ATM application-oriented Research for Air-Ground Integration and Autonomy


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

SESAR Joint Undertaking

Programme Description

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalised European partnership between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky.

Programme Details

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ATM application-oriented Research for Air-Ground Integration and Autonomy


The SESAR 3 JU has identified the following innovative research elements that could be used to achieve the expected outcomes. The list is not intended to be prescriptive; proposals for work on areas other than those listed below are welcome, provided they include adequate background and justification to ensure clear traceability with the R&I needs set out in the SRIA for the air–ground integration and autonomy flagship.

Detailed Call Description

  • Frequency management. This research will investigate, from a gate-to-gate perspective, the automation of air–ground coordination to ensure the use of automatic link and frequency selection for communications by the pilot and ATC. This is expected also to support single-pilot and cross-border operations (R&I need: enabling greater ground and airborne integration and wider performance).
  • Seamless connectivity between ground and aircraft via high-capacity networks. This element covers seamless connectivity between ground and aircraft through the use of high-capacity networks (e.g. novel use of public infrastructure such as 5G for aviation purposes) to transmit ATS communications, virtual guidance, warnings and stop bars to aircraft on the airport surface (R&I need: enabling greater ground and airborne integration and wider performance).
  • Machine-to-machine communication. In addition to human-to-human communication, such as controller–pilot datalink communications (CPDLC), datalink will also support machine-to-machine communication. Technical and operational requirements, as well as use cases and initial validation, will be addressed in this research (R&I need: integrated 4D trajectory automation in support of TBOs).
  • Advanced air–ground integration for general aviation. This activity will ensure that access to all airspace classes remains open to general aviation in an equitable manner and at an affordable cost. as well as the leverage on-board technologies (potentially not certified) in order to guarantee better and safer flights for all general aviation users, including sports aviation.

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Thematic Categories

  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Beneficiaries will be subject to the following additional dissemination obligations:

– Beneficiaries must make proactive efforts to share on a royalty free basis, in a timely manner and as appropriate, all relevant results with the other grants awarded under the same call.

– Beneficiaries must acknowledge and incorporate these obligations in the proposal, outlining the efforts they will make towards meeting them and in Annex I to the Grant Agreement.

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(Publish Date: 27/04/2022-for internal use only)