Growing needs in mobility and the simultaneous decrease of resources and their limited capacities require new solutions in policy in terms of research, innovation and technology. The previous programme 'IV2Splus' has already been successful in implementing projects. The BMVIT and the FFG continue funding research concerning mobility within the new programme 'mobility of the future'.
The research programme is developing designs to setup the mobility system of the future, a system to balance social, environmental and economic needs. The programme helps to develop systems that contribute significantly to ensuring mobility while minimising the negative impacts of transport. The complex interactions inherent in transport systems require interdisciplinary research approaches aiming at developing both technological and social organisational innovations. Thus, the programme focuses on new markets, generating solutions that respond closely to the essential needs of society.
The programme includes four complementary areas in which different research themes are addressed:
- Passenger transport
- Transport infrastructure
- Materials and supplies
- Vehicle technologies
- Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
- Hybrid and battery-powered drives
- Alternative fuels
- Freight transport
- Sustainable freight transport in towns and cities
- Sustainable solutions for 'First-/ last-mile'
- Intermodal hubs
- Innovative conveyance and transport media
This combination encourages development of synergistic solutions designed to address today's mobility challenges and helps to create a sustainable future-oriented framework for mobility research.
Responsible for the strategic alignment of the programme is the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovations and Technology (BMVIT). It is supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the AustriaTech.
- The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology is divided in four sections: I) Executive Committee and Internationale Affairs, (II) Infrastructure Planning and Financing, Coordination, (III) Innovation and Telecommunication and (IV) Transport
- The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding institution for applied research and development in Austria.
- AustriaTech is a private company whose mission is to maximize the societal benefits of new transport technologies. The company was founded in 2005 as a 100% owned subsidiary of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit).
The programme "Mobility of the Future" builds up on the previous mobility related research programme IV2Splus (Intelligent transportation systems and services plus)
For the period 2012 - 2020 an annual budget of approximately EUR 15 million is foreseen for the programme. Funding is open to Austrian research entities and industry companies with international partners with a budget share of up to 20%.
The latest call (closed February 14 2018) can be found in https://www.ffg.at/mobilitaetderzukunft_call2017as10 (in German).
- Beneficiaries: Universities and non-university research groups, companies, NGOs, public agencies including transport providers.
- Coverage: Austria (primarily), international participation possible
- Measures: Biannual calls for proposals with thematic focus (competitive process), network building activities, dissemination and support for bringing products to market.
- Eligible Projects: Collaborative and strategic research with application-oriented focus.