Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

This Challenge aims to boost the competitiveness of the European transport industries and achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society.

The Transport Challenge is allocated a budget of €6 339 million for the period 2014-2020 and will contribute to four key objectives, each supported by specific activities.

Horizon 2020 will provide funding for a resource efficient transport that respects the environment by making aircraft, vehicles and vessels cleaner and quieter to minimise transport’s systems’s impact on climate and the environment, by developing smart equipment, infrastructures and services and by improving transport and mobility in urban areas.

Horizon 2020 also aims at a better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security with a substantial reduction of traffic congestion; with a substantial improvement in the mobility of people and freight; by developing  new concepts of freight transport and logistics and by reducing accident rates, fatalities and casualties and improving security.

Horizon 2020 supports a global leadership for the European transport industry by reinforcing the competitiveness and performance of European transport manufacturing industries and related services including logistic processes and retain areas of European leadership (e.g. such as aeronautics).

Horizon 2020 targets a socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making. The aim is to support improved policy making which is necessary to promote innovation and meet the challenges raised by transport and the societal needs related to it.

These activities are addressed in this Work Programme by three Calls for proposals:

  1. Mobility for Growth
  2. Green Vehicles
  3. Small Business and Fast Track Innovation for Transport

In addition to the three Calls for proposal, other actions will be implemented by calls for tenders or by other instruments (‘Other actions’). These actions are part of the Transport Challenge envelope and complement the content of the three Calls.


Deadline: Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Deadline: Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Deadline: Tue, 31 Mar 2015


From Wed, 23 Apr 2014 to Fri, 25 Apr 2014
Hilton Prague Hotel, Prague,

AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe is organising its annual convention in Czech Republic with a Young Professional Forum and a Technology Forum for Business and Talents.

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From Tue, 20 May 2014 to Sun, 25 May 2014

ILA Berlin Air Show taking place from May 20-25, 2014 represents the market place and meeting platform for the global aerospace industry, all suppliers and service providers as well as all international clients. Read more

From Mon, 16 Jun 2014 to Thu, 19 Jun 2014
Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki ,

 “ITS in your pocket – proven solutions driving user services” is the theme of the 10th ITS European Congress.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2014

Mercè Griera i Fisa, from the European Commission's DG Connect, speaks about funding opportunities for ICT for Transport in Horizon 2020. Read more

Thu, 13 Feb 2014

In this video Paul Timmers (Director of Sustainable and Secure Society in DG Connect) speaks about the funding opportunities in ICT for societal challenges in the recently launched Horizon 2020 framework programme. This is the first video of a series of 7 each one explaining more in detail the funding opportunities for different societal challenges. Read more


Thu, 23 Jan 2014

The International Partnering Event gives the opportunity during TRA 2014 in Paris to identify and connect with future partners for technology partnering or international projects such as Horizon 2020. Read more

Wed, 11 Dec 2013

On the occasion of TRA 2014, the major conference on transport research held in Paris, TRA Visions Contest, two competitions are launched, one for students and young researchers and one for senior researchers.

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Wed, 11 Dec 2013

National Info Days or sessions about Transport Research in Horizon 2020 and the new funding opportunities are organised betweeen the end of 2013 and early 2014. Read more

Project stories

Tue, 25 Mar 2014

Cities are by definition concentrations of activity, and there should be no big surprise when they get congested and traffic grinds to a halt. But how can modern urban planners manage traffic so that people and goods can move freely, while keeping emissions low at the same time? A European Union (EU)-funded research project is finding answers by testing innovative solutions for more efficient and sustainable transport of cargo. Read more

Thu, 13 Mar 2014

The demand for urban freight delivery is increasing across Europe. Despite the widespread focus on reducing CO2 emissions in cities and adopting more sustainable modes of transportation, this need continues to be met through the use of traditional delivery vans and trucks, which adds to existing congestion and pollution in urban centres. Read more

Wed, 12 Mar 2014

The global car industry faces a big challenge to develop engines that are both efficient and environmentally friendly. But a family-owned Austrian company is hoping to find an answer through research into new technologies like hydrogen fuel cells and nanocomposites. Read more

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