R&T - R&D

The final reports of the CRM_InnoNet project:

Aviation is marked by the high complexity of its products and components, subject to very long Research & Development cycles (up to 20 years), and is therefore technology and capital intensive.  

As such, research efforts need to be based on a long-term programming approach that provides continuity across R&T efforts over many years.

The public sector provides effective and reliable backing for innovation in the aviation sector, via national research programmes in EU Member States, and through aviation research in EU Framework Programmes, such as Horizon 2020.

The competitive position of our systems manufacturers is a clear sign of the innovative capacity and competitiveness of the European Aviation Industry: European companies are world leaders both in civil aircraft and civil helicopters.

However, competition amongst the established aviation nations is becoming tougher, and new contestants are entering the field. For this reason, it must be our aim to secure and build on the strong position of the European Aviation Industry.

If we aim to remain competitive, we will need an innovative aviation industry, making the most of the expertise available in Europe.

The Advisory Council for Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) Community joined forces in the recent months to produce a document which represents the substantive basis for Research and Innovation in European Aviation over the next thirty five years, paving the way for future research in Aeronautics, and has succeeded in highlighting the outstanding significance of aviation of innovation and growth in Europe.

In the form of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), we will benefit from the results of a process of intensive work involving over 250 experts from all fields of European Aviation. This is of great importance for Aeronautics research in Europe in the coming years, as the SRIA proposes a mission-oriented R&D development that will meet European societal and market needs, maintain and extend our industrial leadership, protect the environment and the energy supply, ensure safety and security, and prioritise research, testing capabilities and education.

Through high level Commission meetings and ad-hoc task forces, ASD participates in the coordination of European Research and Technology efforts, ensures optimal and timely involvement of its members, both at National Associations and Industry levels, and carries the industry's positions across to the European Institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament) to attain the desired negotiations outcome.  

ASD Key Priorities in R&D/R&T are:

  • Maintain the visibility and continuity of Aeronautics, Space and Security regarding innovative technological research activities, within Horizon 2020;

  • Continue to support those successful instruments present in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), namely Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Joint Technological Initiatives (JTIs) such as Clean Sky;

  • Contribute to the shaping of common industry positions in support of the Flightpath 2050 Roadmap, with regard to the definition of the main aspects of new technologies;

  • Support the continuation of the Clean Sky JTI by helping to define the scope and objective of Clean Sky;

  • Provide support for Clean Sky 2 by actively engaging with the legislative authorities and processes in Brussels, especially for budgets and improved instruments.

ASD R&T Commission

The Chairman of the Commission is Mr Solly Side, Vice-President for Institutional & European Affairs Thales and Christian Picollet, Senior Vice-President R&T and Innovation at Safran.


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