The present call for proposals develops the theme "Transport" from the Specific Programme "Cooperation", under the 7th EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities.

The scope of research includes the technologies, services and operations of all the components of the air transport system (i.e. aircraft, airport and air traffic management) from airport kerbside to airport kerbside, excluding the non-travel aspects of the system, ticketing and ground vehicles.

Six Activities are addressed in agreement with the Strategic Research Agenda of ACARE:

  • The Greening of Air Transport : Developing technologies to reduce the environmental impact of aviation with the aim to have the emitted carbon dioxide (CO2), cut specific emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% and halve the perceived noise. Research will focus on furthering green engine technologies including alternative fuels technology as well as improved vehicle efficiency of fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft (including helicopters and tiltrotors), new intelligent low-weight structures, and improved aerodynamics. Issues such as improved aircraft operations at the airport (airside and landside) and air traffic management, manufacturing, maintenance and recycling processes will be included.
  • Increasing Time Efficiency : Realising a step-change in aviation in order to accommodate the projected growth of three times more aircraft movements by improving punctuality in all weather conditions and reducing significantly the time spent in travel-related procedures at airports while maintaining safety. Research will develop and implement an innovative Air Traffic Management (ATM) system within the context of the SESAR initiative, by integrating air, ground and space components, together with traffic flow management and more aircraft autonomy. Design aspects of aircraft to improve handling of passengers and cargo, novel solutions for efficient airport use and connecting air transport to the overall transport system will also be addressed.
  • Ensuring Customer Satisfaction and Safety : Introducing a quantum leap in passenger choice and schedule flexibility, whilst achieving a five-fold reduction in accident rate. New technologies will enable a wider choice of aircraft/engine configurations ranging from wide body to smaller size vehicles including rotorcraft, increased levels of automation in all the elements of the system. Focus will also be on improvements for passengers comfort, well being and new services, cabin logistics systems and active and passive safety measures with special emphasis on the human element. Research will include the adaptation of airport and air traffic operations to different types of vehicles and 24-hour utilisation at acceptable community noise levels.
  • Improving Cost Efficiency : Fostering a competitive supply chain able to halve the time-to-market, and reduce product development and operational costs, resulting in more affordable transport for the citizen. Research will focus on improvements to the whole business process, from conceptual design to product development, manufacturing and in-service operations, including the integration of the supply chain. It will include improved simulation capabilities and automation, technologies and methods for the realisation of innovative and zero-maintenance, including repair and overhaul, aircraft, as well as lean aircraft, airport and air traffic management operations.
  • Protection of Aircraft and passengers (not covered in 2010): Preventing hostile action of any kind to incur injury, loss, damage or disruption to travellers or citizens due to the effects of aircraft misuse. Research will focus on the relevant elements of the air transport system including security measures in cabin and cockpit designs, automatic control and landing in the case of unauthorised use of aircraft, protection against external attacks, as well as security aspects of airspace management and airport operations.
  • Pioneering the Air Transport of the Future: Exploring more radical, environmentally efficient, accessible and innovative technologies that might facilitate the step change required for air transport in the second half of this century and beyond. Research will address aspects such as new propulsion and lifting concepts, new ideas for the interior space of airborne vehicles including design, new airport concepts, new methods of aircraft guidance and control, alternative methods of air transport system operation and their integration with other transport modes.

WP2010 comprises the research and technology development activities that span from basic research to the validation of concepts at component or sub-system level in the appropriate environment through analytical and/or experimental means. The objective of these upstream research activities is to improve the technology base with proven concepts and technologies which could be eventually integrated and validated at a higher system level.


Actions for research, technological development and demonstration aimed at developing the objectives set by the programme will be funded.


AREA Green aircraft

The aim is to ensure more environmentally friendly air transport focussing on the greening and energy optimisation of aircraft operations, without compromising safety. Research work will address a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies for the aircraft, its systems and components for optimum use of energy and reduction of pollution (noise and emissions).

  • AAT.2010.1.1-1. Flight physics
  • AAT.2010.1.1-2. Aerostructures
  • AAT.2010.1.1-3. Propulsion
  • AAT.2010.1.1-4. Systems and equipment
  • AAT.2010.1.1-5. Avionics.

AREA Ecological production and maintenance

The aim is to ensure environmentally friendly air transport activities focussing on the cleanliness of the industrial processes involved in the manufacturing and maintenance of aeronautical products. Research work will address innovative processes able to reduce toxic emissions as well as improving re-usability and disposal. Where appropriate the modification of maintenance rules should be considered.

  • AAT.2010.1.2-1. Production
  • AAT.2010.1.2-2. Maintenance and disposal

AREA Green air transport operations

The aim is to ensure environmentally friendly air transport focussing on the greening of its operations including energy-optimised aircraft operations. Research work will address a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies which will contribute to optimum air traffic management and airport operations for greater fuel efficiency and energy optimised operations in aircraft movements and hence reduced pollution (including noise), as well as to provide tools for improved understanding of the environmental role of aviation and support to European policy-making.

  • AAT.2010.1.3-2. Airports
  • AAT.2010.1.3-3. Design systems and tools - Understanding interactions between air transport, environment and society


AREA Time efficient air transport operations

The aim is to ensure reduced waste time in air transport operations focussing on the improved time-efficiency of basic operational infrastructures, namely the airport and air traffic management. Research work will address a wide range of innovative concepts and methodologies which will result in optimised passenger-related and flight-related airport activities.

  • AAT.2010.2.2-2. Airports


AREA Passenger friendly cabin

The aim is to ensure improved passenger service orientation in aircraft cabin designs. Research work will address a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies, including the exploitation of information and communication technologies, which will contribute to an enhanced flight environment and health conditions in the cabin.

  • AAT.2010.3.1-2. Noise and vibration

AREA Aircraft safety


  • AAT.2010.3.3-1. Aerostructures
  • AAT.2010.3.3-2. Systems and equipment
  • AAT.2010.3.3-3. Avionics

AREA Operational safety

The aim is to ensure that aviation safety remains at current high standards or even improves regardless of air transport growth, through the increased enhancement of the safety in air transport operations.

  • AAT.2010.3.4-1. Design systems and tools


AREA Aircraft development cost

The aim is to ensure cost efficiency in air transport focussing on the reduction of aircraft acquisition costs. Research work will address a wide range of concepts, innovative solutions and technologies which will result in lower lead time and costs of the aircraft and its systems from design to production, including certification, with more competitive supply chain.

  • AAT.2010.4.1-1. Design systems and tools
  • AAT.2010.4.1-2. Aerostructures
  • AAT.2010.4.1-3. Systems and equipment
  • AAT.2010.4.1-4. Avionics
  • AAT.2010.4.1-5. Production

AREA Aircraft operational cost

The aim is to ensure cost efficiency in air transport focussing on the reduction of aircraft - direct operating costs. Research work will address a wide range of concepts, innovative solutions and technologies which will reduce weight, fuel consumption, maintenance, and crew operational costs as main contributors.

  • AAT.2010.4.2-1. Flight physics
  • AAT.2010.4.2-2. Aerostructures
  • AAT.2010.4.2-3. Propulsion
  • AAT.2010.4.2-4. Systems
  • AAT.2010.4.2-5. Avionics

AREA Air Transport system operational cost

The aim is to ensure cost efficiency in air transport focussing on the reduction of the operational costs relevant to the system. Research work will address a wide range of innovative concepts and technologies which will increase cost efficiency in basic operational infrastructures such as airports and air traffic management, including also the human element.
Where issues related to ATM are addressed, work should be complementary and in coordination with the SESAR programme.

  • AAT.2010.4.3-4. Human factors


AREA Breakthrough and emerging technologies

Only through technology breakthroughs air transport will be able to respond to society demands in the second half of this century. Research work will need to adopt a less evolutionary approach and take the risk of exploring more radical departures from conventional thinking which will be able to introduce revolutionary concepts in fundamental disciplines of aircraft design.

  • AAT.2010.6.1-1. Lift
  • AAT.2010.6.1-2. Propulsion
  • AAT.2010.6.1-3. Interior space
  • AAT.2010.6.1-4. Life-cycle

AREA Step changes in air transport operation

In addition to technology breakthroughs in fundamental disciplines of aircraft design, new concepts of the air transport system itself will be needed in the long term. Research work will also need to depart from conventional thinking in order to be able to introduce revolutionary concepts in the operation of the air transport of the future.

  • AAT.2010.6.2-1. Novel air transport vehicles
  • AAT.2010.6.2-2. Guidance and control
  • AAT.2010.6.2-3. Airports

AREA Promising pioneering ideas in air transport

Under the auspices of ACARE, the European Commission funded in 2006-07 the "Out of the Box" study to identify potential new concepts and technologies for air transport in the future, implying radical changes in the system.

  • AAT.2010.6.3-1. The cruiser/feeder concept
  • AAT.2010.6.3-3. Personal air transport systems
  • AAT.2010.6.3-2. Take-off and landing with ground-based power
  • AAT.2010.6.3-4. New sources of aircraft main propulsive power


  • AAT.2010.7-3. Improving passenger choice in air transportation with the incorporation of additional and new vehicles
  • AAT.2010.7-4. Retrofitting for improved sustainability and economic viability of aeronautical products
  • AAT.2010.7-6. Stimulating research with International Cooperation Partner Countries
  • AAT.2010.7-9. Supporting the organisation of conferences and events of special relevance to aeronautics and air transport research
  • AAT.2010.7-11. Stimulating the participation of small and medium size enterprises (SME) and other small organisations for improved integration of the European Research Area
  • AAT.2010.7-12. Assessing and further developing the role of small aircraft in the air transport system
  • AAT.2010.7-13. Observation platform to assess the fulfilment of Vision 2020 goals from technological and institutional standpoints
  • AAT.2010.7-14. Platform to stimulate the development of breakthrough technologies and concepts enabling step changes in aviation
  • AAT.2010.7-15. Updating the strategic agenda for aeronautics and air transport research in Europe
  • AAT.2010.7-16. Exploring opportunities and stimulating research cooperation with the United States of America
  • AAT.2010.7-17. Socio-economic incentives and barriers to innovation in air transport

Documents and further information available at Cordis website

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 101,29 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 14 January 2010 - 11 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • Infopack with call documents (workprogramme, cadidate guide...) (Other)
  • AAT 2010-RTD (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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