2007-10-21 - EU resarch programme 7EU Commission launches FP7 research program
Neue Forschungsgelder für Luftfahrindustrie<br /> The European Commission unveiled the results of the first EU-wide call for research proposals in aeronautics and air transport under the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).
The 36 highly innovative projects selected in that first call should bring important advances into greener, safer, more secure air transport and improved cost efficiency in aeronautics - FP7's research priority themes. Euro217 million is available for this first batch of projects, out of a total of Euro2.1 billion for aeronautics research in the years 2007 to 2013. The projects were selected following an evaluation by independent experts, and are now subject to final contract negotiations between the project teams and the European Commission.
This first call in the area of aeronautics, with a budget of 217 million, received nearly 200 proposals, with the partners coming from across Europe and beyond. There was particularly strong interest from Central and Eastern Europe and third countries. The best 36 proposals, as identified by independent external evaluators, were selected for funding. They include innovative research into key areas such as flight physics and alternative fuels to reduce CO 2 emissions; new systems to improve the safety of aircraft in bad weather; advances in 'self repairing' capability for aircraft materials; and blast-proof cabin secondary structures. Competitiveness is also a key preoccupation, with a number of projects specifically targeting production and development costs of airframe, structures, engines and components.
The projects include 26 collaborative research projects; 6 coordination and support actions aimed at stimulating participation of SMEs and a wide range of Member States; and 4 large projects aimed at bringing innovative technologies closer to market. The four largest projects, which will alone receive half of the funding, involve major players in the air transport industry with the dual goal of reinforcing Europe's industrial leadership and responding to environmental and safety concerns.