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TOPIC : Total Airport Management

Topic identifier: SESAR.IR-VLD.Wave1-07-2015
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:

The full integration between Airport and Network Operations has still to be achieved (airport Performance strongly depends on the performance of the Network). Management of predicted airport performance deterioration therefore needs to be aligned with the Network. Collaborative recovery procedures and support tools in coordination with all the relevant ATM stakeholders are required to facilitate the pro-active management of predicted performance deteriorations. Total Airport Demand and Capacity Balancing processes and tools require further integration with the execution tools (Arrivals and Departure Management systems and Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems) and resource allocation planning tools (Stand/Gate Allocation Planner). Airport landside/airside performance monitoring and management processes need to be integrated refining as well the turnaround monitoring within the Airport Operations Centre (APOC) in coordination with the Airspace Users. Environmental impacts and all aspects of de-icing are currently not integrated into the planning and execution timeframes of the Airport Operations Plan (AOP). Impact assessment tools available to the APOC need to better integrate information about MET forecast uncertainty. Post-Operations Analysis processes, support tools and reporting capabilities need to be developed.


The project shall address the following solutions:

  • Enhanced Collaborative Airport Performance Planning and Monitoring

    • Extending the Airport Performance process monitoring to the airport landside and ground access processes that may have an impact on the airside operations in both planning and execution timeframes; Developing rationalised dashboard(s) fed with all landside and airside leading key performance indicators covering Total Airport Management processes; Consolidating the KPI suite ensuring coverage of both landside and airside operations and focusing on leading performance indicators to support pro-active management of ATM related disruptions.

    • Developing, in association with Airspace Users, a suitable level of turnaround process planning and monitoring within the APOC which would participate in improving operational resilience.

    • Improving the connection between the airports with the ATM Network and Providing tools supporting recording, enabling timely analysis of specific events and reporting.

  • Enhanced Collaborative Airport Performance Management

    • The development of an APOC ‘What-if’ decision support suite that accommodates all the key performance flows of the airport, including the creation of a learning post-operations environment and intelligent optimisation for improving what-if computation.

    • The pro-active management of meteorological impacts on the AOP.

    • The collaborative Airport/Network management of predicted performance deterioration (collaborative procedures and tools).

    • The accommodation of environmental performance and restrictions in the AOP.

    • Total Airport Demand and Capacity Balancing and Post Operations analysis support and reporting capabilities.

Expected Impact:

This project will develop solutions that are expected to have a very positive impact on the Network through:

  • A performance-driven airport through KPIs monitoring and detection of deviations, collaborative decisions using support tools and what-if functions, post-operations analysis used as learning process. A Better situational awareness through SWIM information sharing, enabling provision and reception of Airport CDM data including MET and AIM.

  • A significant increase in the predictability, efficiency, environmental sustainability and flexibility of airport operations;

  • Better use of existing airport capacity:

    • Proactive management of predicted impacts to normal operations, quicker reactions on deviations.

    • Increased resilience through shorter and effective recovery to normal operations and collaboration with the Network, from predicted or unpredicted adverse operating conditions;

  • Increased safety in the airport environment due to reduced uncertainty of operations and reduced congestion through better planning.

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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