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July/August 2013

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Dear Readers,

We are pleased to bring you the latest transport research and innovation news for July & August. News and opportunities from EU Institutions, along with activities from the research community, are included. The next issue of the TRIP Newsletter will be released in September.

Enjoy reading and enjoy the summer!

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New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 7 556 European and national projects in total. New descriptions and result summaries are added continually.

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News from TRIP

TRIP is Now on LinkedIn

The New TRIP Compendium: A Support Tool for Transport Research Funding

News from the EU Institutions

EC Public Consultation to Improve Research and Innovation Actions related to Rail

EC Assigns New Funding to Tackle Europe's Airspace Congestion

New SESAR Publications: 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Brochure

Call for Tenders: Impact Assessment and Evaluation Studies

The EU & US Strengthen Cooperation in Transport Research

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


First TRA Newsletter Published

ALICE: a New Logistic Platform to Increase Europe’s Competitiveness

Key Drivers Roadmap for Future Mobility and Transport

Europe on the Move with Naviki

“Do the Right Mix”: 18 Projects Awarded

Recyclability and Recoverability Calculation Method for Railway Rolling Stock

News from TRIP

TRIP is Now on LinkedIn

TRIP has created a new LinkedIn account, which proved to be a real success reaching almost 600 connections in a few days! From September on, the TRIP LinkedIn account will open discussion groups to share experiences, knowledge and opportunities among the Transport Research and Innovation Community. Join TRIP on LinkedIn and stay tuned!

The New TRIP Compendium: A Support Tool for Transport Research Funding

TRIP has just released a new updated Compendium of Transport Research Funding, presenting a snapshot of European and national programmes, initiatives and funding sources in the field of transport research.

In addition to information on policies and initiatives run by the European Commission, the Compendium focuses on 36 individual country profiles. Aside from the countries within the European Research Area (ERA), the publication provides information about Canada, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the United States, as these countries have also been participating in FP7 programmes.

Given the frequent updates occurring for programmes and policies in transport research, as well as on the key stakeholders and institutions involved, the Compendium should be considered as complementary to the TRIP portal, where the latest material on Transport Research Funding is continually featured and updated.

A new release of the Compendium will be issued in 2014. Should you know of any new programme, policy or research institution in your country worth mentioning, don't hesitate to tell us via the TRIP helpdesk!

The Compendium is available online. Printed copies can be freely requested from the TRIP helpdesk at
News from the European Institutions

EC Public Consultation to Improve Research and Innovation Actions related to Rail

The EC is calling all interested stakeholders to share their opinion on EU research and innovation (R&I) actions related to rail under Horizon 2020.

Answering an online questionnaire that is available in any of the EU official languages, respondents can have their say on problems, measures and policies identified by the Commission. This involvement will help to improve the effectiveness of future actions. Launched on the 28th of June, the consultation will remain open until the 19th of September 2013.

For more information and to take the questionnaire, please visit the EC website.

EC Assigns New Funding to Tackle Europe's Airspace Congestion

On the 10th of July, the European Commission declared that a new €600 million funding has been allocated to extend the mandate of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (JU) for a further 8 years, until 2024.

In the words of Vice President Kallas “Europe's skies and airports risk saturation”, and preventive measures to unblock congestion seem urgent. Can new technologies, traffic optimisation and improved data management prepare Europe for the 50% increase of flights expected in the next years ? With this strategic investment, the SESAR Joint Undertaking will continue to look into the solution, in an effort to reform Europe's airspace, doubling its capacity and halving air traffic management costs, trying to make Europe's Single Sky a reality.

More information can be found on the EU website.

New SESAR Publications: 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Brochure

Also in the context of SESAR, two new publications have been issued: the 2012 Annual Report and 2013 brochure.

The 2012 Annual Report focuses on the European ATM Master Plan 2012, a new European roadmap for ATM Modernisation and the flagship plan for all SESAR activities and research, while the 2013 brochure details the main solutions that will be put through systematic validation processes and exercises during 2013, in order to prepare them for industrialisation.

For more information on the publications please visit the SESAR website.

Call for Tenders: Impact Assessment and Evaluation Studies

DG MOVE has opened a call for a framework contract for Impact Assessment and Evaluation Studies ('ex ante', intermediate and 'ex post') in the field of transport. The deadline for the receipt of tenders is the 21st of August 2013.

This contract is divided into 5 lots.

  • Lot No 1: Air
  • Lot No 2: Rail
  • Lot No 3: Road
  • Lot No 4: Waterborne transport
  • Lot No 5: Horizontal transport issues

For further information and details regarding the call, please visit the website.

The EU & US Strengthen Cooperation in Transport Research

The Transport Research sector will benefit from a renewed and strengthened cooperation between the EU and the US, as shown by the “City Logistics : A Transatlantic Perspective” symposium, recently held in Washington.

This symposium was the opportunity for fifty researchers from both parties to gather together and prepare the groundwork for exchanging best practices, ideas and perspectives for the upcoming years, with two meetings scheduled in the US and two in Europe respectively. Enhancing communication is a key asset to improve transnational collaboration.

The presentations given during the symposium are now available online.

News from the Transport Research Community

First TRA Newsletter Published

The Transport Research Arena (TRA) - the major European conference dedicated to surface transport research - has released its first newsletter. While waiting for the biannual event, which will take place in Paris from the 14th through the 17th of April 2014, you can already take a glimpse at the newsletter which features a welcome message by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) and explains how the major conference partners and organisers are getting ready for this high-level event.

The fifth edition of the TRA will coincide with the beginning of Horizon 2020, the new European Framework Programme for research and innovation. “Transport Solutions: from Research to Deployment” is the theme of the conference, which represents a meeting platform for researchers, practitioners, academia, industry, education and end-users willing to exchange views on how best to use research results and steer future projects.

The first TRA newsletter can be downloaded here.

ALICE: a New Logistic Platform to Increase Europe’s Competitiveness

ALICE, short for Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, opens the doors to a more efficient and sustainable logistics in Europe, in the framework of Horizon 2020. Backed by major industry players and welcomed by the Commission, the brand-new initiative wants Europe to take the lead in logistics management, setting a platform where shippers and logistics service providers will closely cooperate.

ALICE arises from the idea that moving goods in a better, faster and safer way is a key driver for economic competitiveness, as logistic improvements are automatically translated into economic benefits. At present, logistics is roughly contributing to 14% of Europe's GDP and also having a relevant impact on the quality of the EU manufacturing and service sectors.

ALICE's challenge is to achieve a 30% improvement of end-to-end logistics performance by 2030, turning logistics into a sector “that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, contributing to both industry competitiveness and the EU policy targets", as pointed out by Ralph Keck, ALICE Chairman, P&G Director Product Supply and GTM Innovation.

For further information please visit the EC website.

Key Drivers Roadmap for Future Mobility and Transport

The results of the research activity that was carried out in the COMPASS project are now online. The project, co-funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme , has created an interactive roadmap of social, economic, environmental and technological key drivers that are likely to play a dominant role in the next decades within Europe and influence current and future mobility patterns.

The roadmap is meant to overcome the boundary of consolidated research approaches, expanding the investigation to a number of factors, external to mobility and transport, however, potentially affecting these domains. Moreover, the roadmap is a successful effort to translate research findings in a tangible and accessible way.

For more information, visit the Compass website.

Europe on the Move with Naviki

Cycling across Europe is made easier with “Naviki”, a new route planner. "Naviki" is a tool that has been developed by the EU-funded project with the same name and was conceived to locate, plan and record users' cycling routes across Europe, using a friendly and multi-language interface.

The system is currently available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Additional countries are expected to be covered soon.

More information is available on the project website.

“Do the Right Mix”: 18 Projects Awarded

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign, an EC-funded action to encourage sustainable mobility practices, is awarding 18 promotional actions.

The campaign's second call for funding saw 74 applications from 18 out of 30 eligible countries and selected the most original and effective ones . Each winner will receive up to 7000 Euro as a prize . The central aim is to encourage EU citizens to embrace multi-modality.

To see the complete list of winners, please visit the campaign website.

Recyclability and Recoverability Calculation Method for Railway Rolling Stock

UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry – published the new “Recyclability and Recoverability Calculation Method for Railway Rolling Stock” report, accompanied by the “Recycling Calculation” template.

The report is a collaborative work of the UNIFE's “Life Cycle Assessment Topical Group”, a team focused on the improvement of rail eco-performance and the optimisation of production and tendering costs. The publication makes an effort to define a common approach for the calculation of recyclability and recoverability rates within the railway industry. Furthermore, the document also presents a common rail industry method (based on Automotive standard ISO 22628), to make recyclability and recoverability figures comparable and transparent.

The report and the template are available here:

Recyclability and Recoverability Calculation Method - Railway Rolling Stock

Recycling Calculation template
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