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Revised 2015 work programme for Horizon2020 transport research

The 2015 call for proposals for the Horizon 2020 Smart, Green and Integrated Transport programme has been published, including an indicative budget of €214 million, with the next closing dates for calls set for 23 April 2015.

Smart, green and integrated transport is one of seven ‘societal challenges’ under the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation reflecting the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy.

It is designed to address the major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade.


Smart, green and integrated transport

The objective of the Transport Challenge ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ is “to achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate- and environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society”.

The Smart, green and integrated transport Transport Challenge has a total budget of €6,339 million for the period of 2014-2020, and contains four main objectives, each supported by specific activities.

Horizon 2020 will provide funding for a resource efficient transport that respects the environment to make aircraft, vehicles and vessels cleaner and quieter to minimise the impact of transport system on climate and the environment, by developing smart equipment, infrastructures and services and by improving transport and mobility in urban areas.

Horizon 2020 also aims for better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security through a substantial reduction of traffic congestion; a substantial improvement in the mobility of people and freight; developing new concepts of freight transport and logistics and by reducing accident rates, fatalities and casualties and improving security.

Horizon 2020 supports a global leadership for the European transport industry by reinforcing the competitiveness and performance of European transport manufacturing industries and related services including logistic processes and retain areas of European leadership (such as aeronautics).

Horizon 2020 targets a socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making. The aim is to support improved policy making which is necessary to promote innovation and meet the challenges raised by transport and the societal needs related to it.

These activities are addressed in this Work Programme by three Calls for proposals titled:

1.        Mobility for Growth (€21 million)

2.        Green Vehicles  (€30 million)

3.        Small Business and Fast Track Innovation for Transport

In addition to the these calls, other actions will be implemented by calls for tenders or by other instruments (‘Other actions’). These actions are part of the Transport Challenge envelope and complement the content of the three Calls.


List of 2015 Transport Calls

The revised Smart, green and integrated transport Work Programme was published in July, that is the definitive document for the 2015 Calls.

However, a listing of currently open calls - Calls about Smart, green and integrated transport - is also maintained on the HORIZON 2020 Programme web site.

Rail calls have been transfered to Shift2Rail Joint Technology Initiative, but the titles for this calls in the work programme are:


UK National Contact Point 

Louise Mothersole, is the Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Transport, and is happy to help interested parties to better understand how to get involved.

Louise represents the UK on the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) European Technology Platform, and the WATERBORNE European Technology Platform.

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