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Research

EASA’s Basic Regulation permits the Agency to launch and finance research projects within its competence. Safety, security, environmental protection, and health topics are key cross-cutting issues to be tackled as early as possible within research activities and need to be addressed in a coordinated manner with the commensurate involvement of the regulators.

EASA & Horizon Europe Work Programme - for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

Following the approval of the Horizon Europe Work Programme by the European Commission on June 15, 2021, EASA has been entrusted with the additional management of six large research actions, covering a budget of 14.2M Euro and spanning over 16 different projects.

Overview research actions and associated tenders:

Research Actions Budget (M€)* Number
of tenders

Lessons-learnt from recent accidents / incidents in Air Transport

3.40 4

Safety standards for the introduction of key concepts and technologies 

3.40 5

Solutions for runway safety

2.10 2

Standards supporting the digital transformation of aviation

2.10 1

Development of new aviation health safety standards (for flight crews)

1.70 3

Impact of security measures on safety

1.50 1

The next milestone will be the signature of a contribution agreement between the European Commission and EASA, detailing the contributions EASA will receive for the tasks it is to carry out and defining the relations between EASA as the contracting authority and organisations that will be contracted through tender procedures.

EASA’s website has a dedicated page listing all ‘Calls for tender’ once they are published in the eTendering tool of the European Institutions and we recommend interested parties to regularly check the page for upcoming tenders related to the Horizon Europe Work Programme.

All research actions are financed to 100% by the Horizon Europe research programme of the European Union. 

For more information, please review the ‘Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-20220’ as published by the European Commission.


Involvement in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme as Contracting Authority

The European Commission has entrusted EASA with the management of nine urgent research actions in the area of environmental protection and aviation safety. Under this agreement, EASA is responsible for contracting, the technical oversight and the proper dissemination and usage of the research results. of nine urgent research actions in the area of environmental protection and aviation safety.

All research actions are financed to 100% by the H2020 research programme of the European Union. 

Overview of research actions and projects for which contracts have been put in place:

Tenders of the following projects are currently in the evaluation phase:


Support to research projects

EASA is involved in several European and national research projects usually in an advising role. EASA provides advice and guidance as required to ensure the development of the required solutions whilst ensuring the highest safety performance, environmental protection and standards for the European aviation system. This is achieved either through the reinforcement of existing capabilities or the development of new ones in order to provide responses to identified shortcomings.

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) provides the list of required safety actions that have been agreed upon at the European level by the various Stakeholders. 

On a regular basis, EASA experts develop topics and requests for research projects that are needed to tackle key safety, environmental protection and security issues. These topics are registered, assessed and finally prioritised in a yearly ‘Research Plan’ which becomes part of the EPAS. An extract of the Research plan is the ‘Research Agenda’, which groups the requests for a given period.

Where suitable, the commitment of EASA expert resources for projects can be agreed upon by consortia and the Agency prior to the submission of the proposals to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. EASA may act as a third party providing in-kind contributions against payment. 

Please consult the published Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 - 2020 for more information, in particular the Societal Challenge “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport”, including aeronautics.

Furthermore, the Clean Sky Call for Proposals includes numerous topics which are also research priorities for the Agency.

The following link provides an Overview of Research Projects with EASA involvement.

How to contact us?

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

Consult our research reports

The list of previous research and studies undertaken by EASA can be found on our website under 'Research Reports'.