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UK Information and Networking Day for the Third Call for Core Partners for the European Clean Sky 2 programme on 15 December

KTN is organising the UK information day for potential ’Core Partners’ for a third wave of calls under the €4 billion Clean Sky 2 aeronautical research programme, in the areas of Large Passenger Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, Fast Rotorcraft, Airframe, Engines and Systems.

The Clean Sky 2 Info Day on the third Call for Core Partners in London will be held on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 from 9:30 to 17:00 (GMT) at Department for Business, Innovation & Skills - 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET. There will also be opportunities to pitch your offerings and what you are seeking from potential partners in a networking session brokered by KTN.


Clean Sky 2

The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking (CSJU) is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry that coordinates and funds research activities to deliver significantly quieter and more environmentally friendly aircraft. The CSJU manages the initial Clean Sky Programme (CS) which runs from 2008-2016 with a budget of €1.6 billion, and now the Clean Sky 2 Programme (CS2) that runs from 2014 to 2024.

CS2 is classed as a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private partnership bringing together companies, universities, public laboratories, innovative SMEs and the European Commission. It has a budget of €4 billion, with the EU contributing €1.8 billion from the Horizon 2020 programme budget.

The specific objectives of CS2 includes:

  • increasing aircraft fuel efficiency, thus reducing CO2 emissions by between 20 to 30%; and
  • reducing aircraft NOx and noise emissions by between 20 to 30% compared to ‘state-of-the-art’ aircraft entering into service as from 2014.


Third wave of calls

A Third Call for Core Partners under CS2 was published on 22 October, featuring 22 specific calls, each with a deadline for applications of 4 February 2016.


London Information Day 15 December

The London Information Day will mainly focus on the Clean Sky 2 Programme and the overview of the topics open in the call. The aim is help business, research, academics finding the right opportunities in the frame of the Clean Sky 2 Programme.

This event is promoted as a great opportunity for any applicants interested in participating in the Clean Sky 2 Programme as Core Partners to meet the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking and the Leaders of the Programme, as well as find out more about National opportunities and meet potential partners for applications.

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their offerings as well as what each is seeking to the other attendees.

Please register via KTN’s Eventbrite Registration page by 4 December 2015.

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