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TOPIC : Transport infrastructure innovation to increase the transport system safety at modal and intermodal level (including nodes and interchanges)

Topic identifier: MG-3.4-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
15 October 2015
2nd stage Deadline:
20 January 2016 17:00:00
29 September 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Infrastructure plays a vital role in increasing transport safety levels, in particular in road transport. In the last years the resources available to maintain and upgrade transport infrastructure have been declining, a phenomenon that is expected to be aggravated by an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change. As a result, many elements of the surface transport infrastructure are in a deteriorating condition, facilities are ageing, and some are stressed more heavily than ever expected. Vehicle and vessels development and the introduction of connected systems represent new challenges to be met by infrastructure performances never considered in the past. Failure to meet infrastructure needs will have drastic consequences for the required functions of a modern network, and will negatively impact on the safety level of the whole European transport system.


In order to meet these challenges, proposals should address several of the following aspects:

―Infrastructure safety improvement by design and upgrading; new design methods and re-engineering to make infrastructure self-explaining and forgiving, including issues related to vulnerable users.

―Efficient maintenance methods to ensure continuity of high safety performance while allowing longer life-cycles of the infrastructure; development of embedded monitoring systems aimed at the implementation of predictive maintenance methods.

―Elaboration and implementation of the concept of transport infrastructure maintenance cycle, optimising all stages of maintenance, including design, monitoring, planning, as well as approaches to take account of other productive or leisure activities using the same infrastructure (e.g. inland waterways) and supporting decision-making between maintenance and structural interventions.

―Adaptation of the infrastructure to new vehicles characteristics, including V2I/I2V systems and information sharing.

―Improved safety in work zones and in links and interchanges at risk.

Particular attention to links and interfaces between modes and integrated safety management systems is encouraged. Multimodal safety management criteria for emergency management in case of critical events can be included.

SME active participation is strongly encouraged.

In line with the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation[1], international cooperation is encouraged. In particular, proposals should foresee twinning with entities participating in projects funded by US DOT[2] to exchange knowledge and experience and exploit synergies.

Proposals should also foresee twinning with projects funded by CEDR's Transnational Research Programme[3], to exchange knowledge and experience and to exploit synergies.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 to 5 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Actions will contribute to near eradication of infrastructure-caused accidents increased readability and forgiveness of the transport infrastructure; they will prove the effectiveness of long-term, predictive maintenance systems; outcome could include guidelines for infrastructure responsiveness to connectivity and novel vehicle characteristics and safe coexistence of transport and other activities using the same infrastructure. The increase of infrastructure safety performance will also contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the sector and will minimise effects on climate change via the improvement of traffic smoothness.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities
International cooperation


[2]United States Department of Transportation (


Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong & Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan) .

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process.

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission. 

  1. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  2. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  3. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

  4. Additional documents:


Applicants can find introductory remarks to the activities of this respective area of the call in the text of the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport" which can be accessed by clicking in the link above.

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