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We are pleased to bring you the latest Transport Research and Innovation news for March 2013. News and opportunities from EU Institutions, along with activities from the research community are highlighted below.

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News from TRIP

Transport Research Summary on Passenger Transport available

Six new Country Profiles available - USA, Canada, China, India, South Africa, Russia

News from the EU Institutions

Commission Decision on Annual Work Programme 2013 for Mobility and Transport

US Department of Transportation – EC Cooperation in Transport Research

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

Smart Cities ICT Transport Ideas to be showcased at Annual Conference

ERTRAC celebrates 10 Years and publishes the ERTRAC MAP for Horizon 2020

Report on Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health

Winners of the 2012 European Mobility Week and Sustainable Urban Mobility Awards

News from TRIP

Transport Research Summary on Passenger Transport available

The Transport Research Summary, 'Passenger Transport', was released recently and is available on the TRIP website. Passenger transport represents one of 24 thematic publications being produced by the TRIP Team. Thematic Research Summaries provide a structured guide to the results of research projects carried out at mainly EU level, either as part of a framework programme or as a study commissioned by the European Commission.

Six new Country Profiles available - USA, Canada, China, India, South Africa, Russia

Six new country profiles have been added to the TRIP website, including profiles for the USA, Canada, China, India, South Africa, and Russia. These profiles are an addition to the 30 countries of the European Research Area also present on the site. The new profiles contain background information on the organisation of transport research in the respective countries, including institutional frameworks and in some cases, funding sources.

News from the European Institutions

Commission Decision on Annual Work Programme 2013 for Mobility and Transport

On 11 March 2013, the European Commission published a Decision on the 2013 annual work programme for mobility and transport with a budget of € 27 510 000, which will be dedicated to areas such as road safety, training for a harmonized application of road transport legislation, and a customer centric rail distribution model.

The work programme is a useful tool because it not only establishes the financial envelope for the above mentioned actions, it also presents the selection and award criteria, and financing rates for grants awarded.

In addition to the actions to be financed by the work programme, the annex in the document also makes reference to other activities related to mobility and transport which will be conducted in 2013 but fall under other work programmes. This is notably the case of the Marco Polo II Programme, the Trans-European Transport Networks, and theme 7 of the Cooperation Specific programme from the 7 th Research Framework Programme, "Transport (including aeronautics)".

The Decision is available on the EU website.

US Department of Transportation – EC Cooperation in Transport Research

At a meeting on 12 February 2013 in Washington, D.C., the European Commission and the US Department of Transportation signed an agreement to boost cooperation in transport research. The agreement is designed to help foster research into new cross-cutting technologies in order to improve transportation systems and maintain competitiveness.

European Commission Director-General Robert-Jan Smits said: "By engaging in more joint research, the EU and the US can produce greater scientific breakthroughs, encourage new industries and provide more solutions to societal problems. We can speed up those breakthroughs by putting our best brains together across academia and industry, and by fostering joint projects at sufficient scope and scale. I am personally committed to this goal."

Find the press release on the EU website.

News from the Transport Research Community

Smart Cities ICT Transport Ideas to be showcased at Annual Conference

The Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership is seeking proposals for new ideas for innovative energy-saving solutions targeted towards ‘Mobility and Transport'. The best ideas, together with policy recommendations, will be showcased at a conference in Budapest on 5-6 June 2013, attended by EU decision makers, high-tech producers and representatives from European cities. Ideas will be evaluated by their potential to lower CO 2 emissions and costs. Examples that have already been submitted for urban transport include:

•  Provision of real-time information that helps motorists locate available parking space at their destination before and during their trips;

•  A smart-phone app that helps senior passengers plan public transport journeys that satisfy their particular needs for comfort, safety and convenience.

Those interested in submitting ideas are asked to join the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform. More information on joining the platform can be found on the Smart Cities website. Information and registration for the conference is available on the conference webpage.

ERTRAC celebrates 10 Years and publishes the ERTRAC MAP for Horizon 2020

On 6 March 2013, 200 representatives from industry, research, national ministries and the European Commission gathered to celebrate ERTRAC's 10 th Anniversary. At the event, ERTRAC presented the its Multi-Annual Implementation Plan - MAP - for Horizon 2020, summarising the priorities for road transport research for Horizon 2020. Topics presented include energy carriers and powertrains, freight and trucks, infrastructures, global competitiveness, safety, and urban mobility.

The event also served as the official launch of the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA). This new non-profit association will support the European Green Vehicles Initiative Public-Private Partnership, which is focused on research and development of technologies and infrastructures that promote the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, while promoting safety and minimizing traffic congestion.

Pictures and presentations from the conference can be found on the ERTRAC Conference website.

The ERTRAC MAP for Horizon 2020 can be downloaded from the ERTRAC Publications webpage.

Report on Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report demonstrating the important role of walking in transport policies. The report is targeted at decision makers who seek hard evidence and contains guidelines for developing a safe environment conducive to walking.

The report can be found on the OECD website.

Winners of the 2012 European Mobility Week and Sustainable Urban Mobility Awards

This year, the two major awareness raising campaigns for sustainable urban transport, the European Mobility Week and the newly launched Do the Right Mix Campaign, awarded a prize for the best performing cities during a joint ceremony. Both Vice-president Kallas and European Commissioner Janez Potocnik participated in the event in Brussels, Belgium on 6 March 2013 and awarded Zagreb (Croatia) with the 2012 European Mobility Week Award and Aberdeen (Scotland) with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Award.

According to Vice-president Kallas “Aberdeen, the winner of this year's Sustainable Urban Mobility Award, and the other finalists are at the forefront of an EU-wide drive to incorporate sustainability into urban mobility planning. The urban mobility plans devised by cities and local authorities today are crucial to boosting efficiency and competitiveness. In line with the 2012 theme, the finalists boast a strong role for citizens– a key factor in long-term urban planning success.”

For more information on the two awards, visit the related websites: http://www.mobilityweek.eu and http://dotherightmix.eu.
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