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TOPIC : Security & cyber-resilience

Topic identifier: RPAS-06
Publication date: 28 June 2016

Types of action: SESAR-RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
14 July 2016
Deadline: 15 November 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-SESAR-2016
Work Programme Part: SESAR Work Plan 2016
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The operation of drones represents a new challenge to society in that, for the first time, airborne assets will be available to anyone to fly, yet which have the capability to invade privacy or to cause distress and damage to people and property. It is essential, therefore, to ensure that the risk to the public is minimised by effective regulation, supported by appropriate technologies. Furthermore, it is essential that the potential for drones to fly where they are not supposed to is minimised as far as possible.


In reference to the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, this topics covers Section 3.5.3 (e) 2) topic a) with regards to geofencing and f).

This topic covers security from three perspectives:

  • Security of the drone system;

  • Security of third parties as a result of the operation of a drone system; and

  • Application of geo-fencing to ensure compliance with mission and airspace constraints.

A project proposing to cover this topic should investigate how to protect the drone system itself to ensure that, not only can it be prevented from performing outside its intended manner through some unexpected interference, for example, but also that the drone could not be unlawfully interfered with in order to deliberately divert it from its intended mission.

Drones have the potential to execute illegal and dangerous activities including, for example, acts of terror. This project will look at ways of reducing the risk of such unlawful interference.

A project proposing to cover this focus should also examine the concept of geo-fencing. This includes examining the UTM concept developed in Work Area 1, including concepts for airspace classification and reservation, and examine options for ensuring that airspace constraints cannot be violated.

This topic covers technological options for both airborne and ground elements, including navigation, communication between air and ground, in-flight updates, network requirements, service provision options etc.

Expected Impact:

There is considerable concern about the security implications of the proliferation of drone operations. This project will analyse the problem so that security issues can be effectively addressed as drone operations are enabled. Geo-fencing can be used advantageously to allow or deny any action of a drone, depending on its position. Successful deployment of such systems should increase safety and prevent unlawful activity by drone operators.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

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 and elaborated in the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016 and part B of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme.

3. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the proposal template.

4. Evaluation

4.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: the evaluation (award) criteria are described in the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, while the procedure, scoring and thresholds are described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

4.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms:

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Self evaluation form
SJU Model Grant Agreement
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.

7. Additional provisions:

Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) . Please also refer to the document SESAR ER RPAS Call Technical Description.

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions and proposals must refer to measures envisaged.

9. SJU additional documents

SESAR ER RPAS Call Technical Description
SJU Annual Work Programme 2016
European ATM Master Plan
Project Execution Guidelines for SESAR 2020 RPAS Exploratory Research
Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Horizon 2020 Specific Programme  


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