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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

Smart investment, notably in research and innovation, is vital in order to maintain high standards of living while dealing with pressing societal challenges such as climate change, an ageing population, or the move towards a more resource-efficient society.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument started in 2014 aiming at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. It represents the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, with billions of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).

Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament agreed that research is an investment in our future and put H2020 at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as a means to drive economic progress and create jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this objective with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to big challenges facing our society.


Innovation is a key factor in putting Europe back on the track to growth, with a strong focus on creating business opportunities out of our response to the major concerns common to people.

The SME Instrument, introduced by Horizon 2020, is a key element of the funding for small businesses available. Through it, the European Union wants to finance the most innovative small companies, with a high growth potential.

KITE Solutions has won Phase 1 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for innovation research for Transport, out of 2.666 proposals and 155 winners throughout all Europe.

In aviation, experience has shown that accidents are often preceded by safety-related incidents and occurrences revealing hazards at technological level, human factors and organisational deficiencies, but solely reactive interventions have limited efficacy. Existing legislative acts of the Union impose obligations on organizations involved in aviation activities to establish occurrence-reporting systems in the context of their Safety Management System supporting the performance of safety and risk assessment evaluations, utilising appropriate methods and techniques, coupled with specific information about an organization. The implementation of occurrence reporting should be proportionate to the size of an organization and the scope of its activity. However, the community of SMEs active in Europe in Aviation face serious issues both of data availability and specific methodologies, due to the fact that they experience only very few occurrences and events per year and are not very familiar with practical implementation of risk assessment approaches. Consequently, they need data, information about incidents and abnormal occurrences, as well as useful correlations for hazards analysis.

This project aims at offering the possibility for SMEs to Share Knowledge for Effective Management of Aviation Safety (SKEMAS). The SKEMAS tool will enable SMEs both to fully comply with existing regulation and to enrich their usually scarce data sets in view for more complete and more realistic safety analysis. The generation of a shared database of methods for risk analysis and real data on occurrences and events will represent a substantial source of information and data, enabling to carry out valuable statistical analysis and risk assessment.