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TOPIC : Advanced Airspace Management

Topic identifier: SESAR.IR-VLD.Wave1-10-2015
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:

Today, Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM), Airspace Management (ASM) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) are separated processes and the interfaces between ATFCM, ASM and ATC processes and systems require further integration, as well as full collaboration between ATM Actors and Airspace Users. This full integration is currently constrained by the available technology and limited tools, but especially by the limitations of the processes based on ATM operational environment, causing a lack of situational awareness and resulting in sub-optimal use of ATM resources. The traffic prediction does not allow determining appropriate Airspace Design, and the efficient application of Flexible Use of Airspace (military and civil coordination). Also, the sharing of airspace information is not optimally adapted to Aircraft Operators (AO) and other Airspace User (AU) processes, which is leading to limited usage of available dynamic configurable airspace. Similarly, the current ATM environment provides neither an accurate prediction of traffic and relevant measurements of its uncertainty nor the sector predicted workload with a confidence index, with which to determine efficient airspace organisation. Without a common situational awareness, simultaneous operations of civil and military users in a Free Route environment with a high complexity level will be problematic.


The project “Advanced Airspace Management” aims at delivering the following SESAR Solutions:

  • Management of Dynamic Airspace Configurations: development of the process, procedures and tools related to Dynamic Airspace Configuration, supporting Dynamic Mobile Areas of Type 1 and Type 2, through: the activation of Airspace configurations through an integrated collaborative decision making process, at national, sub-regional and regional levels, a seamless and coordinated approach for airspace configurations from planning to execution phases (increasing the Network capability to continuously adapt to demand pattern changes in a free route environment) and ATC sectors configurations adapted to dynamic TMA boundaries and both fixed and dynamic elements.

  • Dynamic Airspace Configuration supporting moving areas: extend the management of Dynamic Airspace configuration to support moving areas. This includes Dynamic Mobile Areas or DMA of Type 3 as well as moving danger areas.

Expected Impact:

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

  • Capacity: AAM allows a better use of available ATC capacity and a better balancing of ATC workload leading to reduced demand/capacity imbalance.

  • Cost-effectiveness/Cost of Air Navigation: AAM allows improved ATM resource planning and better use of existing capacities leading to reduced ATC and Airport Capacity costs.

  • Flight Efficiency: decrease in flight time. Environment: Increased efficiency enabling optimised flight trajectories and profiles with the end result being reduced fuel burn, noise and CO2 emissions

  • Flexibility: AAM allows increasing the flexibility of airspace configurations to adapt to any change of demand pattern or unexpected change of users trajectory intents.

  • Participation: AAM enabled by SWIM/NOP should enable stakeholders’ collaborations earlier in the planning phase and facilitate commitment to network performance optimum by making stakeholders’ intentions and actions more transparent.

  • Cost-effectiveness/Direct cost of NM and of Local Tools : AAM supported by SWIM/NOP Information Platform will contribute to reduce maintenance and development costs for the Network Manager and local service providers by reducing the number of different remote HMI applications (through implementation of one stop shop access) and by streamlining assets through use of uniform service-oriented principles. Local tools will benefit from the provided SWIM services through easy connectivity to NM and by means of a convenient and economical way to exchange information with the Network.

  • Safety: AAM should ensure that safety standards will not be downgraded enabled by automated support tools and may be improved through an increased common situational awareness at sub-regional and regional levels.

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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