9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

  • December 4, 2017

Horizon 2020 Mid Term Review coming to an end

The Horizon 2020 Mid Term Review (MTR) is coming to an end: most of the documentation has been released and the process is in the final stage. ASD intensively followed the evaluation discussions and policy developments.

During this process, the CleanSky and SESAR Joint Undertakings were evaluated extremely positively by external and independent experts.

Examples of CleanSky technological achievements:

  • the Contra-Rotating Open Rotor, a breakthrough architecture, with two counter-rotating, unshrouded fans, allowing it to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 30%.
  • the Laminar-flow “BLADE" helping to improve aviation’s ecological footprint, by bringing a 50% reduction in wing friction and up to 5% lower CO2 emissions.The BLADE project involves 21 European partners with 500 contributors.

Examples of SESAR technological developments:

EU Research and Innovation 

EU Institutions and other stakeholders have already started focusing on the design of the next EU Framework Programme, called FP9 so far. We will closely follow the internal discussions on the FP9 proposal. ASD has reasons to believe that the FP9 proposal should closely follow the MFF proposal. 

Research is the cornerstone of economic growth as well as the life-blood of the aeronautics sector. In the future and despite an increasing challenging environment, Europe must stay a centre of excellence in Aeronautics for the benefit of its citizens (employment, environment protection and mobility for all) and its strategic autonomy. Research allows to meet the societal and market needs for fast and safe transport, combined with challenging environmental requirements, while maintaining and extending Europe’s industrial leadership in this sector. Achieving these ambitious goals will require extensive research and with long-term commitment.

High-Level Group Report on Research & Innovation

The European Commission's High-Level Group of experts, chaired by Pascal Lamy (former Commissioner for Trade and Director General of WTO), was tasked to formulate a vision for the future of European Research and Innovation (R&I) as well as give recommendations for the next EU Framework Programme (FP).

The High Level Group report was published on July 3, 2017 on the occasion of the 'Research & Innovation - Shaping our Future' conference in Brussels and drew 11 recommendations, among which:

  • double the post 2020 EU Research & Innovation programme budget (160 Bn€)
  • promote scale up and innovation
  • adopt a mission-oriented
  • impact-focused approach to address global challenges & involve citizens

In response to the HLG report, ASD wrote a Position Paper entitled 'ASD analysis on the Lab-Fab-App report' published in October 2017.

At the same time, the European Parliament expressed themselves in favour of increasing the budget to 120 to 160 Bn€. 


9th Framework Programme's Structure

The current 3-pillar architecture (Excellent Science, Industrial leadership and Societal Challenges) should be kept, but new elements are appearing:

  • The creation of the European Innovation Council (EIC): The EIC's role and perimeter will be clarified. Pilot cases have been launched and mainly target disruptive innovations and start up or single innovator.
  • Mission orientation: the “mission” concept is under definition: a mission should be understood by any citizen, and describe a quantified and measurable objective. 

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Joint Undertakings (JUs): the SESAR and CleanSky JUs were successful delivering results and their evaluation was carried out by independent experts was very positive. To answer to questions related to PPPs and JUs, ASD wrote a paper with 5 other industry associations and partners to highlight the added value of such instruments and to ask for their continuation in the next FP9. In this paper, four main arguments can be highlighted: 

  • JUs foster strong and innovative ecosystems
  • JUs implement long - term strategies with impactful results
  • JUs effectively implement R&I programmes and projects     
  • JUs demonstrate high socio - economic impact and global competitiveness    

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