Space-based R&D and Innovation: Opportunities in the New Funding Period

Data - 12/05/2021
10:00 - 12:00

The New Space has an important role to play in the development of new technologies and applications enabling full realization of the industry’s potential. Europe’s innovators together with supporting institutions are ready to play the leading role in this sector.

We are indeed at the dawn of the new financial period in Europe and it is not easy to navigate through the numerous options, especially for startups and SMEs. There is a wide degree of diversity and complexity among policies, programs, rules, competent authorities and implementing bodies (no “one-stop-shop”). EU Space Program, Horizon Europe, InvestEU, European Defence Fund, European Investment Fund and other initiatives will give many opportunities to develop R&D and innovation activities in the space domain. The aim of this on-line event is to bring some clarity and structured information on several concrete measures and funding possibilities.

Lithuania is becoming an active player in the European space activities and we expect to become an associate member of ESA by the end of this year. During this webinar, you will have the opportunity to learn about Lithuania’s New Space players’ success stories that will illustrate different opportunities presented by EU programs.

Register by May 10 here


Agenda of the webinar

12th May, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST (Brussels time), 11:00-13:00 EEST (Vilnius time)


10:00-10:05    Welcome words, Mr Simonas Šatūnas, Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU of Lithuania

10:05-10:15    Lithuania’s space policy, Ms Eglė Markevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania

10:15-10:25    Space policy priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, Carla Matias dos Santos, Research Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU

10:25-11:00    Funding opportunities for R&D and innovation activities in the European space domain, Paraskevi Papantoniou, Head of Space Policy Unit,  DG DEFIS of the European Commission

11:00-11:15    Opportunities under the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), Adriana Rad, Inter-institutional Officer at EUSPA

11:15-11:30    Q&A session

11:30-11:55    Cases from Lithuania:

  • Presentation by JSC NanoAvionics, Vaida Karaliūnaitė, CMO
  • Presentation by Klaipėda University, Daina Vaičiūtė, Marine Research Institute
  • Presentation by JSC Geomatrix, Gediminas Vaitkus, Director
  • Presentation by JSC Elsis PRO, Rimvydas Jančiauskas, CEO
  • Presentation by Start-up division, Goda Jonaitytė, Senior Consultant

11:55-12:00    Closing remarks, Ms Eglė Elena Šataitė, Lithuanian Space Office & Dr Brigita Serafinaviciute, Head of Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office in Brussels

Moderator: Vidmantas Tomkus, Member of the Board, Consultant at Lithuanian Aerospace Association


  • Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
  • Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office in Brussels (LINO)
  • Ministry of the Economy and Innovation
  • Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)



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