EASA’s Basic Regulation permits the Agency to launch and finance research projects within its competence, which includes safety and environmental protection.
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, environmental protection and standardisation 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 is involved in European research projects through various roles: Contracting Authority through delegation; Consortium partner; Agency experts’ project contribution through Collaboration Agreements; Coordination Action; participation in project Steering Committees, etc.
Involvement in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme
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.
The Clean Sky Call for Proposals (CfP09) includes numerous topics which are also research priorities for the Agency. The same procedure may be applied as above, that EASA may act as a third party providing in-kind contributions against payment.
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 our website under 'Research Projects'.