Space Research is both a source of inspiration and innovation, and a means of enhancing the quality of citizens' daily lives. The 32 Space Research projects, funded under the 4th Space call of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and featured in the "Eye on Space" brochure, reflect this diversity, with Global Monitoring for Environment and Security services (GMES), progressively taking form and bringing better air and marine quality services to citizens, whilst also monitoring natural hazards, and taking on the climate change challenge. Space-related applications can be used to support a wide... range of activities and initiatives at European level, but are also crucial for understanding global issues. In Europe, space research activities are contributing to achieving domestic and international objectives in areas such as transport, agriculture, fisheries, emergency management and humanitarian aid. Their added value has been demonstrated in support of environmental policy and response to climate change. Applications and services based on Space Research contribute to the efficient functioning of today's society; satellites deliver live news broadcasts, enable modern navigation systems and provide medium and long term weather forecasts. In parallel, projects conceived to strengthen Space Foundations represent the scientific and technological platform for all space activities (from space exploration to space technologies and transportation recognised as essential for future missions to the Moon and Mars). In space, Europe is developing critical technologies and cross-cutting activities that are of strategic importance for our industry, in order for it to stay competitive and innovative, break new technological barriers and secure high quality jobs. Through the "Eye on Space" FP7 brochure, the EU and the space research community aim at bringing Space to the "eye" of the European citizen and encourage the audience to take a look at what happens above our heads, how FP7 projects contribute to tackling the space issue at EU and international level; learn more through the following pages about the projects, and meet the people behind the scene whose day-to-day work brings Europe closer to achieving its space ambitions.