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Innovation for our future mobility

The projects showcased in this folder give you an overview of some of the results from European transport research and the impact they could have on our future society and your future mobility.

Tags: Competitiveness, Co-modality, Greening of transport, Safety and security, Urban mobility, Air, Multimodal, Rail, Road, Water

The Transport Directorate of the European Commission's DG for Research and Innovation strives to support excellent European research projects in the field of transport: projects that contribute to a cleaner, safer and smarter pan-European transport system and to a more competitive European continent. To this end, a budget of €4.16 billion is reserved under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, from 2007-2013). The research funded ranges from wholly novel approaches to transport, to refining existing technology. It relies on hands-on experience from SMEs as much as on the knowledge of young academics and real life needs of manufacturers. 

The projects showcased in this folder give you an overview of some of the results from European transport research and the impact they could have on our future society and your future mobility.

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How 20 years of EU research cleaned up the internal combustion engine, and made it drive better
More efficient - less polluting

Tags: Greening of transport, Multimodal, Road, Water, Rail

Twenty years of research, from the Third Framework Programme for Research (FP3) to the Seventh (FP7), have been devoted to helping the EU meet emissions targets, both for noxious substances and greenhouse gases. Dealing with everything from new exhaust after treatment systems for passenger cars to alternative fuels and the challenges surrounding greening heavy commercial vehicles, this brochure provides a detailed overview of this journey and of the various EU-funded projects that continue to contribute to this effort.

Combining efficiency and reliability with sustainability is a major priority of the EU’s transport policy, and when it comes to the internal combustion engine the EU has been at the forefront of efforts to clean it up and make it fuel efficient. As awareness grew of the devastating effects emissions from the transport sector have on the environment, so too did innovation in combustion engine and power train technologies.

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Tips for project coordinators
Communicating EU Transport Research

Communication, dissemination and exploitation — a team working on an FP7 project is called upon to take part in various activities that will bring their research to the attention of as many relevant people as possible.

With a little creativity, strategic communication efforts can help publicise your work in such a way that you will profit: through new business opportunities, a larger network or increased awareness about your work. This short guide will help you attain just that.

You will be given a clear overview of contractual requirements and their intended use. You will be inspired by some good practices from fellow project coordinators. And you will find a helpful checklist to help improve your own communication activities right from the start of your project.

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What the European Commission is funding: all project synopses

The project synopses offer descriptions of all transport projects funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programmes. They are searchable in many ways, including by theme, by participant, and by funding instrument.

Tags: Co-modality, Competitiveness, Galileo, Greening of transport, Safety and security, Urban mobility, Air, Multimodal, Rail, Road, Water

Projects from recent calls may not yet be available in print, but can be found online on Cordisexternal link.

FP7 (2007 - 2013)

Sustainable surface transport researchexternal link

Provides information on more than 100 projects which were selected in the first two FP7 Calls in the field of sustainable surface transport (2007 and 2008).

Aeronautics and air transport research - volume 2external link

Provides information on more than 65 projects which were selected in the FP7 Calls in the field of aeronautics and air transport in 2010 and 2011.

Aeronautics and air transport research - volume 1external link

Provides information on more than 80 projects which were selected in the first two FP7 Calls in the field of aeronautics and air transport (2007 and 2008).

Horizontal activities for implementation of the transport programmeexternal link

Provides information on the 25 projects which were selected in the first two FP7 Calls for horizontal activities in transport (2007 and 2008).

FP6 (2003 - 2006)

Sustainable surface transport researchexternal link

Provides information on research projects that have been financed in all of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) within the field of sustainable surface transport.

Aeronautics research - volume 2external link

Provides information on research projects that have been financed in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) within the field of aeronautics. While Volume 1 of the project synopsis covered the project selected in the first calls for proposals, this second volume covers the last calls.

Aeronautics research - volume 1external link

Provides information on research projects that have been financed in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) within the field of Aeronautics, for the projects selected in the first and second Call for proposals.

FP5 (1998- 2002)

Surface transport (land transport and marine technologies)external link

Provides information on research projects on surface transport that have been financed in the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) as part of the Competitive and Sustainable Growth thematic programme.

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Linking research and standardization
Integrating standards in your research project

Year of publication: 2011

In many EU calls for research and innovation projects, standardization is identified as a key activity, deliverable or targeted outcome of future projects.

With this publication, the CEN and CENELEC committees for standardization have published a handbook to guide researchers through the standardization process and provide support in linking standardization with research.

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Innovation for resource efficiency

74 pages, publication year 2011

Tags: Greening of transport, Air, Multimodal, Rail, Road, Water

This publication showcases EU-funded projects and their concrete solutions for a more efficient use of resources. In the field of transport research it includes information on research into reducing resource waste in manufacturing, cleaner ships coated in air, alternative fuels for planes, recycling of asphalt and reducing dependency on rare earth materials.

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European Green Cars Initiative: Multi-annual roadmap and long-term strategy

Pages: 79

Publication year: 2011

Tags: Co-modality, Competitiveness, Greening of transport, Urban mobility, Multimodal, Road

This multi-annual roadmap defines the common R&D objectives to be achieved by a broad group of stakeholders involved in the European Green Car Initiative. The objective of the European Green Car Initiative (EGCI) is to support Research and Development (R&D) on technologies and systems that are able to bring breakthroughs in the goal of Europe to achieve a greener road transport system, which is safe and reliable and uses renewable energy sources.

The Roadmap builds on the three pillars of electrification of road transport, long-distance transport and logistics and co-modality. It also gives recommendations on production, market uptake and regulatory framework conditions.

It has been prepared by the Adhoc Industrial Advisory Group, which gathers experts from the industries involved and represents four European Technology Platforms: ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council), EPoSS (European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration), SmartGrids (European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future) and EIRAC (European Intermodal Research Advisory Council).

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Transport Work Programme 2012

The Work Programme 2012 outlines the funding priorities for transport research under the FP7 programme for the year 2012. The main focus is on eco-innovation, safe and seamless mobility, and competitiveness through innovation. Calls for research proposals that are in line with this Programme have been launched on 20 July 2011. Researchers, universities, SMEs, large companies and research institutes are welcome to submit their proposals up to 1 December 2011.

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Sustainable surface transport research synopsis

7th Framework Programme 2007-2013 VOL 1 Project synopses, calls 2007 & 2008

The aim of this publication is to provide information on more than 100 projects which were selected in the first two FP7 Calls in the field of sustainable surface transport. The background, objectives, description of work and expected results of each project are described. The contact details of the project coordinators and the partnerships are also given. Comprehensive index lists by technical discipline, acronym, partner and instrument are also provided to facilitate your search

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EU at the steering wheel of road safety

EU-funded research for efficient, clean and safe road transport - (49 pages)

Road safety is a major priority for the EU, and since 1994 the EU has invested over EUR 500 million in road safety research. This brochure offers a snapshot of European road safety research, and explains how the results of EU-funded projects are already helping cut the numbers of deaths and injuries on our roads. The projects profiled cover all aspects of road safety, including studies into the causes of accidents, the development of better crash test dummies, research on child safety, driver behaviour studies, and research into the best road layouts and road infrastructures. In addition, many projects involve the design of novel technologies to prevent accidents from happening in the first place, or reduce the impact of accidents when they cannot be avoided. Meanwhile, many of the projects featured are still in their early stages, so this brochure gives an exciting insight into the state of the art in road safety research and provides a glimpse of the road safety technologies and systems we can expect to see on our roads in the coming next years.

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Intelligent transport systems

EU-funded research for efficient, clean and safe road transport - (28 pages)

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are under continuous development to reduce congestion and to ensure the sustainable mobility of citizens and goods in response to increase in traffic demand, resulting from higher levels of motorisation, urbanisation, population growth and demographic change. This brochure reviews the contribution made over 15 years of EU-funded research in the field of ITS by the Sustainable Surface Transport programme. Its main contribution is the support for an integrated systemic approach to transport research. This evolution is described through the presentation of research projects including: road safety, traffic management and intelligent infrastructures, holistic solutions, multimodality, freight logistics and international cooperation. Many of the projects are still ongoing; this brochure gives an exciting insight into the state of the art of ITS research and provides a glimpse of ITS technologies and systems we can expect to see on our roads in the near future.

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Keeping Europe's cities on the move

EU-funded research to ensure urban mobility - (44 pages)

Urban mobility is a major priority for the EU, and since 1998, the EU has invested over EUR 300 million in urban transport research. This brochure offers a snapshot of European urban transport research, and explains how the results of EU-funded projects are already helping to improve passenger and freight flows in cities. The projects profiled cover all aspects of urban mobility, including urban infrastructure, demand side measures, new forms of organisation of urban mobility (public transport, car-sharing, car-pooling, demand-responsive transport), urban mobility services (with the support of information and communication technologies), urban mobility systems (innovative and clean urban vehicles, accessibility of vulnerable users, quiet cities) and city logistics. In addition, actions to promote and disseminate urban transport research and international cooperation are highlighted. Many of the projects featured are still in their early stages, so this brochure gives an exciting insight of the state of the art of urban transport research, and provides a glimpse of the urban transport technologies and systems we can expect to see in our cities in the near future.

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Towards an electric future?

European Green Cars Initiative - (48 pages)

Cover brochure 'European Green Cars Initiative- Towards an electric future?'

The European Green Cars Initiative is part of the EU’s Economic Recovery Plan and of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a successful and sustainable social market economy. It is an example of action needed today in order to build towards a prosperous and sustainable future.

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Recovery package

European Green Cars Initiative - (6 pages)

Cover 'European Green Cars Initiative'

The European Green Cars Initiative provides a financial envelope of € 5 billion to boost the automotive industry in a time of economic hardship. Despite ist name, the Green Cars Initiative is not only for passenger cars. The topics include other areas such as trucks, internal combustion engines, logistics and co-modality, intelligent transport systems, and of course electric and hybrid vehicles.

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First progresses in FP7

Women in Transport - (4 pages)

Tags: Rail, Road
Cover 'Women in Transport - First progresses in FP7'

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Monitoring progress towards Gender Equality in the Sixth Framework Programme

Sustainable Surface Transport - (24 pages)

Tags: Road
Cover 'Sustainable Surface Transport - Monitoring progress towards Gender Equality in the Sixth Framework Programme'

This report presents the results for Sustainable surface transport, an area closely related to physics and engineering, which are not only the most male-dominated scientific fields, but also the fields in which the relevance of gender in research content is least evident

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The backbone of transport system

Road Infrastructure - (45 pages)

Tags: Road
Cover 'The backbone of transport system'

Transport is widely recognised as the basic structure enabling development and growth. The road infrastructure in particular, due to its capillary dissemination, can ensure a proper level of competitiveness to Countries, Regions, and local Communities.

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FP7 Sustainable Surface Transport

General Transport in FP7 - (2 pages)

Tags: Rail, Water, Road
FP7 Sustainable Surface Transport

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Four posters for sustainable transport

(1 page)

Tags: Air, Rail, Water, Road
Four posters for sustainable transport

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Poster on sustainable road transport

(1 page)

Tags: Road
Cover 'Urban Mobility'

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1998 - 2002 project synopses

Land transport and Marine Technologies - (223 pages)

Tags: Rail, Water, Road
Cover 'Land transport and Marine Technologies'

The Land transport and marine technologies project synopses represent the state-of-the art in surface transport research under the European Commission’s Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme. Grouped by sector and technological area, projects and other research actions are detailed as to objectives, methodologies and results. Administrative information is also provided and a comprehensive partner index lists all Growth Programme participants.

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Advisory Group Report SSTAG

An analysis of the implementation of the Sustainable Surface Transport Work Programme and recommendations for the future - (36 pages)

Tags: Rail, Water, Road
Cover Advisory Group Report SSTAG - An analysis of the implementation of the Sustainable Surface Transport Work Programme and recommendations for the future

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EU Research in Road Transport

(40 pages)

Tags: Road
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Keep on Rolling

Road Transport Research in the Seventh Framework Programme - (8 pages)

Tags: Road
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Europe on the move

EU Surface Transport Research - (90 pages)

Tags: Air, Rail, Water, Road
Cover: 'Europe on the move'

Information Folder Containing 5 Thematic Factssheets and 32 Projects' Factsheets

 

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