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Support for Realising New Member and Associate States' Potentials in Transport Research

State of the Art - Background

TransNEW is a European Research project aimed at supporting transport research activities in the new Member States and Associated States of Europe. It aims to stimulate, encourage and facilitate the participation of the new Member States and particularly small to medium-sized enterprises in national, regional and European research. TransNEW covers all transport modes, including aeronautics, and aims to exploit the synergies between air transport and surface transport. This means that the national transport research capability for 26 countries will be defined and the information will be available to all through the use of a publicly accessible user-friendly database.


To achieve the overall goals of the project there will be a collation of transport research data concerning the countries involved and this will be built on to use in the database as a tool for finding potential partners for local, national and European projects and also to identify any gaps in the current transport research arena.

The database information will also highlight the strengths and weaknesses in transport research throughout both the countries and the regions. One of the aims here is to make this database available for public access via the Internet to enable networking and partner searching. The database will continue to grow after the life of the project as information can be directly input by any interested parties.

The overall objectives will be achieved by each partner in the project having a responsibility. The work is divided into regions:

- The Baltic States will cover Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania;

- Central Europe will cover the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary;

- The West Balkan States will look at Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia;

- The South Balkans and the Mediterranean look at Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey in the South Balkans region, and Cyprus and Malta in the Mediterranean;

- The Associated States covers research in Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Israel and Lichtenstein.

Description of Work

The work will be split into work packages (WP). WP1-5 determine the transport research capacities through national research projects plus the patterns and levels of collaboration on a regional and European level. This will maximise the benefits of regional transport research collaboration.

WP0: Management of TransNEW.

WP1: The Baltic States.

WP2: Central Europe.

WP3: West Balkan States: an extra goal here is to formulate the first steps towards a Transport Research Plan for the West Balkans.

WP4: South Balkans and the Mediterranean: in addition, shipping will be considered for the island partners. An important consideration is the corridor to the East through Moldova and the transport situation in Moldova will be considered in this context.

WP5: Associated States.

WP6-8 will deal with moving further towards the overall goals of the project.

WP6: Mode evaluation aims to enhance the market uptake of transport research results and capability through a transfer of knowledge to the transport modes and know-how to new Member States.

WP7: Dissemination. Amongst the dissemination activities are:

- expanding the project methodology to assess the current research;

- interactive workshops;

- the creation a of TransNEW website;

- three national proposals;

- partner search services via a database.

WP8: Database development, population and validation.

Expected Results

A user-friendly publicly accessible database will allow direct input and search facilities for users.

Eight regional workshops will be held during the project in the countries or regions of the work package leaders: Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Turkey. This will increase awareness of the project and facilitate data collection in terms of research opportunities and potential and future research opportunities, and will also add delegate profiles to the database.

Strategic impact: The strategic impact of TransNEW will be to bring together knowledge about the current levels of transport research expertise in countries in the new Member States. This network will include public bodies such as universities, ministries and private organisations, particularly focusing on small to medium-sized enterprises. Exploitation of the TransNEW work will be through the continued updating of the database after the life of the project. This will ensure that countries will still be able to access potential project partners for local, national and EU projects. Knowledge will continue to be disseminated via the website and promoted by project partners with regard to the continued public access via networking at conference and other events.