Technology Roadmapping

The process of technology roadmapping provides a framework for collaboration between different industries, stimulates innovation by linking market drivers with technology challenges, and provides a method for sharing crucial strategic knowledge between the market, industry, research, academia and government.

Industry Roadmaps

Collaborative industry groups from the rail, automotive and marine industry sectors have been working to create high level routemaps for their respective sectors.  You can find out more about these sector-specific roadmaps under the relevant tabs above - Rail, Marine and Automotive.

Roadmap Convergence

Through our work with industry, in tandem with reviewing the three roadmaps, a number of common strands across all sectors have emerged which indicate themes around which significant knowledge and technology exchange may be had.  We have groups on the Transport KTN which enable you to find out about common themes under the following headings

  • Energy Efficiency (covers propulsion and alternative fuels as well as materials including lightweighting and coatings, etc)
  • Intelligent mobility (covers intelligent transport systems, urban mobility, sensors, electronics, autonomous systems, Internet of Things, etc)

The Transport KTN organises workshops to aid the process of knowledge exchange and technology transfer between the industry sectors and encourage innovative new products through the supply chain.  Make sure you join us to ensure you get to participate and gain a deeper understanding of the whole landscape, so you know where you can expand to fit any niches in the transport ecosystem.

Adjacent sector roadmaps

There are a number of other technologies, sectors and thematic areas that also have a bearing on Transport and transport infrastructure.  We outline of few of these below.


Although the Transport KTN is primarily focused on surface transport, the role of aerospace in travel and transport is one that has significant impact throughout many transport systems.

The Aerospace Technology Roadmaps are curated and maintained by the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence (AAD) Knowledge Transfer Network, and have recently undergone a refresh.  This refresh includes a top-down as well as a bottom-up approach, which allows lower TRL research to have more visibility.  All you need to do to see these roadmaps is to join the National Aerospace Technology Strategy Group, and download them.


You may also be interested in joining the Materials KTN's Roadmaps group where the Materials KTN has brought together materials-related roadmaps from across various industries, as well as making the Materials KTN internally generated roadmaps available for you to view and download.


Robotics and automonous systems are used in many different scenarios (see this article for a broad overview of the autonomous systems landscape) and it is commonly expected that autonomous vehicles will become part of the transport landscape in future.  

In 2013, Robotics and Autonomous Systems was identified by David Willetts as one of 8 great technologies and allocated a share of £600million investment.  

The EU Robotics community has produced an engaging, visually appealing roadmap for Robotics.  You can view a pdf of it by clicking here, or order one for yourelf from the Secretariat via the Robotics Technology Platform.

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2017 Shift2Rail call for proposals now published

By Becky Corfield

Shift2Rail (S2R) is an Horizon 2020 programme, and the 2017 call for proposals was published on 10 November 2016, it has an indicative budget of €60.8 million. The scope of this call programme is wide, making it suitable for a broad range of sectors to become involved.

The Shift2Rail joint undertaking (S2R JU) has published the 2017 call for proposals and its Annual Work Plan 2017 which outlines the scope of the Research and Innovation activities that S2R JU will perform in 2017, implemented through call(s) for proposals open to its Members and third parties as well as specific calls for tenders. It also details the governance structure of S2R JU and the underpinning 2017 Budget.

Rail Research & Innovation (R&I) conducted within the S2R JU must contribute to addressing the challenges faced by the rail sector, through a comprehensive and coordinated approach to research and innovation focusing on the needs of the rail system and of its users.

The S2R Master Plan is structured around five Innovation Programmes (IPs) and five cross-cutting themes and activities (CCA):

Innovation Programme 1 (IP1): Cost-efficient and reliable trains.  The S2R Master Plan identifies seven priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP1:

  • Traction
  • Train Control and Monitoring System
  • Carbodyshell
  • Running Gear
  • Brakes
  • Doors and Intelligent access systems
  • Train interiors

Innovation Programme 2: Advanced traffic management and control systems.  The S2R Master Plan identifies seven priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP2:

·       Smart, fail-safe communications and positioning systems

·       Traffic Management Evolution

·       Automation

·       Moving block (MB) and train integrity

·       Smart procurement and testing

·       Virtual coupling

·       Cyber security.

Innovation Programme 3: Cost Efficient and Reliable High Capacity Infrastructure.  The S2R Master Plan identifies six priority areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP3:

·       New directions in switches and crossings

·       Innovative track design and materials

·       Cost effective tunnel & bridge solutions

·       Intelligent system maintenance

·       Energy efficiency

·       Improved station concepts.

Innovation Programme 4: IT Solutions for attractive railway services.  The S2R Master Plan identifies three priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP4:

·       Technical framework

·       Customer experience applications

·       Multimodal travel services.

Innovation Programme 5: Technologies for sustainable and attractive European rail freight.  The S2R Master Plan identifies eight priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP5:

·       Implementation Strategies and Business Analytics

·       Freight Electrification, Brake and Telematics

·       Access and Operation

·       Wagon design

·       Novel Terminal, Hubs, Marshalling yards, Sidings

·       New Freight Propulsion Concepts

·       Sustainable rail transport of dangerous goods

·       Long-term vision for an autonomous rail freight system.

In addition to the five Innovation Programmes, the work of R&I activities will include cross-cutting activities (CCA) relevant to each of the different sub-systems and taking into account the interactions between these sub-systems.

The S2R Master Plan identifies five priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken with a view to achieving the objectives of the CCA:

·       Long-term needs and socio-economic research

·       Smart materials and processes

·       System integration, safety and interoperability

·       Energy and sustainability

·       Human capital.

Indicative budget: €60.8 million S2R co-funding with estimated project value, including in kind contributions by S2R other members and affiliated entities:  €112.4 million.

Proposals can be submitted from 10th January 2017 and the deadline is 30th March 2017.

The full work programme and other information on the Shift2Rail programme can be found here:

and on the EU website at:,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-S2RJU-2017/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc