, objective, reliable, and transparent crop and livestock production projection, at the national and regional level for the African continent. It should support the GEOGLAM and AfriGEOSS initiatives, relevant aspects of the EU's development policy and build on outcomes of EU projects stimulating innovation for global agricultural monitoring – such as SIGMA.

Large proof-of-concept actions at pan African scale should foster participatory approaches to collecting relevant information and data, taking advantage of the growing number of mobile communication devices owned by African citizens. The participatory approaches should build on widespread women’s engagement in agricultural production and food supply. Proposals are expected to strengthen collaboration between EU and African organizations for food production and contribute to SDG 2, End Hunger.

Proposals should be in the range of EUR 10 million. The deadline is 14 February, 2017.

Climate Services, is a call for proposals to exploit the added value of climate services to improve decision making, minimize risks and costs and seize opportunities. Climate services have the potential to transform data, information, model output and related methodologies into customised services and products that mainstream climate change into decisions and actions at all levels. Proposals should Address areas where climate services show potential for being developed from climate service concepts to piloting and proof-of-concept. Increasing the added value of climate services relies on matching the demand for services and the competences in the field. However, the availability of data, information and services does not always correspond to users' needs. This action should involve both suppliers/purveyors and users to co design pilot applications for climate services with high added-value in potential markets.

Proposals should be in the range of EUR 5 million. The deadline is 7 March, 2017.

CSA on Citizens' Observatories

Citizens’ observatories are community-based environmental monitoring and information systems using apps on your phone. This kind of Earth observation data collection is at an early stage and there is a need to create a citizens’ observatories knowledge base in Europe across disciplines to promote best practices, avoid duplication, ensure interoperability, create synergies and facilitate uptake by environmental authorities.

This action should ensure the delivery and uptake of in-situ data and information coming from citizens observatories through GEOSS and Copernicus.

The project should result in improved coordination between existing environmental citizens observatories, expanded geographical coverage; wider dissemination and uptake of efficient information and data management strategies; increased opportunities for businesses; better awareness of the importance of citizens’ observatories by environmental and disaster risk managers and lead integration of citizens’ information in GEOSS for Europe.

Proposals should be in the range of EUR 1 million (this does not preclude proposals requesting other amounts). The deadline is 7 March, 2017.

Actions on In-situ

Accurate and high resolution environmental monitoring cannot be achieved by remote sensing alone. There is a need to improve the in-situ component of GEOSS and the EU Copernicus programme to collect relevant data to cover observation gaps, calibrate and validate remote-sensing data and deliver Earth Observation services, including monitoring variables. However, in-situ observing and monitoring systems can be bulky, expensive and power-hungry.

This proposal should develop new in-situ Earth observation systems taking advantage of new technology and enable a breakthrough - so measurements can be performed using low energy sensors and communications systems. Research and innovation may include citizens’ observatories, disposable sensors and the use of unmanned platforms. The project may take into account the research outcomes from programmes of the European Research Council, the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and the European Metrology Research Programme.

Projects should fulfil international standards for measurement quality and interoperability and should link to GEO Initiatives: GEOGLAM, GEO BON, GFOI, GMOS, AfriGEOSS and Blue Planet; as well as to Copernicus services. Proposals are encouraged to include the participation of SMEs to facilitate the development of innovative systems.

Proposals should be in the range of EUR 4-5 million. The deadline is 7 March, 2017.



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