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ACTIVAL, a success story in the presentation of the 2022 call of the Aerospace Technology Plan

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On June 23, the presentation event was held in Andalusia of the expected 2022 call of the Aerospace Technology Plan (PTA) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation and managed by the CDTI, which has a budget of 80 million euros for grants and is expected to mobilize projects for a total value of 160 million euros in the aerospace sector. The event, both face-to-face and virtual, was organized in collaboration with CDTI, CTA, the IDEA Agency, Aerópolis and Andalucía Aerospace.

During the event, the success stories of projects funded in the 2021 call of the PTA were presented, including ACTIVAL (“Towards a more sustainable and competitive aviation through the implementation of active protection technologies and ultrasound-based sensors in aluminum aerostructures”) in which M&M – Mecanizados y Montajes Aeronáuticos participates. Pedro Astola, head of internal development and innovation of Titania, main partner of the project, was in charge of the presentation. Here you can see his speech:

It should be noted that the CDTI announced at the meeting the extension of the deadline for submission of proposals until July 28.

The event was welcomed by the director of Space, Large Installations and Dual Programs of CDTI, Juan Carlos Cortés; the head of R&D of Andalucía Aerospace, Melanie Durth; and the general director of CTA, Elías Atienza.

The CEO of CTA stressed the strategic importance of the aeronautical industry, for its efforts in R&D, its export capacity and the generation of skilled employment, and recalled the support of CTA to innovative companies in the sector.

The head of R&D of Andalucia Aerospace cluster stressed the importance of specific programs for the aerospace sector such as the PTA, to support the recovery of the sector after the crisis caused by the Covid19 and stressed the importance of developing programs tailored for SMEs.

Details of the call

The 2022 call was presented by José María Pérez, from the Department of Large Installations and Dual Programs of the CDTI, who explained that it will be open from June 8 to July 28 and that it has a budget of 80 million euros in grants, of which 15 million euros will be allocated for the SME modality, 45 for Large Companies and 20 for the new modality of Large Strategic Projects focused exclusively on the use of hydrogen in aircraft.

The PTA will finance projects in competitive concurrence around the challenges identified in the sector on emissions reduction, unmanned aerial vehicles, systems and intelligent and advanced manufacturing. It also aims to strengthen the aeronautical sector, promoting R&D in companies to address the technological changes needed to decarbonize the sector in favor of non-polluting fuels such as hydrogen or the multiplication of drones and air cabs. Likewise, the PTA will enable training the national industry in disruptive and strategic technologies, in addition to positioning Spanish companies to achieve a better participation in large international programs for the development of new aircraft.

The CDTI manages the PTA within the Aerospace PERTE, with a budget of 160M€ for the period 2021-2023, focused on the challenge of decarbonization of air transport among others, In the first call of the PTA last year 12 projects were funded for a total value of 80M€ (40M€ in grant).

*Featured image: CTA