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EU launches major series of calls for transport research proposals

The European Union is making available new funding for key transport research initiatives. Calls for proposals have been launched under the 'Green Cars', 'Ocean of tomorrow' and 'ERA-NET' initiatives, while new international co-operative research with China and Russia will also be funded. 'Information Days' events are set to support calls.

Transport info days are held at the Charlemagne building in Brussels © Peter Gutierrez
Transport info days are held
at the Charlemagne building
in Brussels
© Peter Gutierrez

A major round of new calls for proposals for transport research covers areas such as innovation in air transport, encouraging modal shift and decongesting road transport corridors, upgrading maritime transport systems, improving efficiency and competitiveness in rail freight transport, and many, many others

Key priorities such as the greening of transport, safety and security, remain in place. Funding under the European 'GREEN CARS' initiative, for example, will support work on more electric automobiles, including the development of electric auxiliaries and on-board systems, optimised thermal engine development and integration, and more advanced vehicle concepts.

The European Commission will hold two 'information days' on the new transport research calls on 28 and 29 September 2009 in Brussels. Presentations will address the rationale of the calls, modalities for implementation and details on the individual call topics. Experts from the European Commission will respond to participants' questions, and key brokerage sessions will allow participants to present project ideas, build networks and join consortia.

Focus on marine and maritime research

With an indicative budget of €34 million, an unprecedented joint call under the 'Ocean of tomorrow' includes funding across several themes, including: 'Energy', 'Environment (including Climate Change)'; 'Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology'; 'Socio-economic sciences and Humanities'; 'Transport (including Aeronautics)'.

The European Commission will also hold an information day on the 'Ocean of Tomorrow' calls on 16 September 2009 in Brussels. Again, rationales, modalities and topics will all be addressed. And a brokerage session will also be a key feature of the event.

For more on the 'Ocean of Tomorrow' information day, see  here pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  

New funding for European co-operation with China…

Under the transport research calls for proposals, funding will be available for the exploration of possible co-operative initiatives with the United States of America.

Specific calls for proposals have also been launched for research to be carried out in co-operation with Chinese and Russian partners

Under the call entitled 'FP7-AERONAUTICS and AIR TRANSPORT (AAT)-2010-RTD-CHINA', €3 million will be made available for research in the field of advanced aircraft noise prediction and control methods, in the casting of large titanium aerostructures components, and in flow control for drag reduction and wing aeroelastic optimisation.

The indicative budget of EUR 3 million will be used to fund participants from the EU and Associated Countries. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies (MIIT) of the People's Republic of China has agreed to dedicate to this call a similar budget of EUR 3 million for the funding of the Chinese participants. EU funding will also pay up to 5% of the total eligible costs of Chinese participants in order to cover costs not funded by the People's Republic of China, such as translation, travelling and management.

…and Russia

Meanwhile, under the call 'FP7-AERONAUTICS and AIR TRANSPORT (AAT)-2010-RTD-RUSSIA', €4 million will be made available to fund research in co-operation with Russian partners in areas such as the greening of air transport, ensuring customer satisfaction and safety through enhanced maintenance and operational procedures, and improving cost efficiency by developing novel composite structures and associated manufacturing methods based on geodesic concepts.

Again, the indicative budget of EUR 4 million will be used to fund participants from theEU and Associated Countries, as well as 5% of the total costs of Russian participants.The Department of Aviation Industry (Ministry of Industry and Trade of the RussianFederation) will provide about €4 million for the funding of the Russian participants.

ERA-NET Call 2010

Finally, under another joint call, a total of €21.5 million is being made available for the ERA-NET scheme. Its objective is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes. Crucially, ERA-NET funding will also be spread across several themes: 'Environment (including Climate Change)'; 'Health'; 'Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology'; 'Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies'; and 'Transport (including Aeronautics)'.

Find all calls, deadlines and help in preparing your proposals  hereexternal link