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Surface Transport focuses on the road, rail and waterborne modes of transport. The 2013 Call for Proposals closed on 14th November 2012.

The work programme is divided into two major action lines:

1) Six activities are addressed, reflecting the strategic and policy challenges facing Europe:

•    The greening of surface transport
•    Encouraging modal shift and decongesting transport corridors (co-modality)
•    Ensuring sustainable urban mobility
•    Improving safety and security
•    Strengthening competitiveness
•    These five activities are complemented with cross-cutting actions addressing several activities.

2) Actions supported under the ‘European Green Cars Initiative’

The ‘European Green Cars Initiative’ belongs to the ‘European Economic Recovery Plan’, an initiative to coordinate efforts and implement joint actions to contain the scale of the economic downtown and to stimulate demand and confidence.
Within the Recovery Plan, the ‘European Green Cars Initiative’ is a series of measures boosting research and innovation aiming at facilitating the deployment of a new generation of passenger cars, trucks and buses that will spare our environment and lives and ensure jobs, economic activity and competitive advantage to car industries in the global market. Three measures are proposed:

•    Support to research and innovation through FP7 funding schemes;
•    Specific EIB loans to car and other transport industries and their suppliers, in particular for innovative clean road transport;
•    Legislative measures to promote the greening of road transport (circulation and registration taxes, scrapping of old cars, procurement rules, CARS21 initiative).

UK Sources of Information

In addition to relevant clusters within the Regional Development Agencies, the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland, as well as a number of the Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs), including the new Tranport KTN and the Materials, ,there are a number of UK industry associations that may have been participating within the European Technology Platforms, or could also be a source of useful information. It is recommended that you make contact with these organisations as they may be able to assist in advice on research topics, UK capability and identification of potential partners.

These include the following:
•    Transport KTN

•    SMMT Foresight Vehicle
•    Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)
Cenex (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies)
•    AGRRI (Advisory Group for Rail Research & Innovation)
•    RIA (Railways Industry Association)

•    Society for Maritime Industries
•    Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association
•    British Marine Federation

European Sources of Information

•    Transport Research Knowledge Centre

The three surface transport European Technology Platforms are an important source of information, as follows:

ERTRAC is the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, which has built and maintains a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for road transport, including automotive technology, which is a primary reference source for the Commission in assembling its work programme. ERTRAC incorporates a number of European industry associations, including:
The European vehicle manufacturers assemble a substantial programme of research projects through EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, which also offers advice and guidance on vehicle manufacturers’ interests to ERTRAC and the Commission. An annual publication, EUCAR Projects, can be downloaded from their web site.
CLEPA is the equivalent organisation for automotive component suppliers.
EARPA is the European Automotive Research Providers’ Association and actively pursues a broad research agenda.
ERTICO is a public/private partnership for the promotion of intelligent transport systems in Europe.

ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council, has developed and maintains a Strategic Rail Research Agenda (SRRA) for rail technology, which is a primary reference source for the Commission in assembling its work programme. ERRAC brings together railway undertakings and infrastructure companies, public transport operators, manufacturing industry, and representatives of the EU Member States, European Commission, customer groups, consultants and academic institutions.  ERRAC partners include:

•    Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER);
•    European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM);
•    International Association of Public Transport (UITP);
•    International Union of Railways (UIC);
•    Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE).

The WATERBORNE TP  is the Advisory Council for Waterborne Transport Research in Europe and has published a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), which is a primary reference source for the Commission in assembling its work programme. The membership of WATERBORNE TP includes all the European marine industry and research networks and associations. These include:
Sea Europe the represents both the European Shipyards’ and Marine Equipment Associations. Both SMI and SSA are Members. In addition to other responsibilities, Sea Europe co-ordinates the industry’s interest in research, innovation and development across Europe.

ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, of which BMF is a member.  The European Union Recreational Marine Industry Group (EURMIG) is a new committee within ICOMIA.



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