Industrial Research & Validation 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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Industrial Research & Validation for Capacity-on-Demand and Dynamic Airspace


This topic covers the industrial research required in support of the scalable capacity concept, which requires agility and flexibility in providing capacity where and when it is needed, particularly to maximise the use and performance of limited resources (i.e. airspace and ATCOs). It includes both an increase in the volume of air traffic that can be safely managed per volume of airspace and increased flexibility in the allocation of the controller workforce to offer ATC capacity where it is needed through the virtualisation of ATC provision.

Detailed Call Description

Applications for resilient, cross-border, on-demand ATSs and dynamic airspace management. This will involve the development of applications leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to deliver resilient, cross-border, on-demand ATSs and dynamic airspace management (R&I needs: on-demand ATSs; ATM continuity of service despite disruption). It includes, for example:

  • flexible allocation of resources to where they are required based on traffic demand, irrespective of the controller’s physical location in Europe, while taking into account network optimisation needs;
  • reconfiguration/consolidation of cross-border dynamics and remote ATSs, including the development of operational plans for flexible and dynamic sectorisation taking into account basic complexity indicators based on specific shapes of demand, network flight efficiency needs and existing ATC technology-enabled capabilities, and the application of the virtual centre concept, as well as the operation in real time of the concept;
  • a network performance management cockpit that supports CDM to improve the current monitoring process, combining collected local performance indicators and the use of advanced data science and prediction techniques allowing the identification of unattended business opportunities and the anticipation (and better management) of disruptive operational situations across the network;
  • cross-border flow-centric operations, including full reconciliation of ATFCM measures with other measures/advisories and multiple constraint management., as well as dynamic sector configurations that satisfy traffic flows and are adaptable and proportionate to variable traffic demand;
  • increased flexibility in ATCO validations for a generic pan-European capacity-on-demand service;
  • a resilient ATM system that continues to provide services despite disruption, for example during capacity bottlenecks, adverse weather or national system breakdowns;
  • system health monitoring, tools and procedures for resilience and containment of potential cascade failures in geographically distributed interconnected and interdependent systems.

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

  • Industry
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

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