Industrial Research & Validation for Master Plan Phase C Air-ground Integration and Autonomy


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.

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Industrial Research & Validation for Master Plan Phase C Air-ground Integration and Autonomy


This topic covers the industrial research required to achieve TRL6 maturity level for the evolution of the air – ground communication infrastructure, supporting technologies and operational concepts, as expected in phase C of the European ATM Master Plan 2020.

Detailed Call Description

  • TBO data-driven trajectory prediction and conflict resolution. Achieve TRL6 for a common data-driven trajectory prediction and conflict detection/resolution multi-sector capability/service (i.e. for use in the medium term) based on AI and ML and enabling advanced separation support to be provided to controllers. Enhanced resolution support (e.g. what-ifs and resolution advisory tools and services) should be provided based on predictive conflict detection and associated monitoring features, including additional trajectory prediction improvements using the most relevant elements of ADS-C EPP and known constraints, and the application of ML and big data techniques (PJ.18-W2-56).
  • Aircraft as an aeronautical/meteorological information sensor and consumer. Improved understanding and prediction of weather conditions contributes to enhanced flight safety and efficiency. In addition to information from on-board sensors, pilots receive updates in various formats via datalink, including simple text messages, graphics and satellite images. SESAR is examining novel and robust ways to support intelligent data pre-processing, smart filtering and integration, both on the ground and on board the aircraft, for the two-way exchange of meteorological data. Moving to SWIM-based technology will enable standardised exchange of information.  The research will contribute to the work of EUROCAE Working Group 76 and RTCA Special Committee 206 on meteorological datalink standardisation, and ICAO is also developing standards for turbulence and space weather data, which could be downlinked or uplinked via a SWIM purple profile service.
  • IFR RPAS integration in controlled Class A–C airspace. Achieve TRL6 for full IFR RPAS integration by developing the technical capabilities of the remote pilot station and RPAS air vehicle and procedural means to allow IFR RPAS to comply with the same ATC instructions that are used for manned aviation. This also covers the development of new procedures and tools for handling IFR RPAS in a cooperative environment in full integration with manned aviation (e.g. contingency procedures, adaptation of flight-planning processes, ATC tools and procedures to account for RPAS specificities, consideration of RPAS in the assessment of complexity, and separation minima for RPAS). The scope includes both en-route and TMA operations, including take-off and landing, as well as the airport surface and also FMP/NM for DCB purposes.
  • ATM–U-space interface and supporting technologies. Complete the U-space–ATM interface solutions, incorporating in particular the needs identified in the results emerging from SESAR U-space projects, with a view to achieving a consolidated definition of U2 services and completing the validation of the required interfaces with ATM, as well as securing a baseline for U3 services and supporting the delivery of the European Commission’s drone strategy 2.0. Cooperation with ongoing EASA and European standardisation activities is essential.

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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
  • Space

Eligibility for Participation

  • 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)