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TOPIC : Maintaining industrial leadership in aeronautics

Topic identifier: MG-1.3-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
20 September 2016
2nd stage Deadline:
26 January 2017 17:00:00
19 October 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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  • 12 January 2017 15:46

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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

European aeronautics has never been stronger, however new opportunities and challenges lie towards 2020 and beyond. Research and innovation is the main response towards maintaining the competitiveness throughout the whole supply chain. While a number of technologies are already addressed under the Clean Sky 2 Public-Private Partnership, there are other promising ones at low maturity levels that need to be further advanced. Primes, suppliers including SMEs, research laboratories and academia should collaborate in an efficient and timely manner to bring these innovative technologies to higher maturity levels for these advanced and cost-efficient products and services.


Proposed actions should address one or several of the following priority areas:

―Condition-based health management, replacing scheduled inspections and thus decreasing maintenance costs and increasing safety and aircraft availability through accelerating the integration of innovative and existing sensor technologies, advancing data analysis methods and promoting standards for health sensing across dissimilar systems and structures, developing and validating multiple sensor technologies on systems and structures, and addressing relevant regulatory barriers.

―Advancements in composite aero-structures that have the potential to offer alternative competitive technologies and methodologies and are presently at low Technology Readiness Levels (e.g. new generation materials and composite structures, validation of new simulation and design methodologies, advanced manufacturing methods, including out-of-autoclave, joining between composites similar or dissimilar media fatigue and damage tolerance behaviour and the related structural health monitoring and repair methodologies, long term behaviour and degradation of eco-efficient surface protection).

―Internal and external Electromagnetic Environment technologies addressing at large electromagnetic immunity problems stemming from the increasing complexity of on-board systems in a composite aero-structures and smart materials environment. Analysis of regulatory and standardisation issues should be provided and certification/qualification issues addressed.

―Development and validation of multi-disciplinary design tools that address key isolated or clustered industrial problems with low degree of confidence that need presently extensive experimental verification. Activities may contribute to advancing further physical understanding of multi-physics phenomena, simulation of manufacturing processes and design of experiments, uncertainty quantification, cross-cutting computational procedures as well as preparatory work for transition to high-performance computing.

Given the strong involvement of SMEs in the supply chain, this topic is particularly relevant for SME participation.

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

Expected Impact:

The actions will contribute towards maintaining the leadership of the European aeronautics industry through increased availability of new innovative design tools, materials, manufacturing and service processes:

―For the condition-based health management, the actions will quantitatively demonstrate potential improvements towards weight benefits, systems complexity and reduced maintenance costs and demonstrate that European primes and suppliers have an agreed common roadmap towards potential exploitation of the results.

―For the novel composite aero-structures, the actions will demonstrate their capability to drive costs down and production rates up using new generation composites as well as nonconventional manufacturing methods.

―For the internal and external electromagnetic environment technologies, the actions will demonstrate that an increase up to 60% of the confidence in the electromagnetic assessment process is feasible. The proposals will also demonstrate that the proposed concepts and development of tools will contribute to substantial reduction of cost (including qualification and certification) and time-to-market.

―For the development and validation of multi-disciplinary design tools, the actions will develop computing solutions for key industrial problems to facilitate the introduction of innovative products and services.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  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 two-stage evaluation:
    For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
    For stage 2: 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:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  2. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    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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  • Flash Call Info MG 2017 2nd stage

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