Fundamental Science and Outreach for Capacity-on-demand and Dynamic Airspace


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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Fundamental Science and Outreach for Capacity-on-demand and Dynamic Airspace


The SESAR 3 JU has identified the following innovative research elements that could be used to achieve the expected outcomes. 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 capacity on demand and dynamic airspace flagship.

Detailed Call Description

  • Human performance challenges in an ATM environment with higher levels of automation. The ATM system can be seen as a joint human–machine cognitive system deriving from an integrated design that optimises the collaboration of actors with a view to improving system performance (R&I need: on-demand ATS). (further details in the Funding&Tenders link)
  • Legal and regulatory challenges in an ATM environment with higher levels of automation. This element covers the challenges related to the means of approval/certification of novel ATM-related airborne and ground systems that enable higher levels of automation (in particular those systems based on ML techniques) by considering both legal and regulatory aspects (including privacy), along with technical aspects (e.g. architecture, system performance, reliability). In addition, potential changes to ATCOs’ licences and training will be assessed, including with regard to the use of conflict detection and resolution support tools by ATCOs in order to ensure capacity growth, in contrast with the trend towards creating smaller sectors where capacity benefits reach a finite limit (R&I need: on-demand ATS).
  • Increasing the use of middle airspace. This element addresses the potential business case for increasing the use of middle airspace (approximately between 15 000 ft and 25 000 ft) by jet engine aircraft and the trade-offs between increased capacity (and reduced delays) through the provision of ATFM slots for flights in middle airspace and increased fuel consumption and environmental impact (R&I need: on-demand ATSs).
  • Integration of air vehicles and personal air vehicles. In the future, new UAVs and personal air vehicles will fly long range and at higher altitudes to feed airports. This research will investigate the necessary seamless integration of those personal air vehicles into a more automated ATM (R&I need: on-demand ATS).
  • Models and theories of behaviour change. An active role for the human factor in system design will be vital to support the transition from the tactical involvement of controllers to management of traffic “by exception”. Research is needed to understand and manage the impact of system changes on human performance and workload in the long term. Readiness to change, barriers to change and likelihood of relapse should be addressed in system design, monitoring and improvement over the long term. Both models of behaviours and behavioural change theories should be investigated as diagnostic tools to explain and predict specific behaviours.

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Thematic Categories

  • Other Services
  • 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: 28/04/2022-for internal use only)