Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Nearly €200 million awarded to Horizon 2020 transport projects

Creation date: June 21, 2016

25 research and innovation projects under the Horizon 2020 challenge Smart, green and integrated transport will receive €198 million EU funding to make European transport greener, safer, more efficient and innovative.


The selected projects cover all transport modes - air, rail, road, waterborne transport - as well as cross-cutting priorities:  green solutions for urban transport, development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), logistics and infrastructure improvements.


Examples of selected projects





CiViTAS ECCENTRIC – sustainable suburban area planning

In this project Madrid (Spain), Munich (Germany), Ruse (Bulgaria), Stockholm (Sweden) and Turku (Finland) will engage their local administrations, public transport operators, professionals and citizens in a wide range of measures contributing to safer walking and cycling, efficient and clean public transport solutions, flexible and dynamic parking, development of mobility as a service for all, as well as promotion and uptake of clean vehicles. The project's focus will be on suburban districts and new real estate developments, along with urban freight logistics. 

EU contribution: €17.4 million

Partners from: BG, DE, DK, FI, FR, ES

Freight in a port

CiViTAS PORTIS - sustainable mobility solutions for port cities

The project will test sustainable urban mobility solutions in five European port cities - Aberdeen (UK), Antwerp (Belgium), Trieste (Italy), Constanta (Romania) and Klaipeda (Lithuania) – and the Chinese city-port of Ningbo.  PORTIS will support their different roles as a city, port and interface to the shared hinterland by developing a collaborative port-city governance model, fostering greener mobility modes and enhancing seamless and more efficient freight movements.

EU contribution: €16.4 million

Partners from: BE, IT, LT, RO, UK

Driver using the adaptive advanced driver assistance system in a car

ADASANDME – adaptive advanced driver assistance systems

The project will develop Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for cars, trucks and busses that take into account the traffic and weather conditions, as well as various states of the driver, such as fatigue, stress and inattention. The system will increase the road safety by automatically switching the control between the vehicle and the driver when the environmental or driver's condition requires it.

EU contribution: €9 million

Partners from: CH, DE, EL, ES, FR, IE, IT, NL, SE

City transport at night

ELECTRIFIC - enabling seamless electro mobility

The project's aim is to support the uptake of electric vehicles with ICT tools and novel techniques that allow better coordination between the vehicle and the grid. ELECTRIFIC will develop new smart charging stations for an increased charging efficiency, advanced driver assistance services for a better travel and charging plan, as well as management tools that help optimise 'electric' travels.

EU contribution: €6.2 million

Partners from: AT, BE, CZ, DE, ES

Engine detail of an airplane

Bionic Aircraft – making greener aircrafts

The project will work on a novel environmentally-friendly aircraft manufacturing process that promises to considerably reduce the plane's weight while increasing the material exploitation. Bionic Aircraft is expected to significantly increase the efficiency in the design and manufacturing process of lightweight structures of high complexity, thus offering strategies to reduce emissions along the entire life-cycle of an aircraft.

EU contribution: €6.5 million

Partners from: CH, DE, FR, ES, IT, UK


How were the projects selected for EU funding?


All 25 projects were selected under two calls for project proposals: Mobility for Growth  and Green Vehicles.


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 after 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, €6.3 billion have been earmarked for transport research in Horizon 2020, the main EU's funding programme for the period 2014-2020. €2.9 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in approximately 400 projects of an average size of €7 million.