This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013. This grant to ESA as an identified beneficiary is justified because GEO designated ESA as the single provider of the user interface to the GEOSS infrastructure.
The current GEOSS portal is the user interface of the GEOSS infrastructure enabling the users to access worldwide Earth observation data and information. ESA is the official and unique GEOSS portal provider ensuring the short and medium term operational development of the system.
Through this grant, ESA, as the official GEOSS web portal provider, will further contribute to the development of the current GEOSS infrastructure so that it becomes fully operationa
l and includes all the functionalities required by the users to access tailor-made information and actionable knowledge.
The GEOSS web portal medium term evolution should therefore enable services to non-specialists in the domain of adaptation to extreme climatic events and to changes in climatic conditions. The selection of the most critical services should be driven by the lessons-learned from the evaluation of the implementation of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to climate change (COM(2018)738)), the priorities identified under the European Green Deal and the requirements expressed by the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation.
The project should further improve the ESA GEOSS web portal functionalities and enable the full exploitation of the GEOSS infrastructure as to further integrate all its components. The project should be implemented in close collaboration with the GEO partners involved in the development of the GEOSS infrastructure.
This grant will be a contribution to the working arrangement recently signed between ESA and the European Commission.
The standard evaluation criteria, thresholds, weighting for award criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing for this type of action are provided in parts D and H of the General Annexes.