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Impact monitoring of EU Aviation R&I
Horizon Europe - Cluster 5 - Destination 5: Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes
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Project results should deliver an impact monitoring toolbox, including impact assessments, of the European aviation research and innovation - integrating the impact of all Horizon Europe relevant aviation R&I actions along its three pillars and including actions beyond technologies and optimised operations (i.e. use of sustainable aviation fuels and market-based measures).
The proposal is expected to build on and improve an already established reference European toolbox (e.g. developed in retained proposal(s) from HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-14) able to assess the impact of European aviation R&I, which is deployed to perform impact assessments of European relevant aviation R&I actions in Horizon Europe. The European Aviation R&I policy, and aviation policy at large, need a European capability (as open-source as possible) to assess what has been achieved and provide forecast analysis of the expected outcome of technological, operational, fuel and policy options such as market-based-measures (MBM) choices. The toolbox, through its impact assessments, should provide insight that will be used in the communication of the impact and achievements of European, National and private aviation R&I investments. Impact assessments performed in Horizon partnerships and missions are a subset of this toolbox.
The toolbox should:
- incorporate methodological, science-based and validated models that can be traced;
- pay particular attention – beyond CO2 emissions - to non-CO2 emissions and climate-sensitive regions as well as address interdependencies (e.g. noise in the airport vicinity);
- address and improve (as a result of new technologies, aircraft configurations and missions) climate-assessment methods and optimised trajectories towards identifying promising mitigation options;
- integrate and make use of existing toolboxes developed in previous EU R&I Framework Programmes (e.g. TEAM_PLAY, CS2-TE);
- be able to set the level of fidelity for aircraft technologies and air transport system, based on available data;
- have an interactive user interface and incorporate modern open-source visualisation tools;
- be aligned with the European Commission open-source strategy 2020-2023 and be made available for non-profit use for governmental/EU studies from EU Member States/Associated Countries, European Commission, EASA and EEA;
- be aligned with the methodology, assumptions, criteria, and required data for seamless data exchange with the Clean Aviation and SESAR 3 partnerships. The Commission will further take into consideration other Horizon Europe impact assessments and coordinate it with the Clean Aviation Technical Committee and SESAR 3 Scientific Committee.
- include impact assessments of European relevant aviation R&I actions in Horizon Europe.
The participants should work closely together with the relevant European Commission Services, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the Clean Aviation and SERAR3 European Partnerships as well as the European Environment Agency.
Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcome:
- Deliver a toolbox, including impact assessments, that will be the reference choice for the definition and assessment of environmental, climate and competitiveness policy options of future European aviation R&I and regulatory measures (e.g. be used as the reference software to support future European Commission Impact Assessments) and assist EU Member States/Associated Countries, the European Commission and EASA in ICAO Working Groups and other International regulatory agencies. The toolbox, including impact assessments, should also be able to perform trade-off studies, include all aircraft types, address the most cost-effective policy options as a function of time (towards up to 2070) and allow policy makers, industry and scientists to take informed decisions.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
other eligibility criteria
If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.