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TOPIC : Trajectory Based Free Routing

Topic identifier: SESAR.IR-VLD.Wave1-13-2015
Publication date: 22 October 2015

Types of action: SESAR-RIA Research and Innovation 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 IRs” 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.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Airspace users (AUs) should have the possibility to plan flight trajectories without reference to a fixed route network or published directs within high & very high-complexity environments. This would provide the AUs with significant opportunities to optimise the impacted flights in line with their individual operator business needs or mission requirements. Controller workload associated with individual trajectory interactions is anticipated to increase within a non-published route airspace environment. A full advanced controller tool set will be required. Demand & Capacity Balancing in both the planning and execution phases will have to evolve to manage the more dynamic environment including Integrated Network Management, extended ATC Planning and Airspace Management processes. Flight Operation Centres (FOC) systems will also need to be developed and integrated with SWIM Infrastructure allowing all Airspace Users to plan and execute the most efficient trajectory. Non-mainline aircraft requirements need to be taken into consideration.


The project “Trajectory Based Free Routing” aims at delivering the following SESAR Solutions:

  • Optimized traffic management to enable Free Routing in high and very high complexity environments: airspace users should be able to plan flight trajectories without reference to a fixed route network or published directs within high & very high-complexity environments so they can optimise their associated flights in line with their individual operator business needs or military requirements.

  • Management of Performance Based Free Routing: application of Free Routing Airspace (FRA) to make available free routing for airspace users below FL310.

Expected Impact:
  • Improved Predictability: By enabling AUs to plan and fly a trajectory closer to their business needs, Free Routing will improve predictability.

  • Improved Environmental Sustainability / Flight Efficiency: An enlarged FRA will directly lead to improved fuel efficiency and business/mission effectiveness. Lower fuel consumption for an aircraft in pre-departure & flight phase will allow increasing flight efficiency.
  • Improved Access and Equity including BA/GA and rotorcraft: making Free Route available in high and very high complexity environment will allow operating Free Route at lower levels and enabling access to a larger number of aircraft type
  • En-Route Capacity and safety maintained or improved.
  • As flexibility of airspace is predicted, and availability of airspace is constantly updated, more flights can be handled, and throughput of airspace is increased. Therefore cost effectiveness is increased.
  • Human performance: The Solution will increase significantly positive cockpit crew performance, reducing their fatigue, but also may decrease abilities of ATC services due to the fact of higher workload.
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 IR 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 Industrial Research projects (Research and Innovation Actions) are provided next:                                       
    - 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 IR projects
  7. Technical documentation

        - The SJU Work Programme is defined in the SESAR 2020 Multi-Annual Work Programme document.
        - For the Industrial Research projects, the Technical Specifications for each Topic can be found in Appendix C 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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