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Building skills and earth observation related expertise through Copernicus

30 September 2016


The objective of this call is to improve the take-up of Copernicus in EU countries by financing dedicated educational programmes and e-skills development based on Copernicus Space Component data and Copernicus Services data and information products.

The beneficiaries are expected to receive a grant to implement one (or more) dedicated action(s) identified within a working plan agreed with the European Commission. Examples could include educational courses, short summer schools for Master's or PhD programmes fellows, training courses, post-doctoral fellowships, scholarships, vocational training, skills challenges and outreaching activities.

Eligible applicants

Applicants must be established in one of:

  • the 28 countries of the European Union or.
  • Iceland, Norway (Copernicus participating states).

Applicants must also correspond to the definition of the following target organisations: Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) as defined under Regulation (EC) No. 294/2008.

    Budget and project duration

    The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €613,000. Financial assistance from the Commission cannot exceed 85% of the total eligible costs.

    The maximum budget earmarked for the co-financing of the project under LOT 1 is €350,000.

    The maximum budget earmarked for the co-financing of the project under LOT 2 is €263,000.

    The maximum duration of projects is 12 months.

    Call for proposals

    The full text of the call for proposals is available here.

    The application forms are now available.

    Applications must comply with the requirements set out in the full text and be submitted using the forms provided.

    Please read the Guide for Applicants carefully before starting the electronic submission process. You will also find the SEP Guide for Submission on the SEP website.

    Please note that the deadline for electronic submission is 17.00 CET, 26 October 2016.

    As additional information (including the updated list of the call's questions and answers) will be posted on this webpage during the publication stage, we encourage you to visit this page regularly.