The aim of the Space theme under FP7 is to support a European Space Programme focusing on applications such as 'Global monitoring for environment and security' (GMES) with benefits for citizens and for the competitiveness of the European space industry. Target is to secure Europe’s stragetic strategic role in space and its use with a focus on Collaboration with European Space Agency ESA:

Space consists of three Activities subdivided in various Areas. In a work programme published on a yearly basis different Topics are decribed in detail

1. Space-based applications serving European society - developing satelliteobservation systems and the GMES services for the management of the environment, security, agriculture, forestry and meteorology, civil protection and risk management
2. Exploration of space - provision of support for collaborative initiatives between ESA or national space agencies, as well as coordinating efforts for the development of space-borne telescopes
3. Strengthening Space foundations - support research for long term needs such as space transportation, bio-medicine, life and physical sciences in space

Filing a proposal is only possible referring to one of the specific Calls which are published on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

In general at least three independant legal entities out of three different EU member or associated countries have to form a consortium. Consortia including small and medium-sized enterprises are funded with preference.

The detailed eligibility criteria and conditions are defined in the respective Work Programme and the Call Fiche.