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Meeting report: Horizon 2020’s space programes

Horizon 2020's space programmes are open for business. Funding Insight editor Rebecca Hill reports from an information day designed to connect researchers and businesses to enable them to access the €1.47 billion available over 7 years.

The UK government wants to increase the country’s share of the global space market to £40bn a year by 2030. The latest figures show turnover of £11.3bn for 2013-14, so there is still some way to go. With the best part of €1.5bn (£1.16bn) on offer over 7 years through Horizon 2020’s work programmes for space, researchers are being encouraged to get on board.

Lee Boland, the European space technology business partner at the UK Space Agency, kicked off the Horizon 2020 space information day, hosted by Innovate UK’s Space Knowledge Transfer Network and held at the British Library on 9 December, by acknowledging that the UK’s goal could not be met using only national resources.

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