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TOPIC : Seamless air mobility

Topic identifier: MG-1.3-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
2nd stage Deadline:
18 March 2014 17:00:00
28 August 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: The European air transport system plays an essential role in creating links between people and exchanges for business, leisure and culture within Europe and worldwide. In 2010, it was capable of transporting over 750 million passengers within the EU airspace relying on 450 airports. It carried also around 22% of EU trade with the rest of the world by value. Today, the typical duration of intra-European flights is short, but the overall time spent in travelling from door to door could be significantly shortened and the accessibility could be improved. In the case of disruption, the response of the air transport system is not yet satisfactory. The challenge is to enhance the time efficiency, seamlessness, robustness and accessibility of the European air transport system.

Scope: The proposed research and innovation actions could target products and services which can enhance customer experience, minimise the duration of the travel of air passengers and provide them with integrated and comprehensive information so as to make informed decisions in selecting, modifying or reconfiguring their travel. They could also target improved accessibility to airports and aircraft, including for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as methods and systems to be put in place in case of major disruption, e.g. volcanic ash clouds, allowing an organised and efficient re-routing of passengers, making the best used of all transport modes.

Research and innovation could target optimised landside operations which can decrease aircraft turnover time, enhance predictability, minimise the time needed for aircraft operations at the airport and maximise freight fluxes.

The SESAR Joint Undertaking addresses research and innovation actions targeting the increase of the capacity of the Air Traffic Management System and airport ATM dependent processes, including for intermodality purposes. Therefore such actions are excluded from this Call.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 to 5 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting smaller or larger amounts.

Expected impact: Actions will demonstrate in a quantified manner their potential to mature the Technology Readiness Level (TRL; please see part G of the General Annexes)  in the range of 1-6, of technologies and concepts that can make a significant contribution towards one or several of the following of the high level goals by 2050:

      90% of the travels involving air transport within Europe can be completed in 4 hours door to door.

      Passengers can make informed decisions.

      Air transport is well connected to other modes.

Actions will also provide ad-hoc indicators to measure the expected progress in terms of, for example, reduction of the travel time, increase in airport capacity, etc., when comparing the situation before the start of the action and after its completion. In the case of novel products and services, the potential markets will be identified together with the potential corresponding volumes / value.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 11. Smart, green and integrated transport en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Latest information on the call evaluation result. en
  • Latest information after closure of the second stage en
  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Latest information on the call en

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