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TOPIC : Content Integration

Topic identifier: SESAR.IR-VLD.Wave1-01-2015
Publication date: 22 October 2015

Types of action: SESAR-CSA Coordination and Support Action
Opening date:
29 October 2015
Deadline: 20 April 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Updates
  • 06 April 2016 18:17

    When reference is made to “candidate members” in this call, this shall be understood as meaning “Members”.

  • 17 March 2016 12:20

    Please note that as a result of the accession of new members to the SESAR Joint undertaking, the list of eligible entities that can submit a proposal in response to the present call, restricted to the SJU Members, has been amended. Therefore the “Excel file (and its Guidance) of Technical Proposal Template for TAs” is not valid any longer and have been removed.


  • 16 March 2016 16:25

    Please note that the call deadline has been extended to 20/04/2016.

  • 30 November 2015 20:36

    The closure date for the SESAR 2020 IR/VLD Call for Proposals has been moved to the 16th of March 2016. 

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The SESAR research, development and validation activities shall serve one common concept, which elaborates transitional changes to the functional ATM architecture in order to mirror the conceptual evolution towards the SESAR Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and to contribute to the common European performance targets as defined by the SES Performance Scheme.

A successful approach to achieve this necessitates a Content Integration perspective:

  • Executing the steering as provided and endorsed by SJU management and SESAR governance and integration of develop content (SESAR CONOPS, SESAR Functional Architecture, Information and Services);

  • Creating collaborative platform for solving operational and technical challenges;

  • Ensuring the coherence within and between the different projects;

  • Ensuring alignment with the expectations outlined in the European ATM Master Plan with regards to performance and transition to deployment.


The SESAR 2020 Programme requires guidance and steering to achieve the objectives of the Master Plan. According to a defined process as documented in the SESAR 2020 Guidance, the “Content Integration” (CI) activities will aim to coordinate and integrate operational and technical solutions, and as such to support and guide the processes to ensure their completeness, consistency and coherency from a holistic perspective as expressed in the SESAR CONOPS. The content Integration activities will also cover the maintenance and support of the performance framework and ensuring its applicability by the projects. These activities will support overall programme monitoring and the management and governance decision-making processes.

In addition Content Integration activities will support the Maturity Gates activities in terms of allocating experts for reviewing the material made available for confirming the maturity and performance levels achieved by the ATM Solutions.

The content integration activity will be enabled and supported by a common framework to secure the continuous collaboration, a controlled and transparent change process to support reporting for informed decision making. The maintenance of the Framework is considered a dedicated area within Content Integration.

The Content Integration can further be broken down into the following 4 domains of activities:

  • ATM operations: the envisaged changes to business, operations and technology need to be brought together (collected, dependencies need to be identified and consistency and coherency have to be assured). This for the benefit of as well the projects as the programme, the stakeholders and the management of the programme in order to be able to take informed decisions;

  • ATM systems and services: Preparation of System and Services related Steering Principles as provided by SJU management and SESAR governance;

  • Performance Management Performance Framework, Performance Quality Assurance and Performance assessment at network level and gap analysis;

  • Support and Evolution of the Content Development Framework (EATMA): Support; Adapting and updating the architecture framework to fit the need of SESAR2020 (e.g. modifying the architecture rules, meta-model, processes, practices); Maintain the operational, service, information and functional architecture meta-models.

Expected Impact:

Through the support and guidance to the solution projects and the coordination and integration of operational and technical solutions, the project will contribute to the assurance that processes and content across the programme are complete, consistent and coherent from a holistic perspective. These activities will provide support to the activities that monitor the programme and that will lead to the further decision making necessary by SJU management and SESAR governance.

Topic conditions and documents

The SJU is launching a Call for Proposals under H2020 restricted to its candidate members (c.f.: eligibility conditions below) with a view to implement “SESAR 2020 Transversal Activities”, “Industrial Research& Validation Activities” and “Very Large Scale Demonstration Activities”

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application. The key reference documents for this Call for Proposal are the amended SJU Work Programme 2015 and SESAR 2020 Multi-Annual Work Programme. They set out the purpose and scope of the IR/VLD Call for Proposals and describe the activities that will be implemented via the resulting Grant Agreements as well as the conditions for participation and award.

The purpose of this procedure is to award a maximum of 28 (twenty eight) Grant Agreements (GAs), one per “Topic”. This is the relevant model agreement: SJU Model Grant Agreement (MGA). General guidance can be found in the Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AMGA). Please refer also to the SJU MGA Budget Amendment Process.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: Described in the amended SJU Work Programme 2015.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: This Call for Proposals is restricted to the Eligible Entities as identified in the amended SJU Work Programme 2015, subject to their selection as SJU Members as a result of the ad-hoc Call for final SJU Membership Applications.The admissibility conditions are described in the amended SJU Work Programme 2015.
  3. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the SJU proposal template for the TA projects, which can be downloaded after entering the submission tool below.
  4. Evaluation

    4.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: Described in the amended SJU Work Programme 2015.

    4.2 Submission and evaluation process: Described in the Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation is provided maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission, and maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:
    The provisions, templates and evaluation forms for the Transversal Activities (Cooperative and Support Actions) are provided below: 
    - Specific provisions and funding rates are described in the amended SJU Work Programme 2015
    - SJU proposal templates (Administrative forms and Technical annex) are available after entering the "start submission" button and then after entering the "Download Part B Templates" button
    - SJU Self-Evaluation Form for TAs
  7. Technical documentation

        - The SJU Work Programme is defined in the SESAR 2020 Multi-Annual Work Programme document.
        - For the Transversal Activities, the Technical Specifications for each Topic can be found in Appendix B of the SESAR 2020 Multiannual Work Programme
        - The Extended Release Strategy indicating the prioritized SESAR Solutions and the major Programme milestones for Wave 1 and Wave 2. 
        - An overview of the applicable Programme Management processes is provided in the Introduction to SESAR 2020 Programme Execution document
        - Proposed European ATM Master Plan edition 2015

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