The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the official National Agency to support industrial research, development and innovation in Austria. The FFG is wholly owned by the Republic of Austria, represented by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).

The FFG was founded on 1 September 2004 (pursuant to the FFG Act on establishing a research promotion agency, Federal Law Gazette I No. 73/2004). As a provider of funding services, however, the FFG also works for other national and international institutions.

As national funding agency for applied research FFG operates a total national budget worth more than 500 Mio. EUR. More than 40 national research promotion programmes enable quick access to research funding services for companies operating in all business sectors, including subsidiaries of foreign industrial groups but also for universities and researchers.

FFG operates five main kinds of programmes:

  • General Programmes support high-quality bottom up industrial projects open to all fields of technology and free of constraints through tender submission deadlines.
  • Structural Programmes optimize the structures of the Austrian innovation system by developing new forms of co-operation, building know-how and improving competencies in science and economy.
  • Thematic Programmes set national thematic priorities and optimize and standardize the processes of implementation (e.g. ICT, material and production, energy and environment, mobility, security and human resource programmes).
  • European and International Programmes are the center of competence and the “hub” as regards encouraging participation in international research and development activities (e.g. HORIZON 2020).
  • FFG also incorporates an Aeronautics and Space Agency, which implements the Austrian aeronautics and space policy and represents Austria in the main international bodies in this field.

FFG has furthermore been engaged to perform certain procedures in the context of the research premium on behalf of the Ministry of Finance. R&D meeting international standards poses major financial challenges to companies and research institutions. For this reason, Austria has reduced the risk of investments. As of the beginning of 2011, the research premium for expenditures relating to in-house R&D as well as contract researcher was raised from eight to ten percent, thus further improving conditions underlying corporate innovations. Companies are legally entitled to this research premium. FFG carries out expertise for individuals or legal entities claiming the research premium, a tax benefit for R&D activities in Austria. Domestic and foreign companies profit from the research premium.

Sensengasse 1, 1090 Vienna, Austria
The National Contact Point for Space in Austria is Mr. Hans Rohowetz, Tel: +4357755 4303, (hans(dot)rohowetz(at)ffg(dot)at)



Learn more about Belgium’s Space Competencies: Country Poster (PDF, 0.7MB)

Federal level

Scientific and Technical Information Service (DWTI-STIS)

EUROFED is the service of the DWTI-STIS that gathers the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Belgian federal government. Our aim is to inform federal research institutes and other federal actors about Horizon 2020. More concretly we inform our clients about the latest developments in the framework programme, help them finding suitable project partners or joining a consortium, support them in preparing a project proposal and give feedback on their project proposals.


The National Contact Point for Space in Belgium/ Federal level is Mr. Kristof Vlaeminck,  +32 (0)2 238 37 42, kristof(dot)vlaeminck(at)

Brussels Capital Region, the Brussels Enterprise Agency, hosts NCP Brussels, the National Contact Point helping organisations (companies, SMEs, universities, research centres, etc.) of the Brussels Capital Region to access EU funding for Research and Innovation. The support covers all stages of the project: before project submission (identification of the right funding line, building of the consortium, proofreading of the proposal), during project implementation (legal and financial advice) and after to enhance results exploitation.


The National Contact Point for Space in Belgium/ Brussels Capital Region is Ms. Anna Casagrande, +32 (0)2 800 00 50, aca(at)impulse(dot)irisnet(dot)be

Flemish region

 Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)


Koning Albert II-laan 35, 1030 Brussel, Belgium

The National Contact Point for Space in Belgium/Flanders is Mr. Nico Deblauwe, Tel: +32 2 432 43 00, (ndb (at)iwt(dot)be)



Walloon region

NCP Wallonie


The National Contact Point for Space in Belgium/ Walloon region is Mr. Florian Carré, +32 (0)10 47 19 61, florian(dot)carre(at)ncpwallonie(dot)be



Within COSMOS there are two partners from Bulgaria:Solar-Terrestrial Influences Laboratory of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (STIL-BAS)carries out fundamental and applied research in the field of solar-terrestrial physics, in-situ and remote investigation of geoSpace, planets and interplanetary Space, optical atmosphere research and Space biology. The scientific activities of STIL-BAS bear closely on the general BAS scientific priorities and on large national and international scientific programs and projects in the field of solar-terrestrial influences.

The Laboratory contributes to the development of hardware and software products for scientific instrumentation onboard rockets, satellites, planetary probes and manned Space flights. Scientific teams from STIL-BAS participate in data and image processing and interpretation as well as in modelling of physical processes in solar-terrestrial influences. Remote sensing facilities: Remote sensing and in-situ techniques and equipment for studying of geoSpace and planets including research of energetic and polarization characteristics of emitted and reflected radiation from natural formations on the land and ocean surfaces and the atmosphere in the VIS, NIR and radio ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, development of multichannel spectrometric and imaging spectrometric systems, data and image processing and application of multichannel data and images in different scientific and applied fields. Scientific staff – 80 persons: 1 academician, 14 professors and associated professors, 35 researchers and 30 persons support staff.

ReSAC (Remote Sensing Applications Center) is a non-profit, RTD organization and was established in 1998 with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN in the frame of the project TCP/BUL/8922. Until 2004 ReSAC was a Department in Bulgarian AeroSpace Agency (BASA), later in Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration. Since the end of 2005 ReSAC is an independent juridical body.Main task of ReSAC is to develop and transfer knowledge and know-how in RS/GIS applications to agricultural and environmental management, land cover/land use, soil and forest inventory, water resources, environmental hazards, fast track services, disaster management, urban planning, etc. ReSAC is an Observer member of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – EARSC from 2005.ReSAC collaborates very actively with JRC, EURIMAGE, SPOT Image, EUSI, GEOSYS, etc.The most important ReSAC projects in the area of Land cover/Land Use, Control of Agrosubsidies with Remote Sensing /CwRS/, Establishment of Land Parcel Identification System /LPIS/, Digital Orthophoto Map Preparation /DOP/, National Concept for the Information and Management of Forest Fires, Fast Track Service /FTS/ (as a value-added organization in the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” CHARTER Call 132 – Danube Oil Spill) and Voice Technology Development are funded by JRC, EC/FP6 and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.ReSAC is a service provider in the area of fast track mapping mainly to State Agency for Information Technology and Communications (SAITC), Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration (ASDE) and other public Bulgarian organizations.



In line with set goals, in March 2006, the Government of the Republic of Croatia founded the Croatian Institute of Technology (HIT) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MZOS). It is a leading national institution.HIT is aimed at strengthening education, research and innovation (the ‘knowledge triangle’) integrating the contributions of a range of participants to create a unique structure the ‘knowledge community’.

The primary mission of the HIT is the support and promotion of commercialisation of technological projects as well as support of close collaboration between the scientific community and economy.One of the goals of the Institute is developing international cooperation in the areas of technological operations, participation in the implementation of EU programmes and the development of the technology foresight and business intelligence systems, an impact will be made on the creation of a new economic structure based on top level knowledge application and a positive synergy of the economy, science, technology, and the general public.The Croatian Institute of Technology is involved in few FP6 projects, in different thematic priorities. Some projects which were under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports have been transferred on the Croatian Institute of Technology.




RPF – Research Promotion Foundation is a non-profit private foundation with public mandate located in Cyprus. It was founded in 1996 by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to serve as the national agency for the promotion of scientific and technological research.

The RPF has developed a number of activities which fall into two broad categories:

(a) the design, launching, funding and monitoring of national research programmes, and

(b) the promotion of the participation of Cypriot researchers in European research programmes and international organisations (EU Framework Programmes, European Cooperation in Science and Research (COST), Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Science Foundation (ESF), EUREKA). It is also responsible for the implementation of bilateral agreements on R&D.

The RPF has the overall responsibility for the coordination of activities relating to the Horizon 2020 Programme (as it has been doing since 1999: 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes). It coordinates the network of National Contact Points and representatives of Cyprus in the various Programme Committees, provides information, organises information days and provides advice and customised assistance to researchers. The RPF has also been actively involved in a number of EC funded projects. The RPF acts as the Cypriot EURAXESS Bridgehead Organisation and hosts Cyprus’ EURAXESS Services Centre, a member of the European EURAXESS Network. It is also member of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

123 Strovolos Avenue, 2042, Strovolos – Nicosia, CYPRUS

The National Contact Point for Space in Cyprus is Mr. Pierantonios Papazoglou, Tel: +357 22 20 5048 (ppapazoglou(at)research(dot)org(dot)cy)


Czech Republic


The Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Technology Centre) established in 1993, promotes industrial utilisation of research and development, provides a wide spectrum of technology transfer services and stimulates creation and growth of small innovative businesses. The Technology Centre is the focal point of national information infrastructure for the EU Framework Programmes, acts as the National information centre (NICER) for EU FPs, provides targeted, programme-specific information, advice, assistance and training for the Czech R&D community, and organises awareness events.

The Technology Centre is involved in preparation of strategic studies focused on RTD and innovation. The Technology Centre prepares conceptual documents for the state administration and its advisory bodies. It coordinates national and regional projects on identifying research priorities, strategic research directions, preparation of research and innovation policies and innovation strategies. The Technology Centre is the host and co-ordinating organisation of the Czech Innovation Relay Centre (CIRC) and of the Czech Liaison Office for R&D (CZELO) which is based in Brussels where it represents Czech research community and provides the Czech research institutions with the targeted and updated information on the possibilities of being involved in international research consortia.The Technology Centre has been cooperating with foreign partners on international projects in the field of strategic studies for the EC, European Parliament, United Nations Organization for Industrial Development and Joint Research Centre of the EC.

Ve Struhách 1076/27, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic


The National Contact Point Space in Czech Republik is Ondrej Mirovsky, tel: +420 2 34 006 255,





Archimedes is an independent body established by the Estonian government in 1997 with the objective to co-ordinate and implement different EU programs (FP-s, LLL, Youth) and projects in the field of training, education, research, technological development and innovation. It has a permanent staff of 60, working in two offices located in Tartu and Tallinn, the main educational and research centres of Estonia.

Among other responsibilities Archimedes organizes higher education accreditation and research evaluation in Estonia and belongs to the European Network of National Information Centers on Academic Recognition and Mobility. Archimedes is also a member of the Innovation Relay Centres and of the National Academic Recognition Information Centers network. Archimedes is the implementing body for the Estonian research information system (

Archimedes has an excellent track record of co-co-ordinating and implementing numerous international projects, 53 of them since 1997. Being a part of R&D and innovation systems in Estonia and one of the institutions responsible for implementation of research related acquis, Archimedes was/is closely involved in the implementation of various new measures supporting the European Research Area.




Founded in 1961, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s Space Policy in Europe. Its task is to invent the Space systems of the future, bring Space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to Space.CNES is a pivotal player in Europe’s Space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe’s competitive edge. It conceives and executes Space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes—the key to any  far-reaching Space policy.The agency’s more-than 2,400-strong workforce constitutes an exceptional pool of talent, with some 1,800 engineers and executives, 35% of whom are women. They work in four sites: Paris (headquarters), Evry (launchers), Toulouse (orbital systems), and the Guyana Space centre in Kourou (launch base).Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on:- access to Space – civil applications of Space – sustainable development – science and technology research – security and defenceIn FP6, CNES has been co-ordinator for 2 projects and participant in 19 projects coordinated by major Space companies in France and Europe. In FP7, the French National Contact Point organization for the Space work programme is coordinated by CNES and comprises individuals from public bodies and companies involved in the major themes addressed by the work programme.






TEKES – The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (established in 1983, under the Ministry of Economy) is the main financing organization for applied and industrial R&D and Innovation in Finland. The primary objective of Tekes is to enhance the competitiveness of Finnish industry and the service sector.

The funding aims to diversify production structures, increase exports, and create a foundation for employment and societal well-being. Tekes coordinates the participation in international initiatives, including European Union’s research programs, EUREKA, IEA (International Energy Agency), COST (European Cooperation in Scientific and Technical research), European Space Agency (ESA) and Nordic cooperation.

Technology and innovation programs are used to promote development in specific sectors of industry, and to pass on results from the research work to business. The programs offer a framework for international R&D cooperation. In 2015 Tekes’ financing for national and international R&D programs was 430 million euros. Some 20 million euros was provided for ESA programs and national space activities.



Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Kyllikinportti 2, Länsi-Pasila, Helsinki, Finland

Post address:
P.O.Box 69
FIN-00100 Helsinki, Finland



The National Contact Point for Space for Finland is Mr.Pauli Stigell, Tel: +357 50 5577 856,








The Hungarian Space Office manages and co-ordinates the Hungarian space activities, representing members of both the scientific community and space industry. Originally established in 1992 as a government office, in 2010 the HSO became a department in the newly created Ministry of National Development.

The HSO is in charge of conducting and coordinating the international space activities of Hungary, which include cooperation with international and intergovernmental organisations like ESA, the UN, and the EU. It aims to foster all kinds of cooperation in the field of space research and industry in order to strengthen the capabilities and competitiveness of the domestic space sector. Several Hungarian space research and industrial success stories have taken place with the assistance of the HSO, most notably in the field of earth observation, telecommunications, dosimetry (including devices on board the ISS), as well as material and life sciences.


Fő utca 44-50, 1011 Budapest, Hungary

Mailing address: PO box 1. 1440 Budapest, Hungary



The National Contact Point for Space in Hungary is Mr. Viktor Szabó, Tel: +36 1 795 7584 (viktor(dot)szabo(at)nfm(dot)gov(dot)hu)


F.Y.R.O.M (Macedonia)




DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

More information on the activities of the Natinal COntact Point for Space at DLR can be found at DLR’s NCP Webpage.



Space Administration, Koenigswinterer Str. 522-524, 53227 Bonn, Germany


National Contact Point for Space in Germany are: Tel.: +49 228 447 + corresponding extension:

Dr. Claudia Lindberg   -380    claudia(dot)lindberg(at)dlr(dot)de

COSMOS2020 Coordinator
Dr. Adrian Klein   -213     adrian(dot)klein(at)dlr(dot)de
Frauke Lindert -536 frauke(dot)lindert(at)dlr(dot)de
Barbara Jiménez  -302    barbara(dot)jimenez(at)dlr(dot)de
Stefanie Odermatt -379 stefanie(dot)odermatt(at)dlr(dot)de





The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation of a top-level research foundation worldwide. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, focuses on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering and Mediterranean Studies.

PRAXI Network, a distinct administrative unit operating within FORTH, has been established since 1991 as a strategic partnership of the industrial and research worlds in Greece (FORTH, SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and FING – Federation of Industries of Northern Greece). PRAXI Network’s mission is to guide and assist Greek enterprises and laboratories in pursuit of competitiveness by forging sustainable links between research and industry, via the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as transnational cooperation. Its services are extended from information to mediation, and include advisory support covering the whole spectrum of innovation related activities, namely research collaboration, technology transfer, intellectual property and commercial exploitation of research results.

8 Kolokotroni str, 105 61 Athens, Greece

The National Contact Point for Space in Greece is Mr. Constantine Karamanis, Tel: +30 210 36 07 690, (karamanis@help-forward(dot)gr)



RANNIS – The Icelandic Centre for Research

Rannís reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture with the purpose of providing professional assistance in the preparation and implementation of science and technology policy in Iceland.

Its main functions are

Operation of the financial support system for research and technological development.
Provision of services and information to the Council for Science and Technology Policy and its sub-committees.
Coordinating and promoting Icelandic participation in collaborative international projects in science and technology.
Monitoring resources and performance in R&D, evaluating the results of scientific research, technological development and innovation.
Promoting public awareness of research and innovation in Iceland.
Rannís serves the Icelandic science community across all areas of science and the humanities.



Borgartún 30, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland



The National Contact Point for Space in Iceland is Mr. Viðar Helgason, tlf. +354 515 5800,





Enterprise Ireland incorporating the former roles of Forbairt, the Irish Trade Board and the in-company training activities of FAS was established by the Government in 1998.  As the Irish Government’s business development agency it reports to the Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment.  Its mandate is to assist the growth of Irish enterprise by providing locally controlled businesses with a single, integrated source of development advice, funding and support services.  The Irish FP7 National Support Network is managed by and located at Enterprise Ireland.  It is the prime source of information for Irish organisations on FP7.

Enterprise Ireland also manages industrial and technology development programmes relating to Space activity on behalf of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment. The International Science & Technology Department, within Enterprise Ireland, promotes ESA programmes in Ireland to its client base.Enterprise Ireland also works extensively with the Irish research community and other state agencies to maximise the flow of technology from the research environment into new and existing Irish companies.To assist Enterprise Ireland in achieving it’s objectives it draws on the expertise of staff located throughout a network of 33 international offices worldwide.




APRE is a non-profit research organisation, created upon the joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission in 1989, and grouping together more than 100 members, including both public and private research centres, industries, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, science parks and more than 50 universities, with the main objective to promote the participation in national and European RTD programmes. APRE received in 2001 the Quality Certification for its Project, Training and Promotion activities regarding research programmes (ISO EN 9001:2000). During its 25 years of experience APRE has been participating in several projects (about 100) co-financed by the European Commission (DG Research, DG Education and DG Enterprise).

APRE has a long-lasting experience in the EC Framework Programmes, which has started in the FP3, and that has continued during the subsequent ones (FP4, FP5 and FP6). In the Seventh Framework Programme and in Horizon 2020, APRE has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission as host organization of the Italian National Contact Points for all the themes and sectors in H2020. APRE is also member of the Enterprise Europe Network helping SMEs to make the most of the European marketplace.

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Via Cavour, 71 – 00184 Roma, Italy

Tel. +39 06 48939993, Fax. +39 06 48902550



The National Contact PointS for Space in Italy are:





ISERD is  the Israel – Europe R&D Directorate is an inter-ministerial directorate, established by the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ISERD is operated through the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, and is Israel’s official contact point (NCP) with the EU, for all the activities of the FP.

ISERD Promotes the participation of Israeli entities in R&D ventures within the European Research Area.


  • Promotes cooperation between Israel and Europe in thematic and/or Bi-National Programs
  • ISERD’s representatives participate in the EU FP’s management committees
  • Acts in the institutions of the various R&D programs in Europe
  • Has an extensive network of contacts with similar agencies in Europe
  • Assists in Partner Searches
  • Assists throughout proposals submissions process

ISERD operates through various programs:

  • The EU Framework Program for R&D (HORIZON 2020)
  • Programs co-funded by National and EU funds
  • EUREKA for industrial R&D Cooperation
  • Bi-National programs for industrial R&D Cooperation
  • Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) for SMEsContact:



29 Hamered St., Tel Aviv, 4th Floor, Israel


The National Contact Point for Space in Israel is Ms. Nili Mandelblit, Tel: +972-3-5118120,  ( and Mrs. Dikla Lankry-Timnah, Tel: +972-3-5118191, ( )


Learn more about Israel’s Space Competencies:
Country Poster (PDF, 1.2 MB)



Riga Technical University (RTU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher engineering education in Eastern Europe. At present RTU with about 17800 students serves the needs of rapidly growing industry of the Baltic region. The Institute of Materials and Structures (IMS) has about 30 years experience in the field of modelling, analysis and optimisation of advanced composite materials and structures. In connection with it considerable experience and proven expertise in this field, IMS (RTU) extensively have participated in European research on 5th and 6th Framework Programme participating in total of 15 research projects starting from the year 1998.




Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is the main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania.

MITA provides free of charge services for clients from business, science and public sectors, interested in possibilities to develop strong cooperation relations with international partners and get financial support for research and innovation projects.

The main activity is the coordination of national activities and international programmes (HORIZON2020, EUREKA, EUROSTARS) of research, technological development and innovation and other financial schemes (innovation vouchers, protection of industrial property rights). MITA provides national financial support for projects participants.

MITA also promotes business and science cooperation, commercialization of research and protection of intellectual property rights.



A.Gostauto 12-219, 01108 Vilnius, Lithuania



The National Contact Point for Space in Lithuania is Dr. Viktoras Mongirdas, Tel: +370 5 2644 704, viktoras(dot)mongirdas(at)mita(dot)lt)














The NCP-PL closely co-operates with the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the European Commission and other key partners, both in Poland and abroad. The main task of the NCP-PL is to disseminate the information and to help Polish innovating research teams in active participation in EU Framework Programmes, through training, aid and consultancy, partner search service as well as promoting the international cooperation and encouraging to create multi-partner project consortia. The NCP-PL has extensive experience in organizing events to promote Framework Programme(s) and securing the attendance of researchers and research administrators and managers. The NCP-PL has organized: FP6 Launching Conference (2002, accompanied by the Ministerial Meeting, attended by nearly 2000 persons) and FP7 Launching Conference (2006, attended by nearly 1300 persons).

The NCP-PL plays also a role of Mobility Centre, NCP for Joint Research Centre and INTAS Programme. Moreover NCP-PL is a training centre for implementation of structural funds in the RTD sector. The staff of NCP-PL (50 employees) consists of highly qualified people with scientific background and with knowledge of European Programmes. The NCP-PL budget is covered mainly by resources of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the complementing funds are provided by the EC.T he NCP-PL has its own experience in participation in more than 30 research projects carried out in FP4, FP5 and FP6, for example: IDEALIST-EAST (FP4), POLNET, POLDA, Fellows for Industry, Partners for Life, IDEAL-IST, Train-Net, CEeB, NAS2CALL, NETCEE, DONQPOL (FP5) and CEAF, CERA (INCO, co-ordinator, FP6), NBCC (INCO, co-ordinator FP6), HUNPOL-TRANS, PRO-NMS (co-ordinator FP6), QUALITYMEAT, STEF-NANO-ACC (co-ordinator, FP6), ERANIS (INCO, co-ordinator, FP6).NCP-PL has put many efforts in further extending its cooperation with neighbours from Central and Eastern Europe.  NCP-PL has supported the creation of a network of FP6 information points under the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.



National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU (Krajowy Punkt Kontaktowy Programów Badawczych UE); Krzywickiego 34; 02-078 Warszawa; Poland



The National Contact Point for Space in Poland is Mr. Piotr Świerczyński, tel: +48 22 828 74 83, piotr(dot)swierczynski(at)kpk(dot)gov(dot)pl



GPPQ – Gabinete de Promoção do Programa Quadro

GPPQ is the National Office for Promotion of the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Program (H2020). GPPQ is owned jointly by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) and Ministry of Economy (ME).

GPPQ represents Portugal in H2020 related fora and committees, nominates and coordinates the activities of delegates and NCPs, disseminates information on opportunities and rules, promotes and supports the participation of scientific and business communities in H202 and follow the activities of the European Technology Platforms and Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI).

Space Activities:

The national Space delegation (delegates, experts and NCPs) follow the ativities of the H2020 Space and the SST Committees, coordinate positons with the national ESA Office and partipate in the working groups of the Copernicus, Galileo and SST programmes.



Av. D. Carlos I, 126, 4º, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

The national contact point for Space in Portugal is Ana Sutcliffe
Tlf: +351 210 103 065, ana.sutcliffe[at]


Learn more about Portugal’s Space Competencies:
Country Poster (PDF, 1MB)
Portuguese Space Players Profiles (PDF, 13MB)



ROSA is an independent public institution – legal person fully self-financed, organized by the Government Decision no. 923/1995 and defined by Law no. 500/2002. The main mission of ROSA is to promote, coordinate and develop aeronautical and Space research and applications programs/projects in Romania and to represent the Government in relevant international cooperation agreements and in the relation with the European Space Agency and acts as the head of delegation for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer SpaceROSA develops its own research and development projects and centres.

The ROSA Research Centre has been established in 1998 and is developing since 2000 as a centre of excellence. In the research area, ROSA has 20 specialists covering fields as: aeronautics, physics, remote sensing and biology. More than 55% of the developed projects are in international cooperation, ROSA having government agreement with ESA, CNES, NASA, etc. Knowing the importance of the gender issue for R&D Programme it is worth mentioning that in the ROSA’s research activities are involved 10 women.ROSA is the contract authority for the National Aeronautics and Space R&D Programme (2001-2006) – Ministry of Education and Research and also for the National Security R&D Programme.ROSA participated in FP6, in projects like START, AirTN, Researchers’ Night, DonQ Air.

As contract authority and PMU, ROSA is in permanent communication with most of the organizations – research and development, universities, industry, NGOs involved in aeroSpace and security activities. ROSA is organizing, on a current basis, workshops, seminars and annual national conferences on Space and aeronautics to evidence the progress of the programme. The ROSA website is functional and updated on a regular basis. IN FP6, professionals of ROSA were members of the AeroSpace Programme Committee, and were assigned as the Romanian AeroSpace NCP. Within FP7, Professionals from ROSA are members in ‘TRANSPORT- including Aeronautics’, ‘SECURITY’ and ‘SPACE’ Programme Committees and they are also the Romanian NCPs for these themes.






The SCSTI is the national information centre for science, technology, innovation and education and specialized scientific library of the Slovak Republic. It coordinates activities and ensures the operation of interdisciplinary R&D centres and national infrastructures for research, development, innovation and education. SSTIC is also the host institution of the Slovak National Contact Points (NCP) Office for European Research and Innovation Programme HORIZON 2020 and ensures operation of the Slovak Liaison Office for R&D in Brussels. The SSTIC is a directly-managed organization (public body) of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

SCSTI´s mission is to promote the development of science, technology and education in Slovakia by building and operation of information systems for R&D; library and information funds; by the provision of library and information services for wide expert public; by methodological and analytical activities supporting the management and evaluation of research, development and higher education; preparation and implementation of projects supporting research, development and education; by popularization of science and technology in society.

The organization is also responsible for processing and provision of comprehensive information on behalf of the area of education (primary, secondary and higher education) and its financing, evaluation of activities of educational institutions, organizations working in the field of youth and sports, organizations dealing with the prevention of social-pathological phenomena and institutions active in the field of further training and their programs and activities.

Slovak NCP Office for European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 launched its activities in December 2013. The service of NCP office range from Horizon 2020 information transfer to all segments of the Slovak research and innovation community to support H2020 applicants and project participants through all stages of their project – project preparation, implementation and closing-up.

Lamačská cesta 8/A, 811 04 Bratislava, Slovakia

The National Contact Point for Space in Slovakia are:

  • Katarína Šimková, Tel: +421 2 69253 165, (
  • Nataša Hurtová, Tel: +421 917 733 512, (
  • Mária Búciová, Tel: +421 917 277 294, (


Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia (MIZS)

is responsible for science and research policies. Ministry is promoting and supporting the participation of national scientific and business communities in EU Horizon 2020 and is linking their work to the work of national Delegates to H2020 Committees and the Network of National Contact Points. In performing its tasks, MIZS is closely collaborating with the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), research and education institutions as well as business organisations in science and research where space research is one of important areas.



Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport,

Masarykova 16,

SI-1000 Ljubljana



The National Contact Point for Space in Slovenia is Dr. Ivan Skubic, Tel. +386 1 4784670,





CDTI is a public business entity under the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. Among its competencies, the management of national and international R&D programmes is to be highlighted.

Besides this, CDTI finances R&D projects developed by Spanish companies and performs evaluation of calls of national R&D programmes.In the European Union R&D Programmes Department we carry out the management of the ten Themes of the Cooperation part of the Seventh Framework Programme, plus the SME Programme of the Capacities part, performing as NCP and as a National Delegates in all the management committees.CDTI’s qualification for the project: CDTI has also participated in other European Projects such as idealfit, ideal-ist, Idealist-5fp, Idealist34, Idealist-7fp and ECLAIR, in the IST/ICT domain, COOREERS in NMP, and different ERA-Nets as ERA-SME and HigroSME.

CDTI’s support activities at national level: Established in 1977, CDTI mission is:- To increase technological competitiveness of Spanish companies.- To implement the technology policy of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.The activities developed to achieve the above objectives can be summarized as follows:- Financing of R&D projects carried out by Spanish companies.- Management of international programmes (Seventh Framework Programme with NCPs in all Themes, previous Framework Programmes, ESA, EUREKA, CERN, ESRF): dissemination of documents and information, advice on documentation, evaluation of calls, attendance to Programme Committees, technology promotion and transfer.



Calle Cid 4, 28001 Madrid, Spain



The National Contact Point for Space in Spain is Mrs. Paloma Dorado, Tel: +34 91 581 55 66,



INTA is a Public Research Establishment attached to the Spanish Ministry of Defence; a Non-Profit Organisation specialized in Technological Research and Development in the fields of Space Aeronautics; Nautical and Security & Defence.

INTA’s main technological center is located at Torrejón de Ardoz, near Madrid. There are other centers in Madrid, Galicia, Granada, Huelva and Space Stations in Avila and Canary Islands.

INTA’s staff is comprised of over 1500 individuals, of whom approximately a 1000 are dedicated to R+D activities. Furthermore, INTA has representatives in Europe such as Seconded National Experts.

More than 45 projects have been funded by the FP7 with INTA participation, 8 of them belonging to Space ( e.g. ARCHES, AstRoMap, GENIUS, MASE, MOONWALK, NORS, PBSA and RITD.

Within H2020 INTA participates in 2 projects: IODISPLAY (In Orbit Demonstration Service Missions Portfolio) and Odisseus II (Youth for Space Challenge).


Carretera de Ajalvir Km.4 , 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Spain


The National Contact Point for Space in INTA is Ms. Ainara Ripa-Centeno, Tel: +34 91 520 20 04 (ripaca(at)inta(dot)es)



Within COSMOS there are two partners from Sweden:The Swedish National Space Board, SNSB, is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. SNSB is responsible for national and international activities relating to Space and remote sensing, primarily research and development.SNSB has three main tasks:- to distribute government grants for Space research, technology development and remote sensing activities- to initiate research and development in Space and Remote Sensing areas- to act as Swedish contact for international co-operationBasic research is financed via Ministry of Education and Research. SNSB functions as a research council for Swedish research using equipment in Space or at high altitudes in the atmosphere.

The Swedish Space programme is carried out by means of extensive international cooperation, in particular through Sweden’s membership of the European Space Agency, ESA.VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) is the common Swedish National Contact Point, NCP, for the framework programme and is responsible for the information dissemination in Sweden. We provide information and advice concerning all aspects of the EU Framework Programmes: research areas and priorities, legal issues, rules for participation, model contracts and other agreements, applications, finding partners, mobility, etc. We serve universities and colleges, large and small enterprises, government agencies, research institutes, municipalities, guest researchers, et al.




Swiss guide to European research & innovation

Euresearch is a non-profit association with offices in all the Swiss regions and a Network Office in Bern, comprising all National Contact Points (NCPs).

Euresearch is supported by the Swiss federal government to inform, advise and connect researchers based in or coming to Switzerland.

Effingerstrasse 19, 3008 Bern, Switzerland

The National Contact Point Space (ad interim) in Switzerland is Mr. Franceso Kienzle,
+41 31 380 60 07, francesco(dot)kienzle@euresearch(dot).ch

Learn more about Switzerland’s Space Competencies:
Country Poster (PDF, 0.8MB)




EU Framework Programmes National Coordination Office / AB Çerçeve Programlar Ulusal Koordinasyon Ofisi


TUBITAK is the leading agency for the management, funding and conducting of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, to conduct research and to support Turkish researchers. TUBITAK;

  • funds research projects carried out in universities and other public and private organizations,
  • conducts research on strategic areas,
  • develops support programs for both the public and private sectors,
  • publishes scientific journals, popular science magazines and books,
  • organizes science and society activities and,
  • supports undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships.

TUBITAK is also the national coordinating body of the EU Framework Programmes (FP). TUBITAK EU Framework Programmes National Coordination Office (TUBITAK NCO) organizes info-days, conferences and brokerage events to raise the awareness about the EU Framework Programmes. TUBITAK is also one of the founders of the Turkish Research and Business Organisations (TuR & Bo)-ppp Office.

TuR & Bo-ppp Office, located in Brussels was set up in March 2004 by TUBITAK, TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), KOSGEB (Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organisation) and TESK (The Confederation of Tradesmen and Craftsmen of Turkey). The founding philosophy and aims of TuR & Bo are based on the principle of public-private partnership. The TuR & Bo – ppp Ofiice’s main objectives are monitoring of Framework Programmes, cooperation with other research and development liaison offices and providing presence for the researchers from public and private sectors.


TUBİTAK ULAKBIM – YOK Binasi B5 Blok 06539 Bilkent/ANKARA – TURKEY

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The National Contact Point for Space in Turkey is Mr. Okan SALDOGAN, Tel: +90 312 298 94 24 (ncpspace(at)tubitak(dot)gov(dot)tr)


Learn more about Turkey’s Space Competencies:
Country Poster (PDF, 0.8MB)



United Kingdom


Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

We work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses


North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UE, United Kingdom

The National Contact Point for Space in the United Kingdom is Mrs Catherine Holt, Tel: +44 (0)7468 715507, (ncp-space(at)


Learn more about UK’s Space Industry:
UK Space directory



Cesar Bertucci

Investigador Independiente – CONICET


Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio Buenos Aires Argentina

cesar.bertucci (at)













Ivan Kosenkov

Russian FP7 and Horizon 2020 contact point for Space

Working at TSNIImash, Moscow, Russian Federation

ikosenkov (at)


South Africa




State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) is a central body of executive power of Ukraine authorized to make and provide realization of the government policy in space activities.

According to the Statute of the State Space Agency of Ukraine, the key SSAU tasks are the following:

1) making and realization of the government policy in space activities;

2) elaboration of the National Space Program and providing of its implementation;

3) preparation and implementation of the international projects in the sphere of exploration and use of outer space;

4) providing of the normative-legal regulation of the space activity;

5) providing of the administrative services and execution of the functions of control and supervision in the sphere of space activity;

6) management of the state property objects in the sphere of space activity;

7) provision of information and explanations on the realization of the government policy in the sphere of space activity.

SSAU coordinates activity of more than 30 Ukrainian space enterprises.


8 Moskovska str, Kyiv, 01010, Ukraine
The National Contact Point for Space in Ukraine is Mrs. Olena Kharytonova, Tel: +380 44 281 62 04,, (zaika(at)nkau(dot)gov(dot)ua)