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TOPIC : Efficient services and infrastructure delivery

Topic identifier: SESAR-VLD1-05-2016
Publication date: 15 December 2016

Types of action: SESAR-IA 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:

This demonstration will address common support function which would allow temporary provision of some services or information such as Flight plan or radar information in order to ensure continuity in the delivery of efficient ATS services in case of major technical failure at one of the ACCs.

With reference to the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, this topic covers Section 3.5.4, sub Work Area 2.1 topic e).

As the airspace of Europe becomes ever more congested, the ability of the Network to absorb the disruption resulting from a significant loss of capacity for numerous reasons, including technical failure, degrades. This has the potential to lead to widespread delays and eventually cancellations to flights which result in unacceptable disruption and unexpected extra costs for airlines and passengers alike.


The aim of this topic is to demonstrate examples of how resilience in ATM service provision can be increased through the geographical decoupling of the ATM Data Service Providers from the Air Traffic Service Units so that, in the event of failure, ATM data services could be provided from a remote location. This concept is known as ‘virtualisation’.

Projects should build on the introductory work conducted within SESAR 1 and SESAR Industrial Research project PJ.16 (‘CWP/HMI’). However, while the latter will be investigating the full scope of the Virtual Centre concept, projects awarded under this topic will have to identify and demonstrate quick-wins that will help to provide valuable insight and experience with the concept of virtualisation, and so provide ‘lessons-learned’ to the wider investigation and developments conducted in SESAR2020.

The services identified as candidates for virtualisation are as follows:

  • Flight Data Management;

  • Flight Data Distribution;

  • Coordination and Transfer;

  • Correlation Management;

  • Correlation Distribution ;

  • Arrival Sequence Distribution and Management (AMAN);

  • Monitoring Aids (MONA) Distribution;

  • Safety Nets (SNET) Distribution and Management;

  • Medium Term Conflict Detection (MTCD) and Management;

Projects should be conducted by at least two ANSPs to develop a common contingency demonstration environment to demonstrate improved continuity of efficient ATM service provision, in high-level en-route airspace, in the event of a major technical failure at one of Europe’s major Air Traffic Control Centres (ACCs). The project will investigate how virtualisation could be used in this regard.

Projects will consider and evaluate the three streams of the virtualisation concept, reporting in detail on each within the scope of the demonstration. The three streams are:

  • Business;

  • Operational; and

  • Technical.

Output from the project should include observations and recommendations for procedural, operational, technological, regulatory and standardisation activities that would be necessary to enable the wider implementation of virtualisation within the ATM domain.

The demonstration activities shall cover the full demonstration lifecycle. This includes development of the concept of the proposed demonstrations, production of all the documentation related to the demonstration (most notably including the demonstration plan and the demonstration report), and results dissemination and communication activities. The demonstrations have to be backed by an appropriate project management structure that is centred on timely delivery, including notably robust quality and risk management.

Expected Impact:

ATM service provision can be severely impacted by serious technical failures and increased resilience of this service provision would provide significant economic benefits to aviation stakeholders and the communities they support.

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:

    Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    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.
  8. SJU Additional documents:

    ER/VLD Call Technical Specifications
    SJU Annual Work Programme

    ATM Master Plan
    Project Execution Guidance for SESAR 2020 VLD (VLD1)
    Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
    Horizon 2020 Specific Programme  


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