ATM application-oriented Research for Virtualisation and Cyber-secure Data Sharing


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 Virtualisation and Cyber-secure Data Sharing


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 virtualisation and cybersecure data-sharing flagship.

Detailed Call Description

  • Safety versus cybersecurity. Safety and security are intricately intertwined. The research will identify use cases in which safety risk-mitigating measures and security risk-mitigating measures are in conflict and provide guidance on how to resolve such conflicts during the design phase.
  • New virtualisation business model. Virtualisation (i.e. decoupling the provision of ATM data services from ATSs) is expected to enable a better offer of airspace capacity through collaboration between the NM and ATSUs. New and/or different business models could be identified and investigated, along with the possibility of having emerging new ATM players, which would foster competition in the sector.
  • Improved platform interoperability. This research is about how to improve the sharing and exchange of ATM data via interoperable platforms to improve existing and new ATM services and processes, using both existing data exchange concepts (e.g. SWIM) and new ones. The research should consider the associated cyber-resilience aspects (R&I need: free flow of data among trusted users across borders).
  • Regulatory frameworks for future ATM services. This element will assess the need for new/updated legal and regulatory frameworks for the provision of ATM services in a service-oriented architecture environment. More specifically, operating expense and lower capital expense requirements should be addressed (R&I need: regulations and standards).
  • Evolution of route-charging and cost-recovery mechanisms. This element investigates how route-charging and cost-recovery mechanisms should evolve in order to move towards a service-oriented provision scheme that is supplier independent (R&I need: regulations and standards).
  • Efficient application of standards. This element covers the need for the efficient application of regulations, standards, procedures and guidelines addressing safety, privacy and cyber-resilience risks, which is a key element to protect ATM information and information systems. It is necessary to further develop cyber-resilience regulations, standards, procedures and guidelines, which should be based on ones from other domains (e.g. blockchain) (R&I need: regulations and standards).
  • ML and cybersecurity. This research is aimed at investigating, from a cybersecurity perspective, issues relating to ML techniques for ATM applications, in particular what the risks are, how to perform a risk assessment and what mitigating measures could be effective (R&I need: cyber-resilience).
  • Beyond state-of-the-art cybersecurity standards and methods. This element covers the development of advanced cybersecurity methods (science, technologies and processes), going beyond the state of the art and looking beyond the horizon to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity standards for aviation. 

Call Total Budget


Thematic Categories

  • Information Technology
  • 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: 20/04/2022-for internal use only)