DG Growth

The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is the European Commission service responsible for:

1. completing the Internal Market for goods and services;

2. helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by implementing the industrial and sectorial policies of the flagship Europe 2020 initiative;

3. fostering entrepreneurship and growth by reducing the administrative burden on small businesses; facilitating access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and supporting access to global markets for EU companies. All of these actions are encapsulated in the Small Business Act;

4. generating policy on the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights, coordinating the EU position and negotiations in the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system, and assisting innovators on how to effectively use IP rights;

5. delivering the EU's space policy via the two large-scale programmes Copernicus (European Earth observation satellite system) and Galileo (European global navigation satellite system), as well research actions to spur technological innovation and economic growth.

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Open Calls


DG Growth

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Copernicus building skills actions

The European Commission is launching a call for proposals aimed at cooperation between Copernicus and Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs). The aim is to provide the skills needed to access and use Copernicus data and services.

The Directorate-General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is focused on increasing the use of Copernicus data and services. This includes providing people with the skills they need to access and use the data.

To help achieve this, the Commission is developing a "Copernicus Skills Programme" to promote skills development in the Copernicus downstream sector.

This call has two objectives:
1) To increase the number of people able to access and use Copernicus data and information. This could include basic users and/or advanced/innovative users of Copernicus.
2) To increase the supply of skills to stimulate the growth of geospatial-related jobs in Europe (i.e. the proposal should address current and forthcoming labour market skill gaps).

Legal entities

July 18, 2017

Copernicus Hackathon Programme

The purpose of this call is to select a single organisation which will coordinate the programme on behalf of the Commission. The coordinator of the programme should support entities wanting to organise a Copernicus Hackathon.

The maximum budget allocated for EU financing under this call is €1,200,000 including:

-€800 000 to be allocated to the organisers of 20 hackathons every year for two years (maximum €20 000 per hackathon) for a maximum budget of €800 000

-€400 000 for the coordination of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme, including logistical support to the organisers of hackathons

Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs:

-85% for the organisation of hackathons
-85% for the coordination of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme

Individuals and legal entities based in EU member states, Norway and Iceland

September 7, 2017