The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness
What is H2020?
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
What is SRC?
Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) is an element of H2020 to support ideas to the market. The SRC “In-space Electrical Propulsion and Station-Keeping” aims between others, to provide a clear integrated roadmap of activities and a master plan for its coordination and implementation
What is EPIC?
The “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness” (EPIC) is the one project for the Electric Propulsion SRC.
Electric propulsion has been identified by European actors as a strategic technology for improving the European competitiveness in different space areas such as in-space operations and transportation. The European Commission has set up the “In-space Electrical Propulsion and Station-Keeping” Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) in Horizon 2020 with the goal of enabling major advances in Electric Propulsion for in-space operations and transportation, in order to contribute to guarantee the leadership of European capabilities in electric propulsion at world level within the 2020-2030 timeframe, always in coherence with the existing and planned developments at national, commercial and ESA level.