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  • EUROPEAN COMMISSION Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)

    Call for Proposals

    Facilitating access to regulation for light Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

    COSME Work programme 2014 Access to Market

    COS-WP2014-2-10

    Call identifier: COS-RPAS-2014-2-03

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. INTRODUCTION - BACKGROUND ....................................................................... 4

    2. OBJECTIVE(S) THEME(S) ACTIVITIES OUTPUTS .................................... 5

    2.1. Context .............................................................................................................. 5

    2.2. Objective of the action ...................................................................................... 6

    2.3. Activities to be funded ...................................................................................... 8

    2.3.1. Website design, management, development and sustainability .......... 8

    2.3.2. Awareness tools on the general regulatory context for light RPAS operations ................................................................................. 9

    2.3.3. Information tools providing SME-friendly access to RPAS regulations and requirements in the area of aviation safety, insurance and privacy. ....................................................................... 10

    2.3.4. News corner....................................................................................... 12

    2.3.5. Promotion and communication strategy............................................ 12

    2.3.6. Management and quality control ....................................................... 12

    2.4. Deliverables..................................................................................................... 13

    3. TIMETABLE ............................................................................................................ 13

    4. BUDGET AVAILABLE........................................................................................... 13

    5. ADMISSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS...................................................................... 14

    6. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ........................................................................................ 14

    6.1. Eligible applicants / organizations .................................................................. 14

    6.2. Eligible consortia............................................................................................. 15

    6.3. Implementation period..................................................................................... 15

    7. EXCLUSION CRITERIA......................................................................................... 15

    7.1. Exclusion from participation ........................................................................... 15

    7.2. Exclusion from award...................................................................................... 16

    7.3. Supporting documents ..................................................................................... 16

    8. SELECTION CRITERIA.......................................................................................... 16

    8.1. Financial capacity............................................................................................ 16

    8.2. Operational and technical capacity.................................................................. 17

    9. AWARD CRITERIA................................................................................................. 18

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    10. LEGAL COMMITMENTS....................................................................................... 19

    11. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS..................................................................................... 19

    11.1. General principles............................................................................................ 19

    11.2. Funding forms ................................................................................................. 20

    11.3. Payment arrangements..................................................................................... 23

    11.4. Pre-financing guarantee................................................................................... 23

    12. PUBLICITY .............................................................................................................. 24

    12.1. By the beneficiaries ......................................................................................... 24

    12.2. By EASME...................................................................................................... 24

    13. DATA PROTECTION .............................................................................................. 25

    14. PROCEDURE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS................................... 25

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    1. INTRODUCTION - BACKGROUND

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy1. Whereas they are considered as crucial engines for growth and job creation, their competitiveness is affected by a limited exploitation of international opportunities and innovation prospects in the Single Market and beyond.

    In this context, the Programme for the competitiveness of enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (2014-2020)2, hereinafter referred to as COSME, aims to promote growth and to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union.

    The European Commission highlights in its communication3 "A new era for aviation - Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner" the economic and societal potential offered by the development of innovative civil (governmental, corporate and commercial) applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). It states its intention to support the emergence of a RPAS market and the competitiveness of the related industrial sectors, which include a large number of SMEs and start-ups.

    This call for proposals is based on Article 9(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of 11 December 2013 establishing the COSME 2014-2020 Programme. It aims at setting-up an action to improve SMEs' access to the internal market of civil RPAS application, by raising their awareness and providing them information about applicable national and European law and requirements to operate light RPAS. This call constitutes part of the COSME Work Programme 2014 adopted on the 22 January 20144 and revised on 22 July 20145.

    The contracting authority is the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises6 (hereinafter referred to as "EASME"). EASME is entrusted by the European Commission with, inter alia, the implementation of parts of the COSME programme and the Horizon 2020 programme.

    1 COM (2010)2020 final of 3 March 2010 Europe 2020. A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive

    growth. 2 Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of 11 December 2013 (Official Journal of the European Union L 347/33

    of 20.12.2013). 3 COM(2014)207 of 8 April 2014. 4 Commission Implementing Decision C(2014)247 concerning the adoption of the work programme for

    2014 and the financing for the implementation of Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises.

    5 Commission Implementing Decision C(2014)4993 amending Implementing Decision C(2014)247. 6 EASME was set up by Commission Implementing Decision 2013/771/EU of 17.12.2013 "establishing

    the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and repealing Decisions 2004/20/EC and 2007/372/EC" (Official Journal of the European Union L 341 of 18.12.2013).

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    2. OBJECTIVE(S) THEME(S) ACTIVITIES OUTPUTS

    2.1. Context

    Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems7 (RPAS), commonly called drones, are an emerging technology presenting a huge potential for the development of civil applications and services, especially by SMEs and entrepreneurs.

    In order for this market to develop, RPAS need to be allowed to routinely access the airspace8. This requires the development of regulation and technologies (sense and avoid, secure command and control data link, etc) ensuring that RPAS operations will not degrade the high degree of safety characterising the European aviation system. In addition, risks that civil RPAS applications could bring to citizens' fundamental rights (in particular the protection of private life and personnel data) need also to be properly addressed by authorities and operators in order to have this new technology accepted by the public. An efficient framework for third-party liability and insurance should be in place.

    Integration of RPAS into the aviation system is a complex issue that requires a step by step approach9. The market of civil RPAS applications is expanding progressively, starting with the development by SMEs and entrepreneurs of applications relying primarily on the use of light RPAS10 operating in segregated airspace. It will progressively expand to applications involving more complex operations.

    a) Development of RPAS safety regulation Large RPAS fall under the competency of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Light RPAS are excluded from the current competence of EASA and are ruled by Civil Aviation Authorities at national level. National safety regulation is only slowly emerging. About 10 Member States have adopted today limited regulation enabling restricted civil and commercial operations. Some other Member States are working on it.

    Experience shows that the adoption of even li

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