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TOPIC : 4D Trajectory Management

Topic identifier: SESAR.IR-VLD.Wave1-21-2015
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 SESAR concept is based upon the fundamental element of trajectory sharing. The ultimate goal is a trajectory based ATM system where actors optimise business and mission trajectories through common 4D trajectory information taking into account users priorities and ATC constraints. The objective is the sharing of the trajectories between the ATM actors including Airspace Users through an iterative process to take into account more accurate data once available (e.g. intentions, MET forecast, current traffic, airspace management). This will allow the Airspace User to choose the preferred way of integrating ATM constraints when required.

The notion of Reference Business Trajectory (RBT) in trajectory based operation is also not well defined. There is a need to agree in more details on the elements that will constitute the RBT and understand how these will be used operationally.

Studies are needed to consolidate the global integration of military users' processes in the network and to consider additional Airspace Users (e.g. RPAS).

The new ATM Solutions will need better trajectory predictions and additional data exchanges between systems.

The ambition of new ATM Solutions is to manage a gate-to-gate trajectory, thus the surface (taxi) trajectory needs to have greater coherency with the airborne part of the trajectory, through better coordination of the stakeholders and systems.

Inconsistencies between various sources for aeronautical (AIM) and meteorological (MET) information will be further removed and so that airspace users, the Network Manager and ATC are enabled to establish a common operating picture with respect to the available infrastructure and the meteorological conditions.

It is required to facilitate the coherent design of solutions for managing flight information across the System of Systems architecture, driven by operational requirements elaborated in the various ATM SESAR solution projects.


This project will define the trajectory management services fulfilling the requirements expressed by ATM Solution projects using trajectory aims through the following solutions:

  • Improved mission trajectories: to enable smooth integration of military operations in the ATM network. Improved and harmonised Operational Air Traffic (OAT). Mission Trajectories will be integrated in Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) environment throughout all phases of trajectory planning and execution (SMT/RMT).

  • Integration of trajectory management processes in planning and execution: to improve sharing of trajectory information and to clarify roles and responsibilities regarding Shared Business Trajectory (SBT) and RBT revision and update processes. Consolidation and extension of the trajectory and flight plan information exchange technical solution to provide the infrastructure enabling seamless operation and trajectory sharing in response to the need of the SESAR Solutions.

  • Management and sharing of data used in trajectory (AIM, METEO): to enable the use and integration in trajectory processes of the most up-to-date and suited information, in terms of quality of service requirements.

  • Performance-Based Trajectory Prediction: through data exchange between air and ground and the use of other sources in order to support all advanced operational processes required in S2020. The solution looks at how the trajectory predictions for ATC, FOC and NM can be improved taking into account all possible data sources (legacy or not).

Expected Impact:

The project will contribute to:

  • Interoperability by sharing the same trajectory view between air and all ground actors;

  • Predictability by improved trajectory accuracy and sharing information updates throughout the flight;

  • Flexibility by matching the trajectory with the Airspace User needs;

  • Flight efficiency: flight is managed closer to its optimal profile.

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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