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 Strategic Research Agenda ACARE mark of six priorities of which three are for this call:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • AAT.2010.1.1-6. Enhancing strategic international cooperation with Russia in the field of advanced aerodynamics and innovative design concepts for high- aspect ratio wings and associated high-lift systems
  • AAT.2010.1.1-7. Enhancing strategic international co-operation with Russia in the field of advanced engine noise control based on plasma actuator

AREA Green air transport operations


AREA Operational safety

  • AAT.2010.3.4-6. Enhancing strategic international co-operation with Russia in the field of enhanced maintenance and operational safety


AREA Aircraft development cost

  • AAT.2010.4.1-6. Enhancing strategic international co-operation with Russia in the field of novel composite structures and associated manufacturing methods based on geodesic concepts.
  • AAT.2010.4.1-7. Enhancing strategic international co-operation with Russia in the field of advanced simulation in propulsion

European community funding

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

  • 4,00 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-RUSSIA (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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