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Opportunity profile: Joining a partnership on aviation research

The Clean Sky joint technology initiative is a partnership between the European Commission and industry that aims to improve the environmental performance of aviation through research. Craig Nicholson explains what’s on offer and what’s required.

The first iteration of Clean Sky launched in 2008 and runs until the end of 2017. Clean Sky 2 is also well underway, running from 2014 to 2024. The European Commission is providing up to €1.76 billion for this second iteration from the Horizon 2020 budget, with co-funding from the research organisations involved expected to contribute up to €965m. At least 60 per cent of the Commission funding is being made available via open calls through the Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020.

Clean Sky 2’s research agenda was established by its members, both leaders and core partners. Leaders are organisations that have committed to the programme for its entire duration and are allocated up to 40 per cent of the Commission funding. Core partners are the second-most-involved organisations and will receive up to 30 per cent of the funding. They can be private or public organisations, including universities, research establishments and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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