The Swedish research and innovation agenda for aeronautics
An updated Swedish aeronautical research and innovation agenda – NRIA Flyg 2016 – was published in May 2016 and can be downloaded below:
The previous version NRIA Flyg 2013 is an agenda for the Swedish aeronautics research and innovation for the period up to 2050. The aim is to strengthen the conditions in the aeronautics sector. The sector view about the Swedish innovation system is presented in a supplementary document.
Another chapter Vision 2050 for Aerospace presents the future as follows:
In 2050, aeronautics research and development in Sweden will have successfully focused on acting as a collaborative partner in international projects and as a supplier of subsystems within these projects. With our specialization in subsystems and structures, as well as our ability to integrate advanced systems, we are the obvious choice of partner. Our strength can be measured in terms of how competitive we are internationally, which makes us an attractive partner in the global market. Our presence in international projects also means that we make a significant contribution to Sweden’s trade balance.
Contributing factors include having effective and internationally competitive manufacturing capabilities in Sweden which strengthen entrepreneurship and the entire innovation system, as well as academic collaboration in networks that take the needs of the market into account. Consensus and consistency is guaranteed by a comprehensive forum for the aeronautics sector. In this way, the aeronautics technology area in our vision is an important contributor to Sweden in its pursuit of its innovation ambitions:
1 to deliver efficient high-quality public services;
2 to create a competitive environment and employment;
3 to address global societal challenges.
The NRIA-Flyg2013 recommendations are summarized in “Four steps for flying innovation”.
1/ Invest in five demonstrators
In order to create a technology advantage for Sweden, we recommend that development of aeronautics technology on a national level is focused on six priority areas of research. It is proposed that the work within these areas is made tangible in the form of five demonstrators, through which we verify our national position and thereby become involved in desirable international collaborations. The five demonstrators are:
– System integration and concept studies
– Integrated structures — wing
– Integrated propulsion
– Propulsion — fan module
– Air traffic management – integrated concept
2/ Strengthen the arenas for aerospace manufacturing
We suggest the development of better structures for SMEs within the manufacturing sector with the support of industrial research institutions. This is to ensure that as much of the chain of innovation as possible shall remain in Sweden such that we can generate highly-skilled jobs domestically. At first, we will focus on advanced production within the field of metal technology from our base in Trollhättan and in the field of composite technology from our base in Linköping.
Pilot programmes must be established with the objective of developing the abilities and technologies of high-tech SMEs in order to enable them to become suppliers to the aeronautics industry. The conditions for participation of SMEs in research projects and the associated funding models must also be reviewed.
3/ Strengthen the research networks
In order for academic research to effectively contribute to innovation, its results must be distributed more quickly to the market. We want to increase the ability of academic organisations through companies providing the necessary details of future market needs. Universities, colleges, and institutes should work together to meet these future needs using the most effective strategies possible. Naturally, this cooperation also applies to organisations beyond the aeronautics sector.
4/ Establish Forum NRIA Flyg (=INNOVAIR)
In order for the direction of our investments within the aeronautics sector to be clear and to ensure widespread consensus, we recommend that a forum be established, which will take ownership of research coordination within Swedish aerospace. The forum will further develop the roadmap for the aerospace sector, focusing and synchronizing activities and collaborations, and managing regular follow-ups with analysis and reporting concerning the status of recommendations made and measures taken. Regularly, the forum will be responsible for preparing an updated version of the aerospace research agenda, NRIA Flyg.