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TOPIC : Coordinating national efforts in modernizing transport infrastructure and provide innovative mobility services

Topic identifier: MG-2-4-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
31 October 2017
Deadline: 04 April 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Europe is faced with a growing need to make transport infrastructure more resilient, and to keep pace with the changing mobility needs and aspirations of people and businesses and to reduce the impact of infrastructure on the environment. It is urgent to find innovative solutions to upgrade transport infrastructure ensuring an adequate performance level that reflects also vehicle and ICT developments. National Transport Authorities are facing a change in their role from infrastructure managers to service providers and a number of relevant activities are being carried out at national and international level. A close collaboration between these activities is necessary to ensure coherence at European level, and avoid duplication of efforts and resources.


Proposals should address all of the following, including National Authorities from at least 10 EU Member/Associated Countries:

  1. Develop a coordination mechanism that will allow National Transport Authorities to align their efforts in modernizing the transport infrastructure network;

  2. Identify new roles and competences for the infrastructure managers/operators to respond to the new and future functionalities of the transport infrastructure;

  3. Consolidate partnerships and alliances between the transport infrastructure stakeholders and the research community;

  4. Continue the coordination activities for information exchange and cross-cutting fertilization between projects funded under Horizon 2020, CEF and national schemes for the optimal exploitation of the results.

Proposals should consider the advancements already achieved with other initiatives (e.g. Infravation EraNet+[1], C-Road[2], RIS[3], PRIME[4]……).

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.8 to EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

A multimodal approach as well as an international dimension are encouraged.

Applicants are invited to read the eligibility and admissibility conditions for this topic.

Expected Impact:

Align Transport Authorities' activities and decision-making options on the development of the core and comprehensive TEN-T, ensuring compatibility and interoperability of the system, and support joint cross-border actions fostering closer collaboration between national authorities. Enable infrastructure managers to provide higher quality and innovative services to users and customers of the transport network; ensure the appropriate flow from research to innovation to implementation; enhance the appropriate communication flow and cross-fertilization between actions.





Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme. 


In order to ensure appropriate coverage, proposals must include National Authorities from at least 10 EU Member/Associated Countries. Proposals without this requirement will be considered ineligible.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.


3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.  
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.


5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20

11. Smart, green and integrated transport WP 2018-20

18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


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