Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€118 million awarded to H2020 transport projects

Creation date: December 10, 2018

INEA has signed grant agreements with 27 projects selected for funding under Mobility for Growth, Automated Road Transport, and Green Vehicles calls. They will receive a total of €118 million.

The successful projects will demonstrate innovative solutions towards low-carbon and sustainable transport. They will also contribute significantly to safe and resilient transport systems, automated transport, and the development of electrified vehicles and of advanced technological capabilities in transport.

Most of the funding - €58 million – will go to 13 projects selected under the Green Vehicles call, while €46 million have been allocated to 11 projects under Mobility for Growth, and €14 million – to 3 projects under Automated Road Transport.

Most of the projects will start their activities by January 2019.


Project examples:


Innovative technologies to improve aviation safety and certification in icing conditions

Aviation is inherently and increasingly international. In-flight weather hazards are also increasing worldwide. Commercial Air-Transport fatal and non-fatal accidents are continuously decreasing with EASA Member States accident rate much lower than the worldwide one. However, in-flight weather hazards, in particular icing conditions, are a contributing factor in accidents and incidents world-wide. Further advancements in understanding, modelling, detection, avoidance and mitigation of in-flight performance degradation are necessary towards enabling harmonised certification with less flight trials.


  • The ICE GENESIS project will create the next generation of 3D simulation means for icing. It will allow weather hazards to be more precisely evaluated and properly mitigated thanks to adapted design or optimised protection through either active or passive means. ICE GENESIS will also pave the way for 3D digital tools to be used in the future as acceptable means of compliance by the regulation authorities.

Overall, ICE GENESIS will contribute to flight safety, reduced certification costs and increased operability. The project counts on the international participation of the Russian Federation, Canada and Japan. Thanks to their financial contribution too, the project total budget will be nearly twice as much as the EC contribution.

The aviation authorities FAA and EASA are members of the Advisory Board.

Project title: ICE GENESIS

Duration: 48 months (01/01/2019 – 31/12/2022)

Budget: €21.6 million

EC funding:  €12 million

Project Coordinator: Airbus Operation SAS (France)


  • The SENS4ICE project

It has been proven that certain types of aircraft hich are not robust against supercooled large droplets (SLD) as ice can form on unprotected areas of the lifting surfaces leading to loss of control. This has caused tragic accidents over the last three decades. To address these safety concerns, authorities issued new certification rules to ensure that future aircraft remain controllable in these conditions and can exit safely upon detection.

SENS4ICE directly addresses this need for reliable detection and discrimination of icing conditions. The project will address the development, test, validation, and maturation of the different detection principles, the hybridisation - in close cooperation with regulators to provide an acceptable means of compliance - and the final airborne demonstration of technology capabilities in relevant natural icing conditions.

SENS4ICE counts on the international participation of the Russian Federation, Brazil and the USA. Thanks to their financial contribution too, the project's total budget will be nearly twice as much as the EU contribution.

The aviation authorities FAA, EASA and ANAC are members of the Advisory Board.

Project title: SENS4ICE - SENSors and certifiable hybrid architectures FOR safer aviation in ICing Environment

Duration: 48 months (01/01/2019 – 31/12/2022)

Budget: €12 million

EC funding:  €6.6 million

Project Coordinator: DLR (Germany)


Contributing to Airworthiness Standards for mass-market drones

The AW-Drones project will contribute to the safe use of mass market drones by supporting the on-going EU regulatory process for the definition of rules, technical standards and procedures. In particular, the project will develop an open repository containing structured information about technical rules, procedures and standards for drones worldwide. It will also hold a set of validation workshops with experts and external stakeholders, and develop a well-reasoned set of technical standards covering, among the others, the analysis of standards required to support both the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology and the development of U-Space in Europe.

The main expected impacts are to support the on-going EU regulatory process for technical rules, standards and procedures for civilian drones; to enable safe, environmentally sound and reliable operations in Europe; to generate additional leverage for Europe in the international negotiations for global rules and standards; to increase the acceptance of EU standards; and to offer better opportunities for European drone designers, manufacturers and operators in accessing global markets.

Project title: AW-DRONES

Duration: 36 months (01/01/2019 – 31/12/2021)

Budget / EC funding: € 2.6M/ € 2.6M

Project Coordinator: DEEP BLUE (Italy)


Unmanned and Autonomous Survey activities at sea vehicles

The ENDURUNS project will deliver a step-change in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) technology by implementing a novel hybrid design power by hydrogen fuel cell.  The ENDURUNS project aims to develop a hybrid AUV vehicle with gliding capability and increased operational endurance lasting up to several months. The hybrid AUV vehicle will be capable of communicating directly with the shore-based remote control centre, providing updates on mission status and collected data with the help of a light-weight and low cost autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV).

The new system will enable a massive reduction in the cost of extended deep sea survey activities in comparison to traditional survey techniques, increase the availability of seabed survey data and promote the capabilities of European Marine industries and support European growth and jobs.

Project title: Development and demonstration of a long-endurance sea surveying autonomous unmanned vehicle with gliding capability powered by hydrogen fuel cell

Duration: 48 months (01/11/2018 - 31/10/2022)

Budget: € 8,747,765.00

EC funding: € 7,908,265.00

Coordinator: ALTUS (EL)


Supporting women’s inclusion in transport systems

Current transport systems do not sufficiently take into account physical and social characteristics of women in the design of products and services, and in fostering women’s employability in the industry. The goal of the DIAMOND project is to take advantage of Data Mining Technologies together with elicitation techniques to gather and analyse information from different stakeholders. Ultimately, it aims to gather new knowledge for addressing gender-specific needs for transport decision-making, planning tools and methods.

The following objectives are defined: (a) analyse real-world scenarios where these open issues exist, and (b) take concrete action, to create a fair and inclusive transport system.

DIAMOND brings together a consortium of 14 partners which includes Academia, SMEs and Transport Authorities.

Project title: Revealing fair and actionable knowledge from data to support women’s inclusion in transport systems (DIAMOND)

Duration: 36 months (01/11/2018 – 31/10/2021)

Budget: €2,628,408.75 million

EC funding:  €2,628,408.75 million

Project Coordinator: FUNDACIO EURECAT



How were the projects selected for EU funding?

The submitted proposals were evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Grant agreements were signed with the successful applicants within eight months of the submission deadline.

How will the projects be managed?

The projects are each implemented by a consortium of European partners. INEA will monitor their progress throughout the entire project life-cycle.

Overall, €12.2 billion has been earmarked for transport and energy research in Horizon 2020, the main EU's funding programme for the 2014-2020 period. €5.3 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in approximately 800 projects.


More information

Horizon 2020 'Smart, Green and Integrated Transport' challenge

Ongoing Horizon 2020 projects in the area of energy and transport