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Science for a Sustainable Development

PROGRAMME

SSD

Science for a Sustainable Development
Wetenschap voor een duurzame ontwikkeling / La science pour un développement durable

Background & policy context: 

SSD is the continuation of the first and second Scientific Support Plans for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I [1996-2001] and SPSD II [2000-2005]).

SSD was approved by the Council of Ministers in March 2005 and covers a wide range of scientific research (not only transport). Compared to SPSD I and II, the programme integrates new themes, namely "Health and Environment" and "Standardisation".

Strategic Objectives: 

The objectives of the SSD programme are:

  • to preserve and develop the scientific potential in various strategically important areas, with the objective of reducing scientific uncertainties and anticipating future needs for knowledge;
  • to offer the authorities of the country the scientific support required for the preparation, implementation, and follow-up of a supranational, federal, regional, or local policy in and between these areas;
  • to offer the authorities of the country the scientific support required for the vertical (across policy levels) and horizontal policy integration (across policy domains) oriented towards a sustainable development;
  • to offer the Belgian research potential in the areas involved the possibility of integrating itself into the various research initiatives at the European and international levels, in particular within the European Research Area;
  • contribute to developing scientific knowledge and instruments (models, concepts, indicators, etc.) aiming to the analysis of processes, the study of impacts; the development, follow-up, and evaluation of (existing and/or future) policy measures;
  • encourage interdisciplinary research so as to offer support to decision-making on the basis of an integration of different dimensions, perspectives, etc. of the issues concerned;
  • promote dialogue and information exchange between scientists, decision-makers, and other involved actors at all levels of the country as well as in a European and international context.
Programme organisation: 

The SSD programme is composed of eight priority research areas:

  1. Energy,
  2. Transport and mobility,
  3. Agrofood,
  4. Health and environment,
  5. Climate (including Antarctica),
  6. Biodiversity (including Antarctica and the North Sea),
  7. Atmosphere and terrestrial and marine ecosystems (including Antarctica and the North Sea)
  8. Transversal Research.

Of these, the "transport and mobility" domain is directly relevant to transport research, while the domains "health and environment" and "energy" each contain one project with transport relevance.

Leading Institutions:

Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (Politique scientifique fédérale  / Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid)

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

Calls for research proposals are issued among all Belgian university institutions, public scientific institutions and non-profit research centres likely to be in a position to present projects. Projects are selected on the grounds of a scientific assessment carried out by foreign experts in accordance with the peer review method.

The Belgian researchers within the SSD programme may cooperate with an international university or research institution within their project on co-funded basis.

Total Budget: 
€65.4 million
Participating countries: 
Belgium
Number of projects:
14
Projects covered: 

Projects in the Transport and Mobility domain:

  • LIMBOBEL - Long-run impacts of policy packages on mobility in Belgium
  • ADICCT - Assessing and Developing Initiatives of Companies to control and reduce Commuter Traffic
  • BMW - Behaviour and Mobility within the Week
  • CLEVER - Clean Vehicle Research: LCA And Policy Measures
  • ESTIMATE - A behavioural analysis and examination of environmental implications of multimodal transportation choice
  • PROMOCO - Professional mobility and car ownership
  • SUSTAPARK - Optimising price and location of parking in cities under a sustainability constraint
  • DSSITP - Decision support system for intermodal transport policy
  • SHAPES - Systematic analysis of Health risks and physical Activity associated with cycling Policies
  • MOBLOC - Mobilities and long term location choices in Belgium
  • MESsAGE - Mobility and the Elderly: Successful Ageing in a Sustainable Transport System
  • ISEEM - Development of an integrated spatio-economic-ecological modeling framework for the analysis of overall impacts of sustainability policy measures.

Project in the Energy domain with transport relevance:

  • BIOSES - Biofuels sustainable end use

Project in the Health and Environment domain with transport relevance:

  • SHAPES - Systematic analysis of Health risks and physical Activity associated with cycling Policies
Project Profiles:
  1. A behavioural analysis and examination of environmental implications of multimodal transportation choice
  2. Accessibility to places and transport: social, economic and environmental interactions
  3. Assessing and Developing Initiatives of Companies to control and reduce Commuter Traffic
  4. Clean vehicle research: LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) and policy measures
  5. Cluster of the transport related projects PROMOCO, LIMOBEL, BIOSES, and CLEVER
  6. Decision support system for intermodal transport policy
  7. Long-run impacts of policy packages on mobility in Belgium
  8. Long-run impacts of policy packages on mobility in Belgium
  9. Mobilities and long term location choices in Belgium
  10. Mobility and the Elderly: Successful Ageing in a Sustainable Transport System
  11. Optimising price and location of parking in cities under a sustainability constraint
  12. Professional Mobility and Company Car Ownership
  13. The valorisation of transport models to enable sustainable transportation
  14. Weekly patterns in behaviour and mobility
Organisation: 
Politique scientifique fédérale / Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid (Belgian Science Policy)
Address: 
Louizalaan / Avenue Louise 231
Zipcode: 
1050
City: 
Brussels
Contact country:
Telephone: 
(+32) 02 238 34 11
Fax Number: 
(+32) 02 230 59 12