APPROACH

The assessment of the state-of-the-art of research and innovation addressing the ACARE Flightpath 2050 safety related goals is done in the context of the SRIA. The SRIA provides a top-down structure of goals, constituting enablers (‘what is required to achieve the goals?’), constituting capabilities (‘how can it be achieved?’), and estimated planned dates for achievement of the capabilities and the perceived needs in research and innovation.
The assessment accordingly follows a bottom-up approach. Each year, an increasingly large set of projects are selected for assessment. These projects are mapped onto the SRIA capabilities, and next individually assessed with respect to a number of metrics. Then, the assessment results are aggregated at the level of the capabilities, then the enablers, and preferably also the goals. Yearly, this should lead to an identification of e.g., research results that provide opportunity for quick-wins, areas in the SRIA for which no research is being performed, perceived delays in the realization of the SRIA, bottlenecks in performing research, and bottlenecks in the uptake and transformation of research into products and services. Strategic recommendations are next be based on this.

A market and societal impact assessment complements the above safety research assessment. This assessment is targeted at addressing the impacts of the safety research outcomes, especially focusing on socio-economic benefits. It is conducted in a dedicated assessment framework that includes a number of carefully selected socio-economic indicators and associated metrics. Relevant use cases will be selected by the consortium to demonstrate the applicability of the developed approach. Qualitative interviews and/ or workshops will be conducted to assess the impact of safety research on selected societal and market benefits.

The methodology and the framework for these activities are developed in a dedicated work package (WP1). Lessons learned from previous projects with similar objectives are taken into account in this methodology development. Appropriate indicators are identified and selected for measuring the state-of-art of safety research and innovation and for measuring the associated socio-economic benefits. The methodology is fine-tuned in coordination with the Optics Advisory Board and ACARE WG4.
The assessments take place in WP2, and they use the WP1 outputs in an iterative manner: The methodology and the framework are developed further according to requirements identified from the assessments.