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Ministry of Transport and Communication's (various projects)



Ministry of Transport and Communication's (various projects)
Liikenne- ja viestintäministeriön liikennepolitiikkaa tukevat tutkimushankkeet

Background & policy context: 

The R&D financed by the Ministry may be classified as short-term projects (quick state-of-the-art studies) and medium/long-term programmes. About half of the money is spent on long term programmes. The priority areas are logistics, transport telematics, scenarios and forecasts, interaction between land use and transport, e-commerce and information society.

In addition to the programmes, there are strategic subjects/themes of research going on. The content of these themes is changing all the time when some short term projects end and new ones begin. Some of these themes have also larger projects, even programmes. The research themes include:

  • Development Programmes for Public Transport
  • Goods Transport and Logistics
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • Traffic Safety
  • Environment and Vehicle Technology
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Transport forecasts and Transport Economics
  • Research co-operation in Neighbouring Areas
Strategic Objectives: 

The R&D of Ministry of Transport and Communications is designed to achieve the goals of intelligent and sustainable transport system. An intelligent transport system is one in which technology is widely used in different transport functions, in personal mobility solutions and transport services, administration systems and individual activities. These technologies are increasingly using real-time data. Sustainability refers to a system that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. A sustainable system requires a more effective range of measures, full awareness of the impact of different measures, and careful targeting of the impacts for the equal benefit of different transport system users, the public at large and the business community.

In the Ministry of Transport and Communications, transport research and development is a tool to aid strategic planning, used to find a socio-economic optimum for the transport and communications system, and on the other hand an investment whose return is in the form of a more efficiently functioning system, with lower transportation costs, improved traffic safety and reduced environmental problems.

Within the Ministry's administrative sector, the transport and communications development work is generally shared. Each organisation has its own differentiated and specialised roles and responsibilities which are frequently reflected in the R&D work. The Ministry initiates co-operation and actively ensures the right conditions for successful co-operation at the programme and project set-up stage and in progress of the programme and projects.

Programme organisation: 

The transport research and development is following the goals of Finnish transport policy of being a transport system in which personal mobility and transport services are intelligent and sustainable and have due regard for economic, environmental, social and cultural considerations.

In the programmes, a basic operating model is that the organisations within the administrative sector supervise the R&D programmes through e.g. management groups, while the practical project management is taken care of by full and part-time project leaders.

The development projects and other investigations commissioned separately or as part of various wider themes may use different operating models. The models feature joint funding, management groups, steering groups, co-ordinators or project secretaries as applicable.

Leading Institutions:

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The Ministry of Transport and Communications provides an average of EUR 8-8.5 million in funding for research and development activities. In addition, about EUR 0.6 million of the annual allocation for public transport development has been used for R&D projects. The Government's departments and agencies within the ministry's purview spend around EUR 23 million on research each year. This does not include research by state-owned enterprises and companies within the ministry's purview.

The total funding required for projects in the ministry's R&D programmes includes also funding provided by the project partners. The funding provided from the project partners is greatest in programmes that seek to utilise information technology (e.g. FITS, NAVI, MONA, HEILI and VALO). As the ministry's total funding for these programmes is about EUR 10 million during the programme lifetime, the funding by other partners will amount to about EUR 52 million.

With the Ministry's funding for all the projects amounting to EUR 8-8.5 million per year, a rough estimate is that the annual funding by other partners is EUR 20 million.

Participating countries: 
Number of projects:
Projects covered: 

Project examples within the transport themes (some of these are European projects with participation/support from the Finnish MinTC):

  1. Development Programmes for Public Transport:
    - Accessible Public Transport
    - Passenger transport survey 2004-2005
    - Promotion of Tourist Traffic
    - Studies Related to the Finance and Development of Passenger Transport Supporting the Operation and Transport Policy Decision-Making of Passenger Transport Unit
    - CAPTURE - Best practices for developing local transport
    - COOPERATION in ITS development - Telematics co-operation between Finland and Germany
    - PROGRESS - Demonstrations of transport pricing options and their acceptability
    - INFOPOLIS 2 - Improvement of safe evacuation systems and obstacle-free access routes in vessels engaged in passenger traffic
    - MARETOPE - Changes in the operating environment of public transport and their impact on EU countries
    - PROMPT - Promotion of pedestrian traffic in cities
  2. Goods Transport and Logistics
    - EU-FRISBEE Freight Transport Information System of the Baltic Sea Region
    - Further Development of Scenario Tool
    - Goods transport decision-making model: a case study of the building product industry
    - Fuel consumption of timber trucks: a preliminary survey
    - Electronic terminal information service in container transport (TERMIS)
    - International EDIFACT co-operation in transport sector
    - Applications and Realisation of Activity-based Costing of Transport
    - Competitiveness of Transport Systems - JÄRKI
    - Developing the Finnish transport industry: preliminary report
    - Thematic Networks of Goods Transport by Rail, Supplementary Studies Concerning Finland
    - Developing regional logistics
    - EU City freight, urban distribution transport
    - EUTP II, Thematic Network on Freight Transfer Points and Terminals
  3. Transport of Dangerous Goods
    - Transport of Dangerous Goods information system
    - Safety and Environmental Impacts of Transport of Dangerous Goods
    - Technical requirements on vehicle and equipment
  4. Traffic Safety
    - EU-ROSITA 2
    - Developing the driving instructor examination
    - High risk drivers on the road
    - Travel behaviour follow-up system
    - System faults in accidents involving heavy-goods vehicles
    - The impacts of hands-free legislation
    - Training for the harmonisation of traffic safety work
    - Driving
Project Profiles:
  1. BAIID experiment (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device). Process follow-up
  2. Better everyday mobility through improved public transport – the Public Transport Action Plan 2009-2015
  3. Deregulation of cargo traffic on the Finnish railways. Survey of implications
  4. Economic impacts of transit traffic: computer model TRAMA
  5. Follow-up of accessibility in public transport
  6. New models for the funding of transport infrastructure services
  7. Pre-study on the impacts of road user charges in Finland
  8. Preliminary study of the national travel survey 2010–2011
  9. Road safety of elderly people
  10. The long-term effects of hands free legislation on mobile phone use
  11. The modelling of freight transport of the building product industry in Finland
  12. Transport Intensities within Industrial Branches in Finland
Contact Name: 
Ms Anne Miettinen
Contact Email: 
Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
P.O.Box 31
Contact country:
+358 9 160 28394, +358 40 7549862
Fax Number: 
+358 9 160 28595