Eric Dautriat on Clean Sky 2

28/06/2012

As everybody in the European research arena is expecting "simplification" from H2020, we have set an example with the possible continuation of Clean Sky: we just call it "Clean Sky 2".

Through different steps, including a public consultation and a formal impact assessment, the relevant proposal from the industry should be ready before the end of this year. Being part of the "Societal Challenges" pillar of Horizon 2020, it will address further high technological maturity and high societal impact. It will build on Clean Sky and aim for a high level of integration on flying test vehicles. It will also prepare for the next wave of technologies able to answer the still more ambitious targets of Flightpath 2050 and the upcoming ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, for the environment and for other goals like mobility and safety. It will strongly contribute to the global leadership of the European aeronautical industry.

Clean Sky 2, building on a successful Public-Private Partnership, should still rely on the leadership of the major European aircraft and systems integrators, and be widely and efficiently open to competition through different kinds of Calls. The definition and prioritization of the projects should be objective-driven, for each of them to demonstrate its impact and its relevance. These projects should start when necessary along the Horizon 2020 period, from 2014 onwards. The participation of SMEs, a strong asset of Clean Sky, should be encouraged and enhanced.

And of course, the lessons learnt from Clean Sky should drive the future Programme into more efficiency and effectiveness. The Joint Undertaking is engaged in this process, interfacing with the industrial leaders, the European Commission and many stakeholders, be they already involved in the current Clean Sky or not. I have no doubt that the case for Clean Sky 2 will convince the European Council and the European Parliament in due time.

Schedule for Clean Sky 2

  • 18 June 2012: The first public consultation was organised and hosted by Clean Sky
  • End June 2012: First draft
  • June-September 2012: Impact Assessment by the European Commission
  • 12 September 2012: Full day public consultation at ILA Berlin
  • November 2012: Full Proposal
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