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Dear Readers,

With December's Newsletter, TRIP closes the year featuring the latest information, opportunities and events on transport research and innovation. The TRIP team wishes you Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year.

Enjoy reading and stay tuned for more TRIP news in 2014!

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New project profiles

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News from TRIP

TRIP in 2013: a Year of Success!

New TRIP Publication: Awareness, information and user rights

News from the EU Institutions

HORIZON 2020: First Transport Calls for Proposals Published

Call for Tenders: Study on Alternative Ship Fuel

Infrastructure: €350 million to Fund Key TEN-T Projects

Job Trends and Working Conditions in Transport: Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder Consultation on “Pilot Common Project”

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


ITF: 2014 Summit and Transport Outlook

EPOMM Award 2014

Promoting Active Travel with PASTA Project

Lightening Aviation Economic and Environmental Costs with ESTOLAS

Small-scale Logistic Solutions to Grow

MOWE-IT: 10 Questions to Improve Transport Resilience

News from TRIP

TRIP in 2013: a Year of Success!

With a steady pace in terms of audience's increase during 2013, TRIP established itself as the reference portal for communicating transport research and innovation in Europe. TRIP is regularly followed by about 2 500 newsletter subscribers and the website has an average of 8 000 visits a month. Within only a few months, TRIP also reached an impressive number of connections on LinkedIn. A special thanks to over 1 200 LinkedIn Members for this great success!

Explore the portal and find out what's in it for you:

•  A Project Database of over 7 500 transport research related projects

•  Country Profiles, presenting national institutions and organisations responsible for funding, promoting and supporting transport research

•  Programmes for research and innovation in transport at European and national level

•  Policy Brochures presenting results of transport research according to policy topics

•  Thematic Research Summaries on 24 transport themes

•  Videos providing a quick synopsis of each Policy Brochure

•  News regarding the latest in transport research, policies and innovation, including monthly e-Newsletters

Events Calendar of high-level international transport conferences, events and workshops.

New TRIP Publication: Awareness, information and user rights

TRIP has released a new Thematic Research Summary (TRS) on “Awareness, information and user rights”, providing an overview of EU-funded research and studies in those areas.

The Summary embraces both research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) and studies financed by DG MOVE. The publication presents research on raising awareness on mobility and driving behaviour, as well as on job opportunities in the transport sector. Furthermore, it contains projects and studies on passenger information systems and passenger rights.

Published in English, the publication is available online via the TRIP portal.

News from the European Institutions

HORIZON 2020: First Transport Calls for Proposals Published

Horizon 2020, the world's biggest ever Research and Innovation framework programme, has officially launched the first round of calls for proposals. Eight calls under the “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” societal challenge have now been published:

For 2014:

•  Green Vehicles 2014

•  Mobility for Growth 2014 - Two Stages

•  Mobility for Growth 2014 - Single Stage A

•  Mobility for Growth 2014 - Single Stage B

For 2015:

•  Green Vehicles 2015

•  Mobility for Growth 2015 - Two Stages

•  Mobility for Growth 2015 - Single Stage A

•  Mobility for Growth 2015 - Single Stage B

More details on the calls can be found via the Participant Portal and overall information on Horizon 2020 can also be consulted on a new website entirely dedicated to the programme.

Call for Tenders: Study on Alternative Ship Fuel

The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport is launching a call for tenders for a “Study on the completion of an EU framework on LNG-fuelled ships and its relevant fuel provision infrastructure”. The task is divided into 4 lots, notably:

•  analysis of existing gaps and obstacles to complete an EU-wide framework for marine LNG distribution, bunkering and use

•  awareness raising on associated risks and opportunities

•  assessment of the market development in the EU

•  and a recognition of supporting financial mechanisms outside the EU.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 10 January 2014. Further specifications are available on the DG MOVE website.

Infrastructure: €350 million to Fund Key TEN-T Projects

The European Commission has launched a €350 million call for proposals to fund European transport infrastructure (TEN-T) projects across all EU Member States and different transport modes.

Vice President Kallas stressed the importance of the call, saying that “With the 2007-2013 budgetary period coming to an end, we will make the best possible use of these TEN-T Calls for Proposals to make sure European transport infrastructure supports a seamless mobility of goods and people throughout the European Union. I am confident that these calls will elicit great interest throughout the EU, as Member States realise the importance of investing today for tomorrow's growth and jobs”.

This year's multi-annual calls focus on five fields, with €280 million of total indicative budget available:

  • The 30 TEN-T Priority Projects (with the exception of MoS): indicative budget €50 million.
  • Motorways of the Sea (MoS) providing viable alternatives for congested roads by shifting freight to sea routes: indicative budget €80 million.
  • European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS), enabling interoperability on the European rail network: indicative budget €70 million.
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM), implementing the Single European Sky and ATM modernisation objectives: indicative budget €30 million.
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), promoting interoperability and continuity of real time traffic and travel information services across Europe towards a safer and more efficient road network: indicative budget €50 million.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 11 March 2014.

For more information visit the website of the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency.

Job Trends and Working Conditions in Transport: Stakeholder Consultation

Up until the end of January, transport organisations, authorities and companies are invited to express their opinions on trends and prospects of jobs and working conditions in the transport sector. By taking the survey, stakeholders may contribute to improve the EU's approach towards employment across the various transport modes. We kindly invite you to take part to the survey:

•  Online questionnaire for enterprises

•  Online questionnaire for non-enterprises (other organisations, authorities, etc.)

Stakeholder Consultation on “Pilot Common Project”

Until the end of January, the European Commission has opened a consultation on the establishment of the “Pilot Common Project”, supporting the implementation of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan. The pilot will combine coherent technological improvements, aiming to enhance the performance of the European Air Traffic Management system in the short to medium term.

Stakeholders active in the Air Traffic Management sector, as well as related organisations, bodies and public administrations , are invited to contribute through an online questionnaire, commenting on different ATM functionalities, and therefore helping the EU in shaping the upcoming Pilot Common Project.

Further information is available on the DG MOVE website.
News from the Transport Research Community

ITF: 2014 Summit and Transport Outlook

The intergovernmental organisation International Transport Forum (ITF), associated with OECD, is getting ready for next year's Summit, which will be dedicated to the theme “Transport for a Changing World”. The 2014 Summit will be held under the national presidency of France between 21 and 23 May 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. The ITF will challenge participants to rethink how transport can deliver prosperity, while ensuring environmental sustainability and coping with worldwide economic, urban and technologic transformations.

In view of the Summit, ITF has also shared its long-term outlook on transport, foreseeing that by 2050 the volume of global transport will be significantly higher, which may lead to a potential growth in global CO2 emissions, ranging from 30% to 170%. Options to avoid this scenario will strongly depend on strategies adopted by policy-makers, as well as on their willingness to set sustainability as a priority, says the report.

The ITF Transport Outlook is available online. Registration for the ITF 2014 Summit will be open in mid-January.

EPOMM Award 2014

The EPOMM Award 2014 for “Best Practice Transfer in Mobility Management” is now open to applications. EPOMM, the European Platform on Mobility Management, created the Award with the purpose of rewarding and offering visibility to best policy transfer between different entities from different European countries.

Candidates can submit their application until 15 February 2014. Winners will be invited to the European Conference on Mobility Management in Florence, taking place between 7 and 9 May 2014.

Further information is available on EPOMM website.

Promoting Active Travel with PASTA Project

PASTA, which stands for “Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches”, is a new FP7 project focusing on how to inspire active travel in urban environments. Defined as a moderated exercise, active travel means moving by cycling or walking. This requires fewer efforts than intense physical activity but is certainly an integrating part of a daily exercise, as it contributes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

With the participation of 14 partners, including the World Health Organisation and Oxford University, PASTA will define a set of suitable interventions and conditions to promote physical activity in transport, taking a close look at 7 case-study cities: Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Örebro, Rome, Vienna, Zurich.

More information is available on the Polis Website.

Lightening Aviation Economic and Environmental Costs with ESTOLAS

ESTOLAS is the acronym of “Extremely Short Take Off and Landing on Any Surface” and is an EU-funded project researching on ways to reduce the economic and environmental costs of air travel. How? By revolutionising the very idea of aircraft, the ESTOLAS team is trying to combine the best features of an aeroplane, a helicopter, an airship and a hovercraft into a single hybrid aircraft.

The result, according to the project's coordinators, should contribute to bringing the cost of air transportation closer to that of rail transport, lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Having already designed and developed the concept of the hybrid aircraft, the next steps for the ESTOLAS researchers will be the running of practical tests at the beginning of 2014 and then envisaging the commercial viability of the model.

More information can be found on the project website.

Small-scale Logistic Solutions to Grow

On 29 and 30 January 2014, the EU project BESTFACT, Best Practice Factory for Freight Transport, will hold a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, showcasing small-scale solutions for urban freight, green logistics and e-freight. Clean solutions, developed within targeted niche markets, will be considered for possible uptake on a larger scale.

The seminar expects to exchange information and best practices on logistics business solutions, markets, technology aspects and policy/regulatory frameworks designed to support the diffusion of small-scale solutions.

Additional information on the event can be found on the BESTFACT website.

MOWE-IT: 10 Questions to Improve Transport Resilience

Financed by the 7th framework programme, the MOWE-IT project – short for Management Of Weather Events In the Transport system - aims at identifying existing best practices and developing methodologies to assist transport operators, authorities and transport system users to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and extreme weather phenomena on transport system performance.

With this goal, the project is now collecting feedback from transport-related stakeholders on short-term solutions to enhance transport cross-modality and networks' resilience, in regards to extreme weather events and natural hazards.

We kindly ask you to take the time to reply to the questionnaire that can be found on the MOWE-IT website.

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