Policy Background

Research and innovation policy is incorporated in the document To the top: Towards a new enterprise policy, published by the Ministry of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation in 2011. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have the strategy document Quality in diversity: Strategic Agenda for Higher Education, Research and Science, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research also published the Connecting Science and Society NWO Strategy 2019-2022

Nine top sectors are identified for research and innovation:

  • Agro-food
  • Horticulture and propagating stock
  • High-tech materials and systems
  • Energy
  • Logistics
  • Creative industry
  • Life Sciences
  • Chemicals
  • Water

Transport research greatly contributes to transport policy in the Netherlands. A number of strategy and policy documents provide the foundation for the transport policy and research including:

Thematic White Papers are regularly issued which provide guidelines for the preparation of national legislation and regulations on transport.

Institutional framework of transport research

The organisations in research and innovation system and its governance are the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science responsible for higher education, science and basic research and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, responsible for application-oriented research and innovation.

The governance system includes several advisory bodies involved in policy analysis and evaluation:

Policy is implemented by four intermediary organisations:

 

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is responsible for developing transport policy. The key themes for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment are knowledge, innovation and strategy and are developed in specific Directorates. This responsibility is shared by several Ministerial departments:

  • Inspectorate for Transport, Public Works and Water Management
  • Directorate General for Civil Aviation and Maritime Affairs
  • Directorate General for Mobility and Rijkswaterstaat.

The Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis also provides knowledge inputs for the preparation of mobility policy with the Minisrtry. 

Different sources are available to fund transport research including public funds, dedicated transport research programmes, and international and EU programmes.

Funding Sources and Support Initiatives

There are several thematic funding sources, institutions and programmes which are funding research on transport related topics, including: