International coordination in aviation research

Extending and deepening international cooperation in the domain of Research and Innovation for aviation.

ICARe aims at facilitating and increasing International cooperation in civil aviation’s research and innovation roadmaps.

ICARe will assess the interest of cooperation in the field of research & innovation for civil aviation (universities, research centres, aeronautical industries as well as flight operations) for 21 target countries, and elaborate recommendations to the European Commission for future action. The 21 countries are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Israel*, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Serbia*, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland*, Turkey*, Ukraine*, United Arab Emirates and the USA, (*: associated countries).


ICARe is a promising tool for fostering greater cooperation between the European Union, associated and third countries in the domain of Research and Innovation for Civil Aviation, contributing to the achievement of the ACARE SRIA goals for accelerating progress towards FlightPath 2050.

Expected benefits include:

  • building foundations for improved research and development in the aeronautics sector;
  • paving the way towards future multilateral cooperation, focusing in particular on global challenges (e.g. safety, security, emissions reduction, resources efficiency);
  • designing a holistic international cooperation strategy for Europe in the field of civil aviation research and Innovation; • supporting the Horizon 2020 work programme and beyond, including the future evolution of CleanSky and SESAR;
  • a more efficient use of European funding (both public and private).


Erdyn Consultants, Dassault Aviation, Rolls Royce, the Aerospace Valley competitiveness cluster, DLR, ONERA, Thales, BAE Systems, Honeywell, EASA, EASN, CIMNE and IATA.


ICARe is a Coordination and Support Action addressing the international cooperation area of the topic MG-1.5-2016-2017: Identification of gaps, barriers and needs in aviation research.

Europe has a leading position in aviation but needs to maintain and strengthen this position. A new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was elaborated by ACARE to address this challenge.

The international cooperation contributes to the achievement of SRIA goals but requires a dedicated strategy based on a holistic approach and in-depth analysis. ICARe will fulfil this gap and deliver recommendations with regards to International Cooperation for the Aviation Research and Innovation. To do so, ICARe starts with the analysis of past and current cooperation in order to draw lessons. A worldwide mapping of technologies of interest for aviation – even if they originate from other sectors - will be embedded in a secured on-line database. For each of the 21 countries addressed previously by the ACARE INCO group in 2015, a detailed and documented country profile will be established, including technical and non-technical aspects (IPR, trade regulations, cultural barriers and funding organizations, etc.). These results will be enhanced by concrete dialogues and actions through six open platforms with the representatives of selected countries (USA, Japan, Canada, China, Russia and the 6th country to be selected during the project).

Thanks to this approach, ICARe will support the European Commission in the definition of its International cooperation strategy. ICARe will also facilitate existing and future partnerships in order to fulfil the technological needs identified in the SRIA.The consortium includes 12 partners representing industries, operators, research centres, universities, and international organizations, all being members of ACARE’s working group.