According to its basic regulation the EASA Agency may launch and finance research projects in its field of competence which are safety and environmental protection.

Considering the increasing pace of technological developments and operational/business model changes for aviation, the Agency can no longer limit itself to research activities focussing on its internal needs and resources.  

Safety and standardisation are key cross-cutting issues to tackle early as part of research activities and need to be addressed in a coordinated manner with the commensurate involvement of the safety regulators.

Involvement to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme

The role of EASA is to provide advice and guidance to ensure the development of the required solutions ensuring the highest safety performance and standards for the European aviation system, either through the reinforcement of existing capabilities or the development of new ones providing responses to identified shortcomings.

The European Aviation Safety Plan provides the list of required safety actions agreed at European level by the different Stakeholders.

On a regular basis the EASA experts develop the proposals for research projects needed to tackle key safety and standardisation issues. The list of current proposals can be consulted here.

Where suitable, the commitment of EASA expert resources for the projects can be agreed on between the consortia and the Agency prior to the submission of the proposals to the H2020 programme. EASA may act a ‘third party’ during the research action.

Following the 2016 call for proposals on 'Aviation Safety Challenges' a first series of H2020 projects involving EASA experts as technical advisors will start in the coming months.

Recently a call for proposals addressing key challenges for the operations of drones (unmanned aircraft) at low altitudes has been launched by the SESAR 2020 programme, deadline for responses is 25 October 2016.

Please consult SESAR 2020 RPAS EXPLORATORY RESEARCH CALL for more information.

How to contact us?

Further questions on this subject can be addressed to research [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu

Consult our research reports

The list of previous research and studies undertaken by EASA can be found on:

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