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You you have to be in it to win it - Preview of the Horizon 2020 Transport work programme priorities for 2016

Ahead of publication the 2016/2017 Horizon 2020 Transport Programme on 15 July 2015 at ICC, Birmingham, KTN hosted a special event to preview the funding programme for potential UK bidders, help initiate collaborations and facilitate networking across transport sectors.

Of particular interest was Louise Mothersole’s Preview of Horizon 2020 Transport programme for 2016 expected for publication in second week in September.

The preview event was opened and the approximate 280 attendees welcomed by KTN’s Ian Stock.


Keynote sessions

The Keynote session was chaired by Prof David Raper – Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, at Manchester Metropolitan University.









Prof Phil Blythe, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Department for Transport - “H2020 funding in the context of UK Transport Research”

As the new Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Transport (DfT), with academic background at Newcastle University Professor Blythe outlined the ‘key challenges’ faced government departments in relation to transport - in particular “ageing population, resilience, congestion and Air Quality”.

Among the priorities for the three year post is seeing “better bang per buck” for funding activities, as well as better coordination.

He sees his mission as sorting out ‘disconnects’ in funding. He also sees “lots of exciting things going on in transport, such as new business models, like transport as service”.

He is also optimistic about the future of electric vehicles, and sees parallels is the massive growth seen in mobile devices. He feels sure growth will come.

Regarding Internet of Things and data analytics he sees the source of growth being led by demand from users, for joining things together in cities.

As a veteran EU research he also offered encouragement to his audience to get involved in Horizon 2020 projects, as it “helps grow research teams and relations with industry, and evolves ideas”.



Dr Delia Dimitriu, H2020 Transport Advisor Group (TAG) Expert - “What is the EU TAG and its objectives, priorities and recommendations”

For the second keynote, Horizon 2020 Transport Advisory Group (TAG) member Dr Delia Dimitriu (MMU) provided insight into the work of TAG and its thinking for the priorities for the next phase of Horizon 2020 Transport research funding.

TAG is made up of 29 specialists, representing all modes of transport, representing manufactures and services companies. “What is new, is the societal aspects and more concentration on horizontal aspects, i.e. integrating transport”, she said. “The research programme needs to integrate 11 major transport challenges” - with examples being the inter-relationship between transport technology, social acceptance and behavioural change; integration and dismantling ‘silos’ in transport research; exploiting the explosion in the availability of transport-related data and looking at transport in the context of external factors. With much attention on such societally disruptive technologies such as self-driving cars the focus of Horizon 2020 should be on “societal acceptance, integration, data, & transport externalities”.

Although the 16/17 calls exclude rail that’s covered by Shift2 Rail, Delia suggested “the next phase may include rail - under infrastructure”.



Sameer Savani, Technology Advisor ADS Group - “Aerodays – H2020 funded aerospace technology conference, October 2015”

For his Presentation Sameer promoted Aerodays 2015 (7th European Aeronautics Days), the flagship event in aviation research and innovation which takes place once during each EU Research Framework Programme. Aerodays 2015 will take place in Central London, UK from 20-23 October 2015.

“This event will offer networking and collaboration building opportunities, and is the first time it has been held in the UK”, he said.

Early bird rates apply for bookings before 14 August.



Preview of Horizon 2020 Transport programme for 2016 - Louise Mothersole – Horizon 2020, UK National Contact Point for Transport

Louise outlined how Horizon 2020 is made up of three pillars: Science, Industrial Leadership, and Societal Challenges.

Specific Programme Activities include: resource efficient transport that respects the environment; better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security; global leadership for European transport industry; socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making.

Louis then provided an object lesson in the language of Horizon 2020; such as what is meant by Research and Innovation Actions, Innovation Actions, Coordination and Support Actions.



Official launch due in October

“Regarding the transport programme contents and budget, there are some important caveats. It’s not yet been formally adopted or approved, and details including scope, likely budget, submission date, may change. The details provided are based on a draft issued on 10 June. Publication is expected in the second week of September for a launch due in October.”

An Information Day will be held on 5 November in Brussels.


Provisional Transport Work Programme Structure and Budget for 2016/2017

The draft 2016/2017 budget for transport includes:

  • Mobility for Growth €210m/€225m
  • Automated Road Transport €64m/ €50m
  • European Green Vehicle initiative €78m/ €128m
  • SME Instrument €58m/ €61m
  • Plus other actions:

    • Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative (JTI)
    • Shift2Rail JTI


Likely Calls for Proposals for 2016

Louise then went through the likely funding and calls details for Mobility for Growth (Aviation, Waterborne, Safety, Urban Mobility, Logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Infrastructure, Socio-Economic and Behavioural Research and Forward Looking Activities for Policy Making), Automated Road Transport, The European Green Vehicle Initiative and the SME Instrument. See the Presentation slides for details.

Louise pointed to four opportunities for automated road transport, “that are ambitious which suits the current lead being set in the UK”.

A total budget of €48m is allocated to automation pilots for passenger cars plus safety and end-user acceptance aspects, plus €13m is available to support infrastructure for the transition to automation and €3m is available for coordination of activities.

There are also three relevant topics within ITS, with of around €25 million on offer for concepts for ‘mobility as a service’ and large-scale pilots of cooperative ITS); plus there will be €5m available to fund projects supporting acceptance of road automation in the transition period in the roll-out of ITS.

In her Q&As Louise also referred responded to a question about SMEs that the “Target is for 20% of Horizon 2020 funds to go to SMEs, that could come into play in proposals as a ‘tie breaker’ if rival proposals has matching scores. And after that, gender equity could also be a tie-breaker.”



In feedback already received, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Research And Knowledge Exchange Blog highlighted Louise’s presentation being of particular interest “particular interest to the audience was the session led by National Contact Point, Louise Mothersole who gave some pointers on future calls and hinted that we should expect an early deadline for Transport. She also spoke of the importance of the often overlooked Coordination and Support Actions which are a key instruments in shaping future priorities – her advice was to get involved where you can even though direct financial rewards might be limited.”


Dr Helen Almey – H2020 NCP for Secure Societies

The title Secure societies covers protection of critical infrastructure, both physical and cyber.

Transport is a named component of physical and cyber security in Horizon 2020. According to Dr Almey, “we want kit on the ground to keep people safer. We need industrial participation Horizon 2020 Transport.”

She sought to encourage applications, “don’t be put off by raw statistics: for good Horizon 2020 applications there is a 1 in 3 or 4 chance of success”.






Ian Holmes, Horizon 2020 NCP for Blue Growth and the Bio-economy

In his presentation Opportunities for transport, vehicles and logistics: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the Bioeconomy Ian Holmes suggested such futuristic sounding outcomes as “weeding robots and smart fishing technologies”.








Company elevator pitches – capabilities and requirements for potential projects 

For the company ‘elevator pitches’ Rob Furlong, KTN’s Transport Business Development Manager moderate 24 pitching presentations divided into three quick-fire sessions.

Some additional presentations, not pitched on the day, are also linked below.






Mark Nicholson, Alchera Technologies isproviding smart cameras to such projects as 

MK Smart, that enable Smart Cities to understand movement. Alchera offers high-fidelity data about movement for real-time consumer/resident services, or for long-term analytics.






Gordon Tait, Battery Fueling Limited promoted a system for fast refuelling of Electric Vehicles, providing choosable amounts of motive power replenishment as with a fossil-fuel vehicle. The proposed system can refuel EVs in about four minutes.








Luke Redfern, CENEX is an Independent, not for profit, low carbon vehicle experts









John Carter, Duodrive Ltd offers an innovative propulsion system for shaft driven boats. Owns Contra-Rotating (CR) Shaft Drive Mechanism for more efficient propulsion of small commercial & leisure ships.








Cristina Irving Turner, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd is an Independent academic publisher, based in Bingley, UK. Publishes 290 journals and over 2,500 books in social sciences, library studies, health and social care, engineering and transport. Transport books focus on transport, travel, mobility and sustainability.







Dr Simon Gerrard, Industry Liaison Manager, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute - experts in ship science, vessel design, hydrodynamics and maritime engineering, with world class experts and facilities







Case study – Previous funded projects : Experience gained and lessons learnt

Brian Bowlam - ELUPEG

ELUPEG provides a forum and tools to facilitate supply chain collaboration world wide, and participates in research and innovation projects across Europe to reduce costs, congestion, emissions on behalf of our membership.

Brian described his involvement in the Nex Trust project a 30 member consortium for fostering synergies alongside the supply chain (including e-commerce) under Horizon 2020, that started in May this year.

NexTrust’s objective is to improve efficiency and sustainability in logistics by developing an innovative business model with interconnected, trusted, collaborative networks along the entire supply chain.

According to Brian, Horizon 2020 is “a shed load of work - no getting away from it” but worth getting right. “So, make sure you answer the questions”.

In proposals he also suggested “telling more about what you’ve done that what you’re going to do. Start early - it’s not a sprint, and understand the other members of the consortium. Spend time to get people on board.”

“Also, broad geographical spread of consortia members should not come at the expensed of quality and follow-on projects can be very helpful."

“Include pilots and case studies to prove a hypothesis”.

“My advice for proposals is to have a small writing team for consistency and coordination of answers to the questions. Knock it out”

“Focus on deliverables and how the can be achieved”.

“Version control of documentation is important so you can re-use earlier drafts”.

“And lastly, you have to be in it to win it”.

Company elevator pitches - part 2

Chris Thompson, Enable ID Ltd - is an IoT consultancy, specialising in smart product development and monetisation; API and SDK for secure personal data and systems integration; and bespoke application development.

Interested in iBeacons and humidity and air quality sensing, and sensors inn stations.






Mike Brookes, EnviroMet Consultants, promoted the Magway concept, a rapid transport system - elevated alongside existing motorways for zero emission light electric vehicles. Low maintenance, high availability. Interested in proof of concept funding and feasibility studies.







Sean Worrall, GKN Hybrid Power GKN Hybrid Power specialises in the design and manufacture of composite flywheel-based energy storage systems. Currently installed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of 500 inner-city buses for evaluation. Developing HGV, rail and ship power management and storage solutions.

Marketing the 1.2 MJ Gyro Drive system for reduced fuel consumption - for buses by 20%. Looking for an OEM to work on hybrid systems, such as HGVs to expand to significant production volume.




Neil Mansfield, School of Design Engineering, Imperial College Expertise in human factors. Design Engineering is the fusion of design thinking, engineering thinking and practice within a culture of innovation and enterprise. Dyson School of Design Engineering is the newest department at Imperial.

Interested in working on integration of autonomous systems.






Fainan Hassan, Principal Analyst, Smarter Grid Solutions

offers solutions to transition to low carbon electricity system and technologies to help customers integrate additional loads/generators.

Interested in real-time management of the grid. Looking for rail partners and for those interested in ‘holistic’ treatment of energy for transport.





Paul Bhatia, Nottingham Geospatial Institute(NGI) specialises in satellite navigation and positioning systems, photogrammetry, remote sensing, sensor integration, geo-informatics and data modelling, geospatial intelligence, location based services, semantics, reasoning and cognition.








Case study – Previous funded projects: Experience gained and lessons learnt

Dr George Kotsikos – Newcastle University

Dr George Kotsikos featured three European funded projects in which he was involved: ALJOIN, retrack - an FP6 project and HERMES - a FP7 funded CompreHEnsive transport Research information Management and Exchange System.

Dr Kotsikos suggested that Horizon 2020 Transport proposals “must have clear definition of objectives, deliverables, users, and commitment to implementation”.

On proposal writing his suggestion was to “be concise and to the point”.




Company elevator pitches – capabilities and requirements for potential projects

Paul Hooper, Chair in EM & Sustainability, Manchester Metropolitan University - Expert in development and implementation of supplementary noise metrics. “Half of human response to noise is based on non-noise factors. People are hacked-off with airports, and PR. There’s need to engage.”







Dr Mohammad Mesgarpour, Microlise provides telematics hardware & software for web, smartphone & tablet. Products include fleet management and Telematics.








Julian Stephens, Technical Development Manager, MJC² offers real-time transport & logistics optimisation software. Developing optimisation algorithms and offering data manipulation and GUI innovations.







Dr Kalyan Hazra, National Composites Centre Offering light-weighting solutions for smart, green and integrated transport structures








Dr Michael Hall, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory - Offering magnetic system solutions including modelling.



Alan Lindfield, Alan Lindfield Ltd Designed the Vardo Double Deck trailer - offering 33% efficiency gains through better aerodynamics.







KTN – how the KTN can help in the bidding process and consortia building - Tessa Darley, Head of Transport, Knowledge Transfer Network

Tessa’s presentation covered the details of the (new) KTN – its vision, what it does, how and why – and some key Transport priorities. She also highlighted how to get involved in KTN – and how it can help provide access to funding and partners.

“KTN generally deals with TRL 4-7, and brings together people that wouldn’t otherwise meet - seeking out the non-usual suspects”.




Small Business Instrument: Stephen Alexander – National Contact Point for Legal & Financial Issues

In his presentation, Stephen Alexander, went over the successes and lesson from the last application process for Horizon 2020.

In 2014/15 UK had a 14% success rate for Phase 1 and 2 (compared to an European average 6%) of Horizon 2020.

Concentrating on SMEs the majority of successfully funded Phase projects from SMEs had been established for at least 4 years, with h6 or more staff.

Interestingly, re-submitted projects are at least twice as successful in gaining funding.

It’s a mistake, in Stephen’s view, for proposals not to think about commercialisation.

214 SMEs from 22 countries have been selected under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument sharing more than €294 million. Twenty nine UK SMEs have between them secured over €38.5m of this funding placing us in second place amongst Member States benefiting from the programme.


Company elevator pitches part 3

Mark Gaddes, European Research and Innovation Manager, Network Rail is the owner and operator of most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain. Offering Knowledge of the market and its requirements.

Network Rail is seeking ideas, particularly in ICT - it wants robots on the railways.





Dr Clint Styles, Business Development Manager, University of Southampton - Aviation related Breakthrough innovation: a variable wing span wing with chord/camber morphing.







Tim Martin, Zapinamo is movable, online EV rapid charging system with no underground cables as it stores energy. It has already received funding under the Innovate UK Solving Urban Challenges with Data – Feasibility Studies competition.







Stephen Stacey, EuroRAP is offering a methodology for road assessment, with the intention of risk-free roads.









Graeme Burns, Voyage Control

Offering a cloud-based SaaS platform that helps businesses manage, monetise and track freight deliveries. Looking to expand into fleet management.







Carol Watts, Collaboration Manager for Infrastructure, University of Southampton

Specialist research and teaching laboratories and testing facilities, seeking industry partners, e.g. for ITS, safety, logistics and green vehicles







Additional networking presentations

Dr Gerrit Boehm, OpenCapacity OpenCapacity measures the available space for standing and seating on Public Transport, by using sensors already available on public transport vehicles.

Christopher Bristow, Better Points Better Points is a localised behaviour change system that uses incentives, recognition and social interaction – taking advantage of mobile technology & system integration.

Ralph Dodds, BMT-isis Independent safety, risk & environmental consultants specialising in high risk industries (defence, aerospace, transport, offshore). Experienced in H2020 projects (currently on contract in €8M BRIDGES project).

Prof Graham Braithwaite, Director, Transport Systems, Cranfield University Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS United Kingdom

Membership association for those who work in Intelligent Transport Systems.

Mike Edwards, meteorpower.com Currently creating range of new high performance electric motorcycles. Designing new electric motor & controller to meet power & packaging goals. Developing a rapid charging technology offering twelve minute charge time.

Paul Andrews, CEO, Oaktec Inventor of the Pulse-R gas engine, being developed for applications with CNG, bio-gas, and LPG.

Margaret Adams, Development Manager European Programmes, FutureRailway Programme, RSSB Cross industry technical experts and engineers

Shiva Sundaram, Collaborative Projects Co-ordinator, TWI Ltd

Leading service provider for Welding, Joining process, Materials and Structural integrity.

Dr. Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager, WMG centre HVM Catapult: WMG, University of Warwick has particular expertise in lightweighting, and energy storage & management. It has a growing rail portfolio.


Workshop sessions:

Consortia building: Louise Mothersole - How to put together a winning team

Reprising her recent KTN webinar on consortia building: How to put together a winning team, Louise suggested engaging with networks, refer to databases and “don’t wait”.

“Evaluators are not experts; don’t assume they understand everything of the state of the art -treat them as informed engineers."

“Don’t forget about exploitation. The Commission don’t want to fund what I call Shelfware.”

“Ricardo are my poster boys for the last round of Horizon 20202 funding - they got involved by sending engineers to groups, not business development managers or PR reps.”

“Funding roadmaps are freely available for referencing in applications”.

As an additional point for Welsh companies or Universities, the Welsh Government will fund the cost of companies and academics attending EU Information days up to £1k and will even contribute to the costs of proposal writing up to £10k – see http://wefo.gov.wales/programmes/horizon2020/scoreguidance/?lang=en


Facilitator: Ben Sharman – EPSRC, NCP Europe in a changing world

Consortia Building: How to Put Together a Winning Team

Ben Sharman said the commission is keen for societal issues to be embedded into Horizon 2020 Transport projects.








Closing remarks

Ian Stock gathered the meeting back together to conclude, thanking delegates, speakers and all involved in the event.

He highlighted that opportunities for networking will continue - a Meeting Mojo online partnering tool is open to send messages to attendees not met on the day.

“It was great meeting you all and hearing about the innovation discussed. What struck me is innovation produced economic growth, with a factor of 7-9 financial benefit per pound spent. With collaboration that is even greater, and given the societal challenges mentioned the need for innovation will be even greater. I suggest you get involved.”

“Have a safe journey home.”




Update: ‘European Green Vehicle Initiative' 

KTN will be hosting a half day brokerage event on the European Green Vehicle Initiative at the Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes on 11 September, right after LCV 2015.

Registration details will open shortly.  

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