- WP E is managed on behalf of the SESAR Joint Undertaking by a small team based at the Eurocontrol Experimental Centre in Brétigny-sur-Orge, France. It is supported by the SESAR Scientific Committee.
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- Dr Colin MECKIFF
- Marc BOURGOIS
- Dr Dirk SCHAEFER
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WPE, SESAR’s Work Package focusing on long-term and innovative research, has published its second call for projects. A budget of EUR 9 million is available to co-finance universities, research institutes and other organisations to undertake research projects that address one or more of the themes set out in the new Thematic Programme.
Deadline to submit offers: 18 October 2012
More details and call documentation are available here
Arguments for a positive approach to long-term research and innovation in all branches of industry are well understood. In particular, the need to build the European economy on strong foundations of knowledge, research and innovation is reiterated in many EU declarations and treaties, and is seen as the key to growth, jobs and prosperity.
This is as true for air transport and ATM as it is for any other industry. It is vital that research competence is built and maintained so that Europe can play a significant and lasting role in the global arena. A framework is needed that will maximise potential returns in this traditionally under-funded area.
The WP-E Vision
The contribution of WP-E is twofold:
- First, it is a catalyst to create a healthy European research capability for ATM and related air transport that will persist beyond the lifetime of the SESAR development programme,
- Secondly, it makes provision and provides funding for research activities that are not currently part of the ‘mainstream’ SESAR workpackages. Such research addresses applications to become operational beyond the nominal SESAR timeframe and also allows for innovative work that may have application in the nearer term.
How WP-E works
WP-E uses two functional instruments:
- Research networks provide a structured way to build research knowledge, competence and capability that should serve the industry in the long term. Each network comprises partners from academia, research establishments, industry etc. that share a common expertise or interest in a relevant air traffic management or transportation domain.
- Research projects will explore new ideas essentially for the long term but which may also be targeted at innovation applicable in short- and mid-terms. As with the networks, projects will be multi-partner undertakings.
Networks and projects are selected following open calls. Important factors when considering networks and projects will be:
- The ability to attract high-quality research partners for the networks, and innovative proposals for the projects;
- The potential for cross-fertilisation between the networks;
- The need for visible progress, to be verified by regular reviews of network and project activities;
- The need for WP-E research to take account of ongoing ATM Master Plan activities;
- The desire for quick wins: opportunities for research results to be applied for short-term benefit.
The new Thematic Programme released May 2012 addresses five Research Themes:
- Towards Higher Levels of Automation in ATM
- Mastering Complex Systems Safely
- System Architecture and System Design
- Information Management, Uncertainty and Optimisation
- Enabling Change in ATM (non-technical aspects)
The Thematic Programme is available here.