Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation programme for universities, companies and public research organisations. Space transcends domains and is expressed in various themes, but space also has its own work programme in Pillar 2, Cluster 4 Digital Industry & Space (DIS): Destination 5 - Strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using the global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data.
RVO offers broad support to Horizon Europe: the National Contact Point (NCP) for Space is Frank Winters. The NSO is represented in the DIS programme committee by expert and deputy representative Raymond Sluiter in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and RVO. The sector is involved via sounding board group Destination-5 and mailing list. On behalf of NSO, Groundstation.Space will map out the possibilities for space in the entire Horizon Europe program in 2021.