UFO: emerging indUstries new value chains boosted by small Flying Objects

The Horizon 2020 INNOSUP funded UFO project supports 65 European SMEs in the development of innovative products and services by integrating new technology solutions in Small Flying Objects (SFOs).


The UFO project is providing €3 million in the form of cascade funding to support 65 European SMEs participating in 25 innovation projects for feasibility and demonstration activities to develop innovative products and services. The projects integrate new technological solutions and know-how in provided by the combination of Small Flying Objects (SFOs: drones, high attitude platform systems and small satellites), embedded nano and digital technologies, Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions, addressing challenges in 6 Emerging Industries, namely, blue growth, digital creative & gaming, mobility, climate, environment and finance & insurance.

In 2021, UFO project held two open calls. The first open call closed on 18 February and the second open call closed on 7 October 2021. More than 90 eligible project proposals were submitted in both calls, in which applicants applied for one of two types of vouchers: feasibility and demonstration activities. The applications came from the five UFO partners’ countries – Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania and the United Kingdom. Cross-border collaborations were particularly encouraged.

In total, out of all the eligible project proposals submitted into the first and second open call, 25 were selected: 21 demonstration projects and 4 feasibility studies. The successful projects will receive financial support of up to €60 000 for each feasibility study and up to €150 000 for each demonstration voucher.




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