NRIA Flyg 2013 is the second incarnation (after NRA Flyg 2010) of the Swedish aeronautics research and innovation agenda for the period up to 2050.
The goal is to strengthen the preconditions for aviation innovation through a number of measures that help creating an international position for Swedish technology in order to deliver social services with increased quality and efficiency, create competitiveness and jobs and meet global societal challenges.
The documents are developed within Vinnova’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agents program by representatives from universities/colleges/institutes (Chalmers, KTH, LiU, HV, BTH, FOI and Swerea), companies (Saab, GKN Aerospace and SMEs) interest organisations (SAI, Teknikföretagen) and authorities (FMV, The Swedish Armed Forces) under the process management of the Swedish Air Transport Society.
Recommendations in short
- Invest in five demonstrators: In order to create a technology advantage for Sweden, we recommend that development of aerospace technology on a national level is focussed 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.
- 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 and so that we can generate highly-skilled jobs domestically. At first, we will focus on 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 aerospace industry. The conditions for the participation of SMEs in research projects and the associated funding models must also be reviewed.
- 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 aerospace sector.
- Establish Forum NRIA Flyg (= Innovair): In order for the direction of our investments within the aerospace 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, focussing and synchronising activities and collaborations, and managing regular follow-ups with analysis and reporting concerning the status of recommendations made and measures taken. Every three years, the forum will be responsible for preparing an updated version of the aerospace research agenda, NRIA Flyg.
An aggregated list of NRIA Flyg objectives, governing the work of Innovair, can be found here.