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Research and innovation

Air transport research

Why the EU supports research and innovation in air transport

Citizens and the environment are heavily affected by air travel. Aircraft emit CO2, nitrogen oxide, fine airborne particles and are noisy. But aviation is vitally important to the economy.

The aeronautics industry is characterised by long development cycles and high technological risks. This means that cooperation between all key private and public organisations is essential to strengthen and streamline research.

Ambitious targets for 2050 are set in Europe's vision for aviation. Research and innovation will play a pivotal role in achieving them.

Factsheet20 June 2022
Research and innovation for aviation

Altogether, EU R&I in aviation contributes to significantly reducing aircraft noise, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, thus improving safety, local air quality and minimising our dependency on imported fossil fuels.

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Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the environment-related calls

COST actions

COST (European cooperation in science and technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks

Projects and results

Horizon Magazine

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

Collaboration and jobs

Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky 2 JU has more than 600 participating entities in 24 countries. It brings together SMEs, research centres universities and industry to develop cutting edge aeronautical technologies.

SESAR Joint Undertaking

SESAR JU brings together over 100 separate organisations to develop solutions that will fundamentally change air traffic management in Europe.

POLIS network

Network for local and regional authorities to work together to promote sustainable mobility by deploying innovative transport solutions.