Why the EU supports research and innovation in air transport

Citizens and the environment are heavily affected by air travel. Aircraft emit CO2, nitrogen oxide, fine airborne particles and are noisy. But aviation is vitally important to the economy.

The aeronautics industry is characterised by long development cycles and high technological risks. This means that cooperation between all key private and public organisations is essential to strengthen and streamline research.

Ambitious targets for 2050 are set in Europe's vision for aviation. Research and innovation will play a pivotal role in achieving them.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Apply for open or upcoming calls on the funding and tender opportunities portal

  • COST actions

    COST (European cooperation in science and technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks

  • Connecting Europe Facility - transport

    CEF Transport co-finances projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases


Related events


  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

Related Commission departments