Call for proposals 2016 - SESAR 2020 RPAS Exploratory Research Call H2020-SESAR-2016-1 Closed!


As part of SESAR 2020, the SESAR Joint Undertaking is seeking through this call to stimulate innovative players to explore initial solutions for a new unmanned traffic management ("UTM") system supporting the cohabitation/sharing of airspace of manned and unmanned systems, which represents a critical market enabler that has not yet been sufficiently addressed at the European level.

The SESAR Exploratory Research into Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will address the key research questions impacting the operation of UAS and RPAS in the very low level (VLL), including beyond visual line of sight (B-VLOS) operations, as well as visual flight rules (VFR) environments (noting that the topic of instrument flight rules (IFR) integration will be addressed in other components of the SESAR 2020 Programme).


Two work areas are defined under this call; these are UAS/RPAS integration operational issues and UAS/RPAS integration technical issues. The first work area on UAS/RPAS integration operational issues (Work Area 1) includes one topic while Work Area 2 is split into 6 further topics

The topics covered by this call are:

  • RPAS-01: SESAR UTM Concept Definition
  • RPAS-02: Drone information management
  • RPAS-03: Aircraft systems
  • RPAS-04: Ground-based technology
  • RPAS-05: Datalink
  • RPAS-06: Security & cyber-resilience
  • RPAS-07: Science for higher levels of automation

European community funding

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

  • 9,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 25 October 2016 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (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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