Innovative companies and entities met in Aerópolis to learn about this call, which plans to mobilize projects for a total value of 160 million euros in the aeronautical sector

More than 150 people have attended the presentation in Andalusia of the expected 2022 call for the Aeronautical Technology Plan (PTA) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation and managed by the CDTI, which a budget of 80 million euros for subsidies.

The event, face-to-face and virtual, has been organized in collaboration by the CDTI, CTA, the Ministry of Economic Transformation through the IDEA Agency, Aerópolis and Andalucía Aerospace. During it, the CDTI announced the extension of the deadline for submitting proposals until next July 28.

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

The general director of CTA underlined the strategic importance of the aeronautical industry, due to its efforts in R&D, its export capacity and the generation of qualified employment, and recalled CTA’s support for innovative companies in the sector.

The R&D manager of the 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 Covid19 and stressed the importance of developing programs adapted to the pymes.

Call details

The 2022 call was presented by José María Pérez, from the Department of Large Facilities 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 subsidies, of which 15 million euros will be allocated to the SME modality, 45 to Large Companies and 20 to the new modality of Large Strategic Projects focused exclusively on the use of hydrogen in aircraft.

The PTA will finance projects in competitive competition around the challenges identified in the sector on emission reduction, unmanned aerial vehicles, systems and intelligent and advanced manufacturing. It also aims to strengthen the aeronautical sector, promoting R&D in companies that allows for the technological changes necessary to decarbonize the sector in favor of non-polluting fuels such as hydrogen or the multiplication of drones and air taxis.

Likewise, the PTA will allow the national industry to be trained in disruptive and strategic technologies, in addition to positioning Spanish companies to achieve a better participation in the 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 2021-2023 period, focused on the challenge of decarbonizing air transport, among others. In the first call of the PTA last year, 12 projects were financed for a total value of €80M (€40M in grant).

Success stories

At the event, the successful cases of projects financed in the 2021 call of the PTA of Airbus, Titania and Catec were presented. In addition, a CDTI representative also explained the application of the DNSH (Do No Significant Harm) principle that is required in all projects with financing from the Next Generation EU Funds, as is the case of the PTA.

For his part, the director of CEDEA-INTA, Colonel Carlos Maestro, presented the CEUS project (Center for Experimentation of Unmanned Aerial Platforms) to be built in Huelva with an investment of €28M and which will be a large infrastructure that will provide to the Arenosillo Experimentation Center (CEDEA) of the necessary elements to operate aerial platforms.