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Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 published - open to innovation, open to science, and open to the world

The official version of the Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme for 2016/2017 - Smart, green and integrated transport was published on 13 October 2015.

Within the €16 billion work programme for 2016-17, The Transport Challenge ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ is offering a budget of €352.6 million in 2016 and €403.5 million in 2017 to achieve a European transport system that is resilient, resource-efficient, climate- and environmentally- friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society.

The activities of this Work Programme are addressed in three Calls for proposals:

  1. Mobility for Growth (€436 million)
  2. Automated Road Transport (€114 million over two years)
  3. European Green Vehicles Initiative

In addition, Transport contributes to calls in the cross-cutting focus areas of Blue Growth and Energy Efficiency. Also, it contributes to the SME instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot Calls.

The three calls, the programme document states, have been defined while taking into account the ‘Clean Sky 2’, ‘SESAR’, ‘Shift2Rail’ and ‘Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2’ Joint Undertakings. In addition, European GNSS will provide new opportunities for the localisation and the guidance of vehicles.

 

Synergies with other parts of Horizon 2020

The document also states that synergies ‘will also be pursued with all these initiatives as well as with other parts of Horizon 2020, namely 'Information and Communication Technologies' (ICT), 'Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing and processing' (NMBP), 'Space', 'Secure, clean and efficient energy', ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ and 'Secure societies’.’

In this regard, Louise has examined the non-Transport Work Programmes and has identified the following that could be of interest to the Transport Community:

If any of these calls are of interest, Louise has offered to put you in touch with her national contact point counterpart for that Work Programme.

The European Transport Network Alliance (ETNA) - a partnership of all of the European Transport NCPs - has set up a partner search service for the 2016 Transport Work Programme. This allows “very specific searches” in topics of interest and profile to enable potential participants to be noticed and, potentially invited to join a team.

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