In 2001, the need for long-term policy-oriented research to support the activities of the Flemish Government became apparent. As a result, 12 Flemish Research Groups consisting of one or more universities or research organisations performing long-term research were established. The aim of these Research Groups is to provide scientific and research support to the Flemish government in the areas that it considers as priority in terms of policy making.
As one of the most important issues for the Flemish Government is road and traffic safety and the corresponding increase in mobility, the Safe Mobility Research Group was set up, the first of its kind in Flanders.
The aim of Safe Mobility Research is to provide the Flemish Government with policy oriented research in the field of road and traffic safety, enabling the Flemish Government to make long term structural improvements to road and traffic safety.
After an initial phase of brainstorming with both national and international experts, a multi-level approach to research was adopted to pinpoint ways in which the Flemish Government can improve road and traffic safety in the long-term.
The Safe Mobility Research Group Focuses on 6 main areas :
- Current State of Affairs
- Road and Traffic Safety
- Infrastructure and Spatial Structure
- Vehicle Technology
- Policy Maintenance.
These areas are not only researched individually (through a series of projects examining specific issues), but also by taking several areas at once and examining their combined effect on policy.
EUR 4 334million for 5 years