The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking has announced 48 new projects as part of its Digital European Sky research and innovation programme. Representing a total investment of EUR 350 million by industry EU Horizon funding, these projects are part of the drive to make European aviation smarter and sustainable and more sustainable.
The scope of the selected projects reflects the research and innovation flagship priorities outlined in the SESAR 3 JU’s multi-annual work programme and in the more recently published bi-annual work programme. They cover a wide range of technologies that are needed in order to deliver the Digital European Sky by 2040, matching the ambitions of the European Green Deal and Europe fit for the digital age initiatives.
The 18 selected exploratory research projects aim to foster new and innovative ideas to transform air traffic management in Europe, as well as to encourage coordinated exchange of knowledge and stimulate the future ATM skilled workforce.
The 30 industrial research and fast-track projects address critical areas for change, including emissions reduction, automation enabled by artificial intelligence, resilient ATM service provision, as well as the swift uptake of solutions for the integration of drones (U-space), urban air mobility, multimodality and climate-neutral operations.
The projects were selected as a result of a call for proposals in 2022 followed by a rigorous evaluation of the submitted proposals by independent experts. The official launch of the projects is subject to the completion of grant preparation in the coming weeks.
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