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If you put the effort in, you can succeed - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport 2015

10 February 2015 - Last Friday, KTN hosted the second in a series of webinars on opportunities this year for transport related funding within the Horizon 2020 programme, “ostensibly”, according to Innovate UK’s Louise Mothersole, based on information provided at the EU Commission Transport Information Day in Brussels four days earlier.

As the UK Contact Point for Horizon 2020, Louise’s 45 minute presentation, viewable below, contains essential information for getting to grips with the complexities of what the Commission are seeking in applications for funding; the conditions that apply and pointers on finding partners.





All presentations from the Information Day are linked from the commission website - a review of relevant presentations Louise strongly suggested.


Smart, Green and Integrated Transport - a Societal Challenge

Smart, Green and Integrated Transport is one of the Societal Challenges addressed by Horizon 2020, with a specific objective “to achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate- and environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefits of all citizens, the economy and society”.

In other words, according to Louise, along broad lines of activities, it's not just about inventing fantastic new green transport, it's about ensuring Europe's economy continues to grow.

The programme is structured into broad lines of activities: Resource efficient transport that respects the environment; Better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security; Global Leadership for the European transport industry; and Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making.

The structure of the call is made up of a large section called Mobility for Growth, Green Vehicles, plus the previously covered call Small Business Innovation for Transport.


Mobility for Growth

Mobility for Growth is a large area - covering all transport except rail research, that is now under the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

A KTN webinar for that is planned is planned for later in the year.

Louise summarised each of the topics -  listed (in much abbreviated detail) below with links to relevant documentation. All (unless specified) have a first stage deadline of 23 April 2015, and a second stage deadline of 15 October 2015:


Green Vehicles

The are two sub-calls within the 2015 Green Vehicles call:


UK the most successful nation in applying for the 2014 Mobility for Growth call

For the 2014 Mobility for Growth call the UK was the most successful nation across EU, with 35% of potential participants successful. Less so for green Vehicles (although one company was 100% successful in their five bids in that call).

According to Louise this goes to show that “if you put the effort in you can succeed”.

Louise is happy to read draft proposals... and suggested it’s worth checking guidance to evaluators.

She also suggested paying attention to ‘impact' - i.e. how is the proposal going to chance things.... quantified.


Smart Cities and Communities

Although not strictly under Louise's transport aegis, there is a new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 - calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.

An information day for this will take place on 12 February 2015. Registration is closed as the venue capacity has been reached, however web-streaming will be provided from 09:30 to 13:30.


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