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Research

EASA’s Basic Regulation permits the Agency to launch and finance research projects within its competence, which includes safety, security, environmental protection and health.

With consideration to the pace of technological developments and changes to business models within aviation, EASA research activities need to expand beyond the Agency’s internal needs and resources.

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.

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 among others responsible for contracting, the technical oversight and the proper dissemination and usage of the research results. 

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

The following research actions have been launched and contracts have been signed:

For the following tender, the deadline for submitting proposals already passed and the Agency is preparing the Award Decision and Contract: 

The tender of the following project has been published and project proposals can be submitted:

Tenders for the remaining projects will be published soon:

  • Fire risks caused by PEDs on-board aircraft
  • Cabin air quality

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 Projects'.