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New calls for transport research launched

Today, the European Commission launched a new round of FP7 calls for transport research. Researchers and scientists interested in submitting a proposal can do so

The transport calls were introduced in more details at the Infodays on 18 and 19 July 2011. Director of Transport at the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General (DG RTD)external linkAndrás Siegler opened the Information Days on 18 July 2011, reminding participants of the close link between efficient transport and economic growth.         

"The new set of calls for proposals, to be published this week, is another step towards meeting the challenge of an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system that supports the needs of both citizens and businesses," he said, while promising that the procedures for obtaining funding for research have been simplified.

Tiit Jurimae, Head of the European Commission's Aeronautics Research unit said, "In these times of budget difficulties and austerity measures, our attention is on added value. We want to demonstrate that EU research is necessary and that it can have a real impact. This means 'innovation' – bringing research results to market as quickly as possible."

Liam Breslin, Head of the Commission's Surface Transport Research unit, said, "The topics we are presenting are very down to earth, very practical, based on a wide-ranging consultation process. We want greener, smarter and safer transport, but we also put an emphasis on maintaining the competitiveness of our industries."  

The new calls, in brief:

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FP7-AERONAUTICS and AIR TRANSPORT (AAT)-2012-RTD-1

Topics under this call include flight physics, aero-structures, propulsion, human factors and many others. 

Total budget: €136.04 million

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2011 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

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This includes dedicated funding for 'Level 0' research, i.e. research into 'breakthrough and emerging technologies' and 'radical new concepts'.

Total budget: €5 million

Deadline for submission: 25 October 2011 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

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Funding here will go towards expanding co-operation with Japanese research partners on topics such as aeronautical communications, aircraft anti-icing technologies and aero-engine heat exchangers.

Total budget: €4 million

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2011 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

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FP7- SUSTAINABLE SURFACE TRANSPORT (SST)-2012-RTD-1

Topics under this call include marine and maritime environmental impact, rail interoperability, automated urban transport vehicles, intermodality and many more.

Total budget: €114.04 million

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2011 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

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This call makes funding available for 'horizontal' and socio-economic research, including how to make European transport less vulnerable to extreme events such as volcanic eruptions and winter storms, and bringing innovative products and services more quickly to the marketplace.

Total budget: €10 million.

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2011 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Also speaking at the Information Days was Paul Verhoef, Head of Research and Innovative Transport Systems Unit at the Commission's Transport and Mobility Directorate-General (DG MOVE)external link.            

"The old challenges remain the same," he said, "efficiency and competitiveness are still key issues, but we are also facing the new challenges of climate change and reducing our dependence on oil.

"We want to see your research goals going hand-in-hand with our EU policy goals, which are spelled out in the Transport White Paperexternal link," Verhoef said. "Again, the key is getting your results deployed in the real world where they can help people and the economy."

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