Accelerating digital innovation via a EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub Initiative


As part of our efforts to support the digital transformation of European aviation, we are launching the EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub Initiative, with our Brétigny Experimental Centre orchestrating a number of innovation projects. This Innovation Initiative is designed to accelerate innovation by bringing digital solutions closer to the end-users and accelerating the uptake of digital SESAR solutions in aviation.

These innovation projects aim at solving ‘Operational Challenges’ defined by our Civil and Military operational stakeholders, such as airspace users, ANSPs, airports. We aim to improve the way we serve and connect with our operational partners by working closer with them to develop agile, digital solutions and services that address their real needs.

Solutions will be developed through an agile six-month innovation cycle based on selected stakeholder operational challenges/needs.

EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub Initiative

Call for operational challenges/needs

Any European aviation stakeholder delivering operational services can submit proposals for operational challenges/needs.

The proposals received will be assessed and selected by a committee chaired by EUROCONTROL’s Head of Air Transport Innovation.

Submissions should cover the following sections (input should not exceed three pages):

  • Problem description: please provide a short description of the operational challenges/needs proposed to be solved, when possible, including stakeholders involved, the applicability and relevance of the problem to more than one stakeholder and geographical location, current practices and the flow of data and goods as relevant.
  • Expected operational benefits: please provide a qualitative estimate of the benefits expected from solving the operational challenges/needs.
  • Expected performance improvement: please provide a qualitative estimate of the performance improvement expected from solving the operational challenges/needs.
  • Previous and related work: please summarise when possible, what has been done already or related ongoing initiatives to address the operational challenges/needs if any.
  • Applicant’s contribution: please state the resources your organisation is willing to contribute to the project (data, software, manpower). A minimum of one-person month operational expertise involvement will be required.
  • IPR & confidentiality: please state any constraints concerning intellectual property rights and confidentiality. Note that any prototype developed by EUROCONTROL will be public domain.

Funding and duration

EUROCONTROL is funding the development of the prototype. The applicant is encouraged, however, to complement the innovation team’s resources with their own, recognising that this effort will be borne by the applicant organisation. The involvement of other R&D organisations and manufacturers for non-funded collaboration will be looked upon favourably.

Innovation projects apply an agile approach with a view to shorten innovation cycles; therefore, projects are scheduled for six months followed by a go/no-go decision. One extension is possible if the concept feasibility and its benefits can be demonstrated.

The focus of this second call for operational challenges is to include ATM Military stakeholder challenges in the EUROCONTROL Innovation Initiative activities. The objective is to launch at least two innovation projects for ATM Military stakeholders and one or two additional projects for airports, ANSPs and airspace users.


Each solution addressing a selected ‘Operational Challenge’ will be developed by EUROCONTROL project team.

Proposals for Operational Challenges/Needs should be submitted not later than 30 September 2021.

Bidders are encouraged to submit proposals before the deadline in order to have the opportunity to present the proposed Operational Challenges/Needs to the INO community during the intermediate INO workshops. These INO Challenge Pitch and Q&A sessions open only to operational stakeholders (ANSPs, Airports, Airspace and Civil-Military users) will take place on 24 September and 1 October, from 09:30 to 10:30 CET. Bidders are encouraged to attend these online events. In order to manage the number of attendees, registration is mandatory. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom event connection details.

Registration for our INO Challenge Pitch and Q&A events is open for:

Submit your proposal!

Don't miss this great opportunity. The deadline is 23 September 2021.

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