The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) has set aside a budget of €4.16 billion over seven years (2007-2013) for transport, including aeronautics. Research priorities are set by the European Commission with advice from ACARE, the European Technology Platform for Aeronautics Research, launched in 2001.
Research priorities under FP7 are:
- the greening of air transport
- increasing time efficiency
- customer satisfaction and safety
- improving cost efficiency
- protection of aircraft and passengers
- air transport of the future
More information on EU aeronautics research is available on the EU Research website.
Participation in European aeronautics research is organised through calls for proposals, which are published on the Cordis FP7 website.
The Commission supports the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in European aeronautics research with the AeroPortal . AeroSME and SCRATCH facilitate the search for co-operation partners and provide networking opportunities.
Information on space research and security research, which are also activities of aerospace companies, can be found on the following websites: European Space Research & Development and Security Research .
Clean Sky Joint Undertaking
Clean Sky is a "Joint Technology Initiative" that will develop breakthrough technologies to improve the impact of air transport on the environment. Clean Sky will receive an EU contribution of up to €800 million from the 7th Research Framework Programme. This will be matched by funds from industry, leading to a total budget of up to €1.6 billion.
In order to develop the new generation of "green aircraft", Clean Sky is based on six technical areas: Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft, Green Regional Aircraft, Green Rotorcraft, Systems for Green Operations, Green and Sustainable Engine and Eco-Design:
Clean Sky is expected to lead to the earlier introduction of new, greener Air Transport products that will:
- accelerate the delivery of technologies for improving the environmental impact of air transport
- increase the competitiveness of European industry, thus contributing to the Lisbon Strategy objectives
- encourage the rest of the aviation world to make greener products.
The Members of Clean Sky represent 86 organisations in 16 countries, among which:
- 54 industries, including 20 small and medium-sized enterprises
- 15 Research Centres
- 17 Universities
A significant part of the Clean Sky programme will be performed by partners selected through Calls for Proposals and subcontractors selected through Calls for Tenders. More information on current calls is available on the Clean Sky website.
Please note that the Commission does not fund defence research.