Why the EU supports research and innovation in transport

The way we live and travel is changing. At the same time our transport system needs to adapt to global realities such as climate change and digitalisation.

Reducing transport's impact on the climate and natural environment is the most urgent priority, in order to meet COP21 Paris Agreement commitments and align with broader EU transport, climate and energy goals.

Research plays a crucial role in achieving the ambitious targets the EU has set in these key areas.

The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) outlines what the EU is doing to speed up the research and innovation needed to radically change transport.

Transforming transport will also be key to delivering the EU's next research and innovation funding programme and in particular the Horizon Europe Mission area on climate-neutral and smart cities.

Sustainable and smart mobility (Factsheet)

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon Europe

    On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the environment-related calls

  • COST actions

    COST (European cooperation in science and technology) funds bottom-up, open research and innovation networks

  • Connecting Europe Facility - transport

    CEF Transport co-finances projects that enhance multimodality, improve infrastructure and advance innovation and new technologies.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases


Related events


  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

Related Commission departments