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Aero-researchers flock to Clean Sky JTI Information Day

The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative held an 'Information Day' on 10 July 2009 to aid interested parties in responding to Clean Sky's first call for proposals. The event featured presentations by top-level EC officials and industrial researchers.

The Clean Sky info day © Peter Gutierrez
Interest high at Clean Sky
info day
© Peter Gutierrez

Aviation is an essential element of today's global society, bringing people and cultures together and creating economic growth across the globe, but the air transport industry is under increasing pressure to improve the environmental performance of aircraft and the air transport system as a whole.

Clean Sky is a 'Joint Technology Initiative' (JTI) that will develop breakthrough technologies to significantly improve the impact of air transport on the environment.

Interest very high

Clean Sky Interim Director Liam Breslin welcomed a full house to the first Clean Sky Information Day in Brussels. "It has not been easy," he said. "The JTI is a new instrument under the Union's Seventh Research Framework Programme and we have had to develop this new organisation from scratch. But the building blocks are now in place, including important legal and financial arrangements, and we have now launched the first call for proposals."

The JTI concept is one of the major novelties of the Commission’s Seventh Research Framework Programme, representing a clear decision to support research of long duration. Led by industry and backed by the private sector, Clean Sky will support research and deliver innovative solutions, including technology demonstrators, essential for successful market introduction.

Director of the European Commission’s DG RTD Transport Directorate András Siegler said, “The fact that we see so many new faces here today proves that the Clean Sky community is expanding. We believe this initiative represents an enormous new opportunity to develop projects of common interest, especially for smaller partners."

New formula for progress

The Clean Sky JTI does not require applicants to form consortiums, Siegler explained. Anyone, even a single small company or research institute, or indeed a single individual, can apply for funding.

Clean Sky will serve a critical role in unifying our research efforts in the area of air transport environmental performance, making the European Aeronautics sector more competitive, and it will serve as a model for other JTIs just now getting off the ground."

Clean Sky will also work in close coordination with other major EU-funded initiatives, such as SESAR, the Single European Sky implementation programme, now central to the modernisation of European air traffic control infrastructure.

During the Clean Sky Information Day, leading researchers from the five Clean Sky technology domains presented the call topics, while Commission officials explained the procedures to be followed by applicants.

Eric Dautriat © Peter Gutierrez
Eric Dautriat
© Peter Gutierrez

Participants were also introduced to Clean Sky's incoming Director, Eric Dautriat. "Clean Sky is now moving forward quickly and we expect to be completely autonomous before the end of the year," he said. "This means we will be able to function on our own without the help of the Commission."

Dautriat is a respected figure in the air transport industry, having held high positions at SAFRAN, a leading aerospace, security and defence group, before being appointed director of Clean Sky.

First calls launched

The first calls for proposals under the Clean Sky JTI were launched in June 2009, with a strict deadline for application of 5pm on 31 August 2009. Calls address specific technology needs in specific areas:

  • Engines
  • Fixed wing aircraft
  • Aircraft systems
  • Regional aviation
  • Rotorcraft

Work in these areas is meant to help the aeronautics industry reach specific targets for CO 2, NO x and noise reductions, in accordance with guidelines laid out by in the ACARE Strategic Research Agenda.

To respond to the Clean Sky JTI call for proposals, see the relevant CORDIS webpageexternal link.