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Transport Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s proposal to generate ideas, growth and jobs through the world’s largest collaborative programme for research and innovation (2014-2020).


In the transport sector, the Commission will strive for a balanced approach in implementing the programme that takes into account the specifics of each mode (rail, road, waterborne and air transport) while remaining holistic; an approach which reconciles competitiveness with sustainability and which invests both in technology and in relevant socio-economic research.


The four main priorities for transport research under Horizon 2020 are:

  1. Making transport more sustainable: resource-efficient transport that respects the environment.
  2. Making transport and transport systems seamless: better mobility, less congestion, greater safety and security.
  3. Keeping transport competitive: the European transport industry as a global leader.
  4. Making transport research responsive: socio-economic research and forward-looking activities for policy-making.

The work carried out in the framework of the Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) will contribute to focusing the transport European research and innovation activities through Horizon 2020.