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TOPIC : Reducing aviation noise

Topic identifier: MG-1-2-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
20 September 2016
Deadline: 01 February 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Exposure to aircraft noise has an adverse effect on population. High levels of perceived noise have also an important impact on future extensions of airports which are reaching their capacity limits. Despite significant progress on noise reduction at source and on noise abatement procedures, aircraft noise continues to cause adverse effects on quality of life and on public health, notably in the neighbourhood of major airports. Ensuring that airports will have the capability to respond to the growing traffic demand requires more systematic approaches to aviation noise management bringing together technological, operational and planning solutions. To address these challenges, stronger coordination between national, international and EU research activities is necessary.


Actions should address the development of new technologies and methodologies to enable 24/7 operations, including new methods for assessing, monitoring and managing the impact of aviation noise. They should also support the coordination of national and EU research activities related to aviation noise and consider possibilities for international cooperation. The actions should address one or several of the following areas:

―Development of new aircraft/engine technologies for noise reduction at the source.

―Novel approaches for assessing and managing the impact of aviation noise, including aspects such as new airport noise reduction strategies, novel cost-effective solutions for the monitoring of noise footprints and health impacts.The developed methodologies and tools should complement ongoing efforts on noise-emissions interdependencies modelling and be open to the EU research and policy community.

―Integration of aviation-related environmental assessment approaches in land-use planning practices and tools with the aim of enabling a higher level of effectiveness in scenario- analysis and decision-support capability whilst allowing heightened proficiency for use by non-specialists.

―Better understanding on sonic boom policy and regulations in support to the regulatory discussions at United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Particular emphasis should be given to innovative approaches towards reducing noise at the source and for mitigating the noise impact of air traffic operations. The development of well-reasoned and scientifically-rooted decision-making approaches for purposes of deploying the latter should be stressed, notably ensuring a level of end-user friendliness compatible with their utilisation by non-experts – such as land-use and regional development planners.

The actions should support the coordination of national and EU research activities related to aviation noise, notably towards establishing a common strategic research roadmap for aviation noise reduction.

The promotion of synergies with other industrial sectors which are confronted with similar noise-related problems is encouraged.

In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation[1], international cooperation is encouraged, in particular in relation to sonic boom, in order to contribute to the regulatory discussions at United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 5 to 9 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Actions will lead to new and more holistic approaches for aviation noise reduction, coupling innovative airframe/engine technologies with operational aspects, airport infrastructure and connectivity, and land-use planning solutions. They will also lead to easy-to-use decision support systems for purposes of elaborating sustainable airport development plans fit for use. They are also expected to lead to a European noise impact modelling tools, open for research and policy purposes. It is also expected that the proposals will gather critical mass on a pan-European scale, overcoming gaps, duplication and fragmentation, create a leverage effect, enhance coherence and efficiency of noise research in Europe, and underpin the development of future noise related regulations, operations, and technology. By doing so, actions are expected to contribute to the improvement of health conditions of the population particularly in areas near airports and air corridors, as well as to economic activities linked to sustainable airport development plans.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation


Topic conditions and documents

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  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme .

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
  1. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

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    Annotated Grant Agreement

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    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  3. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


  4. Additional documents:

Applicants can find introductory remarks to the activities of this respective area of the call in the text of the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport" which can be accessed by clicking in the link above.

Additional documents

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