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TOPIC : Enabling Aviation Infrastructure: CNS

Topic identifier: SESAR-ER3-05-2016
Publication date: 15 December 2016

Types of action: SESAR-RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
15 December 2016
Deadline: 11 May 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-SESAR-2016
Work Programme Part: SESAR Work Plan 2016
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The current state of the art CNS systems are the result of very slow process where products have performed small incremental evolutions across the years. This process led to an important technological gap between what is implemented in the ATM domain and what is currently available in the public domain.

With reference to the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, this topic covers Section 3.5.4, sub Work area 1.2 topic d).

Projects should investigate ways to brake this cycle and introduce innovative and disruptive technologies that, when applied to the CNS ATM domain could unlock unforeseen possibilities for the community. The investigated solutions should be compatible with the aviation requirements in terms of safety, security etc.


Projects are expected to propose ideas for combining existing on-board and ground equipment for enhancing CNS capabilities. Solution for integrated CNS solutions and the implications of having one technology performing the three services at the same time can be studies (single point of failure..).

In the communications domain future innovative data-link technologies (e.g. high-bandwidth) for ATM going well beyond current ATM developments and taking into account research and development outside ATM should be studied. This should include technology options suitable for the airport domain, continental airspace and oceanic and remote areas (including high latitudes and polar region). Research proposals are expected to address the research issues related to resistance/prevention to jamming and spoofing.

In the navigation domain innovative research ideas for advanced alternative PNT systems should be considered. Furthermore the transition from barometric to geometric (GNSS) altitude for collision avoidance issues can be studied. In addition the re-examination of both vertical and horizontal separation practices are needed in the light of improved navigation accuracy (better than declared RNP performance).

In surveillance domain research projects can address the Surveillance Performance analysis and Quality of Services (QoS) leading to a “performance based surveillance” approach that facilitates adoption of new technologies. Furthermore, research ideas are needed in the assessment of future role of non-cooperative technologies with global coverage (e.g. satellite-based, etc.) for ATM.

Expected Impact:

This research will demonstrate and quantify the potential for CNS developments to improve the efficiency and performance of the ATM system at many levels. Successful research in this topic will have the potential to generate high positive benefits for ATM in terms of resource efficient and fit-for-purpose CNS capabilities as well as improvements in security.

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.
    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 part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme and in the SJU Annual Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the SJU proposal template in the electronic submission system.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in the SJU Annual Work Programme.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 evaluation form
    SJU Model Grant Agreement

            Annotated Grant Agreement

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

 7. 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.

This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:

- The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).

- Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.

- Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

9. SJU additional documents


ER/VLD Call Technical Specifications

SJU Annual Work Programme
ATM Master Plan
Project Execution Guidance for SESAR 2020 Exploratory research (ER3) 
Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Horizon 2020 Specific Programme  


Additional documents

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  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Frequently Asked Questions Batch II en
  • Flash Info Call en

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