Fundamental Science and Outreach for Multimodality and Passenger Experience


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 Multimodality and Passenger Experience


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 multimodality and passenger experience flagship.

Detailed Call Description

  • Multimodal airport. This research aims to evaluate the potential impact of and help in designing new mobility solutions’ (e.g. shared mobility). It should cover airport access, include an analysis of the use of connected and autonomous vehicles to access the airport (including studying the trade-offs in terms of the environment, door-to-door travel time, etc.), and examine the addition of UAM to intermodal solutions for airport access (e.g. can UAM help to enlarge an airport’s catchment area?) (R&I need: access to / exit from the airport: airports are obvious multimodal nodes for aviation).
  • UAM impact on multimodality. This element covers research on methods and tools for the evaluation of the impact of UAM on intermodal solutions, including a demand study on UAM services, both passenger and freight, integrated into the multimodal transport chain. The design of intermodal solutions should leverage UAM to connect different airports in the same urban area (i.e. each airport would act as a terminal of the bigger airport) (R&I need: access to / exit from the airport: airports are obvious multimodal nodes for aviation).
  • Multimodality and environment. Environmental aspects will be a major driving factor in shaping the future (air) transport sector. There is a need to investigate the complementarity/substitutability of different modes of transport for certain distance segments: what the role of air transport will be, how future networks will change (e.g. in terms of the distribution of air traffic over different distance segments), how airline fleet composition will change and effects on airport operations.
  • Understanding passenger expectations. Understanding passenger expectations (with regard to origin–destination, travel time, comfort, ecological impact and reliability) is a continuous activity linked to the flexibility/changes over time in demand for modes of transport. How can aviation monitor passenger expectations to improve its offer? How will changing passenger preferences shape the future multimodal transport system (e.g. airport products and services and the airport as a multimodal node) (R&I need: passenger experience at the airport).
  • Anticipating disruptions. This element covers research on methods for predicting disruption in support of proactive mitigation and on suitable management and recovery mechanisms (R&I need: an integrated transport network performance cockpit).

Call Total Budget


Thematic Categories

  • Other Services
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises

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)