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Lofty goals laid out at Clean Sky JTI info day

The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative held an 'Information Day' in Brussels on 15 December 2009, aimed at helping researchers respond to the second Clean Sky call for proposals. Key speakers outlined details of research topics up for new funding and explained how to apply.

Clean Sky JTI info day © Peter Gutierrez
Clean Sky JTI info day
© Peter Gutierrez

"Clean Sky is essentially the operational arm of  ACAREexternal link in the field of environmental performance in aviation," said Clean Sky Executive Director Eric Dautriat. "Our goal is to develop new technologies to mitigate the airline industry's impact on the environment. This includes a 50% reduction of carbon emissions and noise, and an 80% reduction of nitrogen oxides by 2020."

Straight to work

Clean Sky officially became autonomous on 16 November, after a detailed and ultimately positive assessment of the proposed Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Dautriat will report to a Governing Board made up of industry and Commission representatives and directly to the European Council and the Parliament on an annual basis.

"We opened the second Clean Sky call for proposals less than two weeks after having been granted our autonomy," says Dautriat. "We are still in the early phases of this initiative, but we have made getting the research started a priority."

Launched on 25 November, the second Clean Sky Joint call for proposals makes available €8.3 million in funding to cover 24 new research topics. The deadline for submitting proposals is 17:00 CET, 23 February 2010. No exceptions will be made for late applications.

What is ACARE?

The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe has set the agenda for European research in aeronautics with its groundbreaking Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). With the support of key industrial, research and policy stakeholders, the SRA has formed the basis of the European Commission's successive research work programmes.

Experts outline research areas

Eric Dautriat © Peter Gutierrez
Eric Dautriat
© Peter Gutierrez

The information day featured a general introduction to the second call, delivered by Joint Undertaking Coordinating Project Officer Giuseppe Pagnano, followed by key presentations on specific technical areas or 'Integrated Technology Demonstrators' (ITDs), chaired by Project Officer Andrzej Podsadowski.

Research funded under the second call will focus on five different ITDs:

  • Eco-design
  • Green regional aircraft
  • Green rotorcraft
  • Sustainable and green engines
  • Systems for green operations

The second half of the information day featured an in-depth look at the evaluation process, delivered by IT Manager Joseph Cosgrave, and an important presentation on grant agreements and other contractual arrangements by Legal Officer Silvia Polidori. Gerben Klein Lebbink rounded out the day, presenting the views of the National States Representative Group.

Targets to be met on time

For Dautriat, sticking to Clean Sky's well-defined goals and strict timetable are crucial. "With this second call we can say that Clean Sky is now operational in its fully autonomous form. We are still recruiting staff and we have a lot of work to do, but we are moving forward quickly."

For further information on the new call for proposals, see the Clean Sky website: www.cleansky.euexternal link.