Industrial Research & Validation for Aviation Green Deal


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

Identifier Code



Industrial Research & Validation for Aviation Green Deal


Environment. The proposed concept will open the door to a better understanding of the climate impact of non-CO2 emissions, especially vis-a vis the trade-off with CO2. It will also make it possible to mitigate part of the non-CO2 impact by effectively tackling contrail formation.
Capacity. A high level of automation will make it possible to introduce the proposed concepts without a negative impact on capacity.
Safety. The development of adequate system support for the new concepts, based on a high level of automation and their validation in an operational environment, will guarantee that safety levels are either maintained or increased.

Detailed Call Description

  • Eco-friendly trajectories. When specific conditions are met – typically traffic conditions – an area can be declared eco-friendly by ATC. Eco-friendly operations are implemented with the aim of minimising the flight environmental footprint. Such implementation relies typically on improved collaboration between pilot and controller and/or between controllers in the planning and execution of the flight. Increased flexibility in the management of the flight makes it possible to optimise the flight profile to improve environmental performance.
  • Wake Energy Retrieval (WER) in continental en-route airspace. WER is an ADS-B-in application that allows aircraft to reduce fuel-burn by flying closely behind another aircraft, thus taking advantage of some of the residual lift of the leader. From an ATM point of view, the challenge is to identify WER candidate pairs and manage the rendezvous. In low-density airspace, continental airspace and/or oceanic/remote airspace, previous R&D has shown the feasibility of strategically planning the rendezvous (before departure) and then executing it by adjusting take-off times and speeds, and this concept is ready for demonstration. The industrial research activities in this topic will address the development and validation of a concept of operations for scaling up the WER concept to all en-route operational environments.
  • Development of a meteorological service to publish and dynamically update information on ECHO areas. This element builds on previous SESAR work on environmental change functions and is aimed at aggregating the environmental impact assessment into a single continuously updated ECHO area publishing service; it may also include the development of required technical enablers (measurement capabilities, aircraft sensors, satellites functions, etc.).

(further details in the Funding&Tenders page)

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The funding rate is 70 % of the eligible costs regardless of the legal status of the Beneficiary.

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Transport

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • 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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EU Contact Point


(Publish Date: 19/04/2022-for internal use only)