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Commission presents 'Info Day' on Aeronautics call for proposals

European Commission officials urged potential researchers to put forward new proposals at the Aeronautics Research 'Information Day' in Brussels. The latest call was published on 20 July 2010.

The Aeronautics Info Day. © Peter Gutierrez
The Aeronautics Info Day in
© Peter Gutierrez

Under FP7, a total of 4.16 billion has been allocated for European transport research, including aeronautics. A new call for proposals, ' FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1external link', makes €121.3 million of this funding available for research in the area of aeronautics and air transport.

Where we are

The 'Info Day' on 22 July in Brussels was aimed at informing participants of the state of play in the aeronautics and aviation industries, as well as delivering a clear message about EU transport policy.

András Siegler, Director of Transport at the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General (DG RTD), said, "Our goal is to deliver the best, most efficient and safest air transport system for passengers and for the good of society as a whole. At the same time, we will work to maintain the leading position of our great European aeronautics industry."

Joining the programme was Luc Tytgat, Head of the Air Transport unit at the Commission’s Transport and Mobility Directorate-General (DG MOVE). He outlined in more detail some of the initiatives being undertaken with the help of EU funding.

"We are working to achieve a higher level of integration in aviation," he said. "A wide range of very good collaborative efforts have already been undertaken among partners both within and outside of the Union. We are making progress towards the single sky, addressing improved air traffic management, as well as safety, climate change, human factors, and many other topics, thanks to excellent co-operation at EU level."

The ' Single European Skyexternal link '

SES is an ambitious initiative, launched by the European Commission in 1999, to reform the architecture of European air traffic management (ATM). It puts forward a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than local level. The initiative is coordinated by EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

Key areas covered

András Siegler © Peter Gutierrez
András Siegler
© Peter Gutierrez

Specific topics covered in the new call for proposals include the 'greening' of air transport, improving time and cost efficiency, customer satisfaction and safety, and pioneering the air transport system of the future.

Liam Breslin, Head of the Aeronautics Research unit at DG RTD, urged potential researchers to read the call topics very carefully, to be certain of the appropriateness of their proposals.

Deadline for submission: 17:00 (5pm), Brussels local time, 2 December 2010
For more details, see the call page on the CORDIS websiteexternal link.