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Over €230 million awarded to 39 Horizon 2020 transport projects

Creation date: May 24, 2017

39 projects selected under the H2020 Societal Challenge “Smart, green and integrated transport will receive €238 million EU funding

These projects cover air, waterborne and road transport, safety issues, intelligent transport systems, automated road transport, as well as cross-cutting priorities for greener urban transport.

  • Examples of selected projects:


PARSIFAL – A novel wing configuration for greener future airplanes

The PARSIFAL project aims to set the basis for a ground-breaking improvement in the efficiency of future air-transport by assessing the effects of an innovative box-wing aircraft, called the “PrandtlPlane”, which could guarantee a payload capacity about three times larger than medium size commercial aircrafts while keeping the same fuel consumption.

Project full title: Prandtlplane ARchitecture for the Sustainable Improvement of Future AirpLanes

EU contribution: €2.9 million

Total cost:  €2.9 million

Topic: MG-1-4-2016-2017 - Breakthrough innovation

Duration: May 2017 - April 2020

Partners from: Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands


NOVIMAR – platooning in waterborne transport

The NOVIMAR project aims to adjust inland/short-sea shipping in a way to optimize the waterborne system. It will research the concept of unmanned follower ships. This concept is expected to reduce crew costs, enhance logistic flexibility and lower the energy use and emissions.

Project full title: Novel Inland Waterway and Maritime transport concepts

EU contribution: €7.9 million

Total cost: €7.9 million

Topic: MG -2.3 -2016 – New and improved transport concepts in waterborne transport

Duration: June 2017 – May 2021

Partners from: Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Hungary and Austria


SAFER-LC – Increasing safety at level crossings

The SAFER-LC project aims to improve safety and minimize risks of level crossings. This will be done by developing technical solutions, such as smart detection services and advanced infrastructure to vehicles (I2V) communication systems, and by better understanding human behaviour at and around level crossings.

Project full title: SAFER Level Crossing by integrating and optimizing road-rail infrastructure management and design

EU contribution: €4.9 million

Total cost: €4.9 million

Topic: MG-3.4-2016 – Transport infrastructure innovation to increase the transport system safety at modal and intermodal level (including nodes and interchanges)

Duration: May 2017 – April 2020

Partners from: Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey

Intelligent transport systems

C-MobILE – large scale ITS platforms

The C-MobILE project aims to push existing and new pilot sites towards large-scale, real-life C-ITS deployments interoperable across Europe. It envisions a congestion-free, sustainable and economically viable mobility, minimizing the environmental impact of road transport.

Full title: Accelerating C-ITS Mobility Innovation and deployment in Europe

Topic: MG-6.2-2016 – Large-scale demonstration(s) of cooperative ITS

EU contribution: €12.6 million

Total cost: €15.1 million

Duration: June 2017 – November 2020

Partners from: Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Greece, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany

Automated Road Transport

Inframix – Road Infrastructure ready for mixed vehicle traffic flows

The INFRAMIX project is preparing the road infrastructure to support the transition period and the coexistence of conventional and automated vehicles. Its main target is to design, upgrade, adapt and test both physical and digital elements of the road infrastructure, ensuring an interrupted, predictable, safe and efficient traffic.

Project full title: Road Infrastructure ready for mixed vehicle traffic flows

EU contribution: €4.9 million

Total cost:  €4.9 million

Topic: ART-05-2016 – Road infrastructure to support the transition to automation and the coexistence of conventional and automated vehicles on the same network

Duration: June 2017 - May 2020

Partners from: Austria, Greece, Spain, Germany, Netherlands

How were the projects selected for EU funding?

All projects were selected under the Mobility for Growth and Automated Road Transport calls for proposals.

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. €6.7 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in a total of approximately 800 projects of an average size of €7 million.

More information:

Horizon 2020 Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Societal Challenge