Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Horizon 2020 Transport calls open for submission

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: October 15, 2015

Several calls for transport research proposals with a total indicative budget of €322 million open today. Projects can be submitted for the Mobility for Growth, Green Vehicles and Automated Road Transport calls.


Mobility for Growth

14 topics (€196 million in total) are open for proposals in the areas of:

  • aviation
  • waterborne transport
  • safety
  • urban mobility
  • logistics
  • intelligent transport systems
  • socio-economic and behavioural research
  • forward looking activities for policy making


Green Vehicles

Two topics (€65 million in total) are open in the following areas:

  • Low emission technologies light duty power trains
  • System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles


Automated Road Transport

Three topics (€61 million in total) are open in the following areas:

  • Automation pilots for passenger cars
  • Safety and end-user acceptance aspects of road automation in the transition period
  • Road infrastructure to support the transition to automation and the coexistence of conventional and automated vehicles on the same network


The Blue Growth call (€9 million) that will open for submissions on 27 October 2015 will invite project proposals on:

  • High value-added specialised vessel concepts enabling more efficient servicing of emerging coastal and offshore activities
  • Multi-use of the oceans' marine space, offshore and near-shore: compatibility, regulations, environmental and legal issues


All calls are published on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal. Select Funding opportunities > Calls >  H2020 > your area of interest.


The submission deadline depends on the call topic. Please consult each topic on the Participant Portal for further details.


The Mobility for Growth, Green Vehicles and Automated Road Transport calls are part of the Horizon 2020 Smart, green and integrated transport challenge. Its 2016-2017 work programme is published on the Participant Portal.


What are the requirements for participation?

The requirements for submitting a research proposal are detailed in the relevant call documents published on each call page. Please also consult the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 for general rules on funding, such as the list of countries that can apply for funding, standard eligibility criteria, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates and other useful information. The list of associated countries can be found on the Participant Portal.


How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the call page on the Participant Portal. Guidelines on proposal submission are available on the relevant call page.


How will the grants be awarded?

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.


More information

Further information on transport research is available on Horizon2020 website. Please note that there might be further EU funding opportunities in transport research announced on the Participant Portal.