COS-DRONES-2016-03-02: Development of a privacy and data protection culture in the unmanned aircraft sector (drones)

COS-DRONES-2016-03-02: Development of a privacy and data protection culture in the unmanned aircraft sector (drones)

The deadline for electronic submission is 4 April 2017 at 17.00 hours (Brussels time). The submission process must be completed by that time.

Any application submitted after the deadline will not be admissible. The IT submission system will automatically verify the exact hour of submission.

The objective of the action is to contribute to the development of a privacy and data protection culture in the unmanned aircraft sector (drones) in the European Union, taking into account the specificities of the different actors –manufacturers, pilots and operators – in order to enable them to cope with their responsibilities and obligations in the field. The action will address only professional activities performed in the EU Member states and focus on the needs of SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs active in the UA field (UA professionals). It will not cover activities performed by public authorities.

The action will support UA activities in all EU Member states. To achieve its objective, the action will develop an online course and a toolbox. The on-line course will provide tailored explanations and training about privacy and data protection to UA manufacturers, pilots and operators. The on-line course will be made of different e-learning modules which will cover all relevant privacy issues and the data protection principles (lawfulness, transparency, purpose limitation, data minimisation, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, accountability, etc.), concepts (pseudonymisation, privacy by design and privacy by default of products and processes, code of conduct, data protection impact assessment, etc.) and requirements (consent, transparency, information, access, etc.) of the recently adopted GDPR. They should take into account specificities of national privacy regulations that may exist in the EU Member States.

The e-learning material produced will result in a coherent and comprehensive course. This course will provide a common minimum training mandatory for all UA professionals as well as modular and progressive training adaptable to the specificities needs of the trainees (manufacturers, pilots, operators and the type of applications performed). The action will provide the following key deliverables:

  • an online course consisting of different e-learning modules providing a flexible tool adaptable to the specific needs of the UA professionals
  • a set of business oriented tools supporting the daily work of UA stakeholders
  • minimum 3 onsite training sessions 

Final training material must be developed in English and minimum two other official EU languages.

Submission of proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 4 April 2017 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

The electronic submission reference for this call is COS-DRONES-2016-03-02.

Please click and access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals. For full details, please consult the text of the call available below.


Applicants must set up a consortium with a designated coordinator. Applicants must be duly established public or private legal entities forming a consortium. The consortium must be composed of at least two legal entities established in two EU Member States. Detailed eligibility criteria are laid out in Section 6 of the call.


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