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TOPIC : Addressing aviation safety challenges

Topic identifier: MG-3.1-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
15 October 2015
Deadline: 26 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Safety is embedded in aircraft design and operations, making air transport one of the safest transport modes. EU-funded research has substantially contributed to this outcome. Nevertheless, new risks must be pro-actively identified and mitigated in continuous efforts to maintain the excellent records Europe has achieved over the last decades. This requires introduction of whole range of new system concepts, products and operational practices bringing significant new challenges for the stakeholders and for the European Aviation Safety Agency.


The research actions under this topic should support the implementation of the European Aviation Safety Plan by promoting a culture of safety in aviation, by developing and enhancing safety-related products and processes, and notably novel pathways to deliver the safety enhancements in a more cost-effective manner. Proposals should address one or several of the following areas:

―More robust, cost-efficient solutions for the whole life-cycle, based on novel methodologies and technologies towards improving the safety of the air transport system.

―Novel systematic identification of hazards and handling of data and processes tailored to the requirements of aviation that are efficient, effective and acceptable by all the relevant parties in the aviation value-chain.

―An improved understanding of environmental phenomena, their detection and the protection of aircraft in order to increase safety and reliability of operation.

―Performance of studies and research activities towards reinforcing old and developing new EASA capabilities that will contribute to its performance-based regulatory and certification mission. Proposals may address research areas linked to implementation and monitoring of safety rules, type-certification of aircraft and components and approval of organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products.

The proposals should be consistent with the European Aviation Safety Plan and should include the explicit commitment from the European Aviation Safety Agency to assist or to participate in the actions.

When applicable, the proposed actions should consider the mutual implications of safety and security, they should take into account ACARE's Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and they should complement past and on-going EU-cofunded research. The increased coordination of national and EU research activities is encouraged.

In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation[1], international cooperation is encouraged, in particular in order to contribute to common regulations, standards and certification rules, among others at United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 5 and 9 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The actions will contribute to enhanced level of safety to sustain public's trustworthiness of aviation services. They will bring measurable contribution to reach the objective of having less than one accident per 10 million commercial aircraft flights by 2050. They deliver more holistic approaches to aviation safety that enables higher performance, better regulation and higher resilience with lower levels of complexity and costs.


Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process.

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission. 

  1. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  2. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  3. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  4. Additional documents:

Applicants can find introductory remarks to the activities of this respective area of the call in the text of the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport" which can be accessed by clicking in the link above.

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