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Quiet Transport

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Funding programme
National (Germany)
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Background & Policy context

While current activities are making progress in the reduction of toxic air pollutants, combating noise and vibrations at their source still requires considerable research. The population is becoming increasingly aware of noise. Further increases in traffic are leading to ever greater expressions of annoyance on the part of the general public - primarily due to heightened awareness of the negative effects of traffic on health.

In the face of such urgent issues, the reduction of noise and vibrations (structure-borne sound) is addressed in particular detail in this research initiative. The focus of this research must be the eradication of noise at its source in order to avoid the use of sub-optimal noise protection walls which scar the landscape and increase infrastructure costs. R&D should be focused on Europe-wide solutions.

Strategic Objectives

The funding initiative 'Silent Traffic' (Leiser Verkehr) is aimed at the development of novel, scientifically founded insights in the field of noise impact research. A fundamental objective is to study the effect of qualitative noise parameters and to determine methods of manipulating these parameters directly in order to reduce the impact of traffic noise.


Institution Type
Institution Name
Akademie Rheinland GmbH, PT MVBW - on behalf of Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions

The funding rules described here refer to the 'Mobility and Transport' sector programme, which defines the procedures for all related sub-programmes.

Funding is provided for research and development as well as demonstration projects which aim to promote sustainable mobility and contribute to creating an efficient and safe transport system.

The most important ongoing funding activities include the lead projects for improving mobility in conurbations, which develop and demonstrate systems solutions for transport in big cities.
Furthermore funding is provided for project networks to increase the efficiency of freight traffic, to reduce environmental stress caused by traffic, particularly road traffic, and to increase road safety. As mobility and transport take place in a constantly changing social environment, relevant activities will include the interdisciplinary study of the social aspects of individual mobility.

All commercial and non-commercial institutions and individuals are eligible for funding. Depending upon the subject, these include in particular institutions of higher education, non-university research establishments and similar institutions, business enterprises, territorial authorities and associations. In some cases, calls for proposals are addressed to specific groups of potential applicants. The focus is on projects which involve co-operation by several partners who, in an interdisciplinary approach and on the basis of shared responsibility, develop highly innovative solutions for the above-mentioned funding activities and/or try to demonstrate their suitability for practical application and which, by involving or co-operating with science, industry and the planning sector, aim to ensure utilisation of the research results on the broadest possible scale.

Participating countries

Projects covered

No projects covered for this programme.


Mr Jürgen Frenzel
TÜV-Akademie Rheinland GmbH
(Projektträger Mobilität und Verkehr, Bauen und Wohnen des BMBF; PT MVBW)
Köln (Cologne)
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