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December 2012

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Dear Readers,

We are pleased to bring you the latest Transport Research and Innovation news for December. News and opportunities from EU Institutions, along with activities from the research community are included.

Happy New Year,

The TRIP Team


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New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 8 772 European and national projects in total. New descriptions and result summaries are added continually.

New transport events

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News from TRIP

Two TRIP Videos Available

TRIP Participation in Polis Conference

News from the EU Institutions

Vice-President Kallas Seeks Pan-European Cooperation on Single Sky

Infographics Available on how Transport allows Europe to Connect to Compete

Two Calls for TEN-T Proposals

Portal on Trans-European Transport Network with Dynamic Maps

Winners of Sustainable Mobility Funding Announced

IEE Call for Energy in Transport STEER 2013

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


ERRAC hands over ‘RailRoute 2050' document to the European Commission

Call for Abstracts for Invited Sessions for TRA 2014

2013 Young Researcher of the Year Award

News from TRIP

Two TRIP Videos Available

We are pleased to announce the release of the first two videos released by TRIP.

‘Innovating for a competitive and resource-efficient transport system' highlights the contribution of transport research, development, and innovation to the economic prosperity and social integration of Europe. It is narrated by Matthias Ruete, Director General at DG MOVE, European Commission.

‘Towards low carbon transport in Europe' demonstrates the role transport research and innovation can play in helping to meet the EU targets on CO2 emission reduction. The video features interviews with Hugues Van-Honacker, Policy officer of the ‘Green Cars Initiative' at DG MOVE, European Commission, and Frédéric Sgarbi, Head of Sector ‘Innovative Automotive Systems' at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission.

The videos are available on the new Videos page of the TRIP website.

These two videos complement the policy brochures published on each of these topics.

If you have any questions, remarks, or feedback, the TRIP helpdesk is at your disposal at

TRIP Participation in Polis Conference

Members of the TRIP consortium were present with a stand at the 2012 Annual Polis conference in Perugia, Italy from 29-30 November. TRIP communication materials, including Policy Brochures and a series of appealing (or amusing) gadgets were shared with the participants.

Thank you to all who stopped by and visited us.

News from the European Institutions

Vice-President Kallas Seeks Pan-European Cooperation on Single Sky

On 13 December Vice-President Siim Kallas called Director-General representatives of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) for cooperation between ECAC and the EU, including full engagement on the implementation of the Single European Sky.

Vice-president Kallas said: ‘For industry, business and citizens to reap the benefits of the Single Sky, we first need to be empowered with the full support of Member States. I would very much like to see Member State civil aviation Director-Generals now take more responsibility and ownership of the project to help in that delivery. Next year is crucial for the Single Sky – and we need ECAC's full engagement in this as well.'

Access the full speech online.

Infographics Available on how Transport Allows Europe to Connect to Compete

The European Commission has released infographics on Innovating to Compete, Generating Growth, Connecting People, and Creating Jobs, as well as an Infographics Video. You will find that ‘Europe's companies are leading innovators accounting for 40% of industrial R&D transport investments worldwide', and many other related facts.

Two Calls for TEN-T Proposals

European Commission has launched two Calls for Proposals under the 2012 Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) multi-annual and annual programmes. These proposals make € 1.265 billion available to finance European infrastructure projects in air, rail, road, and maritime/inland waterways as well as intelligent transport systems. Priorities include:

•  European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS), € 100 million

•  River Information Services (RIS), € 10 million

•  Air Traffic Management (ATM), € 50 million

•  Motorways of the Sea (MoS), € 80 million

•  Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), € 50 million

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 28 February 2013.

For more information, please visit the TEN-T site.

Portal on Trans-European Transport Network with Dynamic Maps

The European Commission has launched a new portal providing citizens and businesses with access up-to-date information on the advancement of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Satellite-based dynamic maps, facts, figures and various audio-visual and interactive elements are included. This TENtec Information System will allow users to see the live development of the TEN-T network in the region they are interested in, on demand.

More information and the maps can be found on the TENTec portal.

Winners of Sustainable Mobility Funding Announced

21 winning actions were chosen to receive up to € 7 000 each from the European Commission within the framework of the Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign. This money will be used to further the activities of the winning initiatives as they promote sustainable urban mobility.

View the full list of winners.

IEE Call for Energy in Transport - STEER 2013 Priority

The 2013 IEE call for project proposals is open, including € 65 million available for funding. Part of this programme includes STEER: Energy for Transport , which accounts of € 9.6 million.

STEER 2013 will cover the following two Key Actions:

•  Energy-efficient transport. This area includes actions that increase the number of cities and regions preparing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), actions that apply behavioural change approaches to support the transition from car based mobility to one based on walking, cycling, and public transport, actions that help move towards near zero emissions in urban centres, strategic initiatives informing the debate on how to halve the use of ‘conventionally-fuelled' cars, and more.

Clean and energy-efficient vehicles. This area includes actions that support policies and initiatives to increase the number of non-conventionally fuelled (including electric) passengers and/or goods vehicles in urban areas.

The deadline for submissions is 8 May 2013.

More information can be found on the IEE Website. Information will also be available at the IEE Info Day 2013 in Brussels on 23 January.

News from the Transport Research Community

ERRAC hands over ‘RailRoute 2050' Document to the European Commission

ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council, held its plenary meeting in Brussels on 23 November 2012. Under the new Chairmanship of Josef Doppelbauer (Chief Technical Officer, Bombardier) as Chairman together with Andy Doherty and Manuel Pereira as Vice-Chairmen, many important current issues were discussed, including the progress on the rail JTI initiative known as SHIFT²RAIL and the ERRAC ROADMAPS results.

The plenary meeting was also the occasion for ERRAC to officially hand over the 'RailRoute 2050' railway research and innovation vision document to the European Commission. ‘RailRoute 2050' includes research opportunities for a competitive, resource-efficient, and intelligent rail transport system.

More information is available on the ERRAC press release.

Call for Abstracts for Invited Sessions for TRA 2014

The fifth Transport Research Arena Conference, TRA 2014, will take place on 14-17 April 2014 in Paris, La Défense. The first call for abstracts or proposals for invited sessions, and some preliminary information about the conference have been published and can be found on the TRA 2014 submission website. The conference website will be available in the near future.

TRA 2014 will also be the first large event where the ‘Horizon 2020' research and innovation programme will be discussed in depth, as this programme is expected to be launched at the beginning of 2014.

Submissions for invited sessions are requested through March 29, 2013.

2013 Young Researcher of the Year Award

The Young Researcher of the Year Award aims to encourage and reward young academics under 35 years of age who are investigating the major contribution of transport to the well-being of our societies.

A prize of € 5 000 and an invitation to the Annual Summit of Transport Ministers in Leipzig, Germany on 22-24 May 2013 will be awarded to the best paper analysing interlinkages between financial needs and specific projects in the transport sector.

The Award is being offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD and the deadline for submissions is 15 February 2013.

For more information, including the application form, visit the International Transport Forum website.

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