CALL: SESAR 2020 RPAS EXPLORATORY RESEARCH CALL
Call identifier: H2020-SESAR-2016-1 Publication date: 28 June 2016
Call summary and aims
The growing drone market shows significant potential for Europe. The development of the drone industry is dependent on the ability of drones to operate in all areas of airspace, including at very low levels. Stimulating research and innovation in this domain and in relation to the traffic management of drones operations is therefore a "must-have" to safely unlock growth.
Note that the term ‘drone’ has been widely adopted to describe all types of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and autonomous vehicles. For convenience, the term ‘drone’ is used throughout this call.
As part of SESAR 2020, the SESAR Joint Undertaking is seeking through this call to stimulate innovative players to explore initial solutions for a new unmanned traffic management ("UTM") system supporting the cohabitation/sharing of airspace of manned and unmanned systems, which represents a critical market enabler that has not yet been sufficiently addressed at the European level.
The SESAR Exploratory Research into Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will address the key research questions impacting the operation of UAS and RPAS in the very low level (VLL), including beyond visual line of sight (B-VLOS) operations, as well as visual flight rules (VFR) environments (noting that the topic of instrument flight rules (IFR) integration will be addressed in other components of the SESAR 2020 Programme).
Two work areas are defined under this call; these are UAS/RPAS integration operational issues and UAS/RPAS integration technical issues. The first work area on UAS/RPAS integration operational issues (Work Area 1) includes one topic while Work Area 2 is split into 6 further topics.
Work Area 1: Operational issues
This Work Area covers the SESAR unmanned traffic management (UTM) Concept Definition and will develop an operational concept to enable the operation of drones of all capabilities in the very low-level (VLL) environment, while co-existing safely with existing manned aviation and respecting the needs of society at large. Work in this area should capitalise on on-going work carried out elsewhere (such as JARUS, EASA and NASA). To ensure a coherent concept definition the 4 operational topics identified under the SJU Work Programme 2016 have been combined into the one call topic.
Work Area 2: Technical issues
This Work Area will address the feasibility of technology options which support drone operations and integration, where required in the VLL and VFR domains. Research should help mature emerging technologies and applications for UTM – from advanced fields such as IT, telecoms, intelligent systems or robotics – which can be fast-tracked into providing solutions to specific problems that are core to the near term development of the EU drone industry. It should also help bridge SESAR UTM research with the wider scientific community and will provide the science necessary to support the safe integration of VLL drones, considering higher levels of automation.
The purpose of this procedure is to award a maximum of 10 Grant Agreements (GAs), including a maximum of 1 GA for Work Area 1 and a maximum of 9 GAs for Work Area 2. The maximum duration of the GAs and therefore the projects is 24 months.
The maximum budget for Work Area 1 is 0,8M EUR and for Work Area 2 is 8,2M EUR.
Please note that in addition to all provisions below, the key reference documents for this Call for Proposal are the SJU Work Programme 2016 and SESAR 2020 Multi-Annual Work Programme. They set out the purpose and scope of the ER Call for Proposals that will be implemented via the resulting Grant Agreements as well as the conditions for participation and award.
The applicable agreement type is the SJU Model Grant Agreement (MGA), provided as part of the call. General guidance can be found in the Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AMGA).
17 February 2017 18:12
An overview of the evaluation results (flash Call info) for the Call H2020-SESAR-2016-1, is now available under the section "Topic conditions and documents" of each topic.
16 November 2016 17:08
A total of 59 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic is shown below.
RPAS-06 : 6
27 October 2016 16:44
An updated version of the Frequently Asked Questions for the call H2020-SESAR-2016-1 has been published and is now available under each topic, in the section 'Additional documents'.
19 October 2016 16:59
The deadline for the call H2020-SESAR-2016-1 has been extended to 15 November 2016.
The new deadline for addressing queries related to this call for proposals is Wednesday 26 October 2016.
14 October 2016 09:01
The Frequently Asked Questions for the call H2020-SESAR-2016-1 have been published and are now available under each topic, in the section 'Additional documents'.
29 September 2016 12:58
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The deadline for addressing queries related to this call for proposals is Tuesday 11 October 2016.
- 14 July 2016 12:55 The submission session is now available for: RPAS-05(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-04(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-07(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-06(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-01(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-02(SESAR-RIA), RPAS-03(SESAR-RIA)
07 July 2016 09:34
The technical specifications of this call for proposals were established in close collaboration with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Agency will consider, where appropriate, the results of the awarded project for its future activities in that domain.
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