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Sustainable Surface Transport

PROGRAMME

FP6-SUSTDEV-2

Sustainable Surface Transport

Background & policy context: 

Surface transport plays a key role in people’s everyday lives and is a decisive factor in economic competitiveness and employment. The promotion of its sustainable development without sacrificing either economic growth or the freedom of movement has become a central objective of the European Union policy.

 

Surface transport has to face the challenge of supporting future economic development and subsequent traffic increase without degrading the quality of transport services and protecting the environment. Research and technology developments have an important role to play and are providing the European Transport System with innovative vehicle and vessel technology and new forms of transport organisation and infrastructure.

Strategic Objectives: 

The sustainable surface transport sub-programme addresses the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: New technologies and concepts for all surface transport modes (road, rail and waterborne).
  • Objective 2: Advanced design and production techniques.
  • Objective 3: Rebalancing and integrating different transport modes.
  • Objective 4: Increasing road, rail and waterborne safety and avoiding traffic congestion.
Programme organisation: 

The strategically important areas (and sub-areas) in which research should be concentrated are:

 

New technologies and concepts for all surface transport modes (road, rail and waterborne) Research will focus on:

  • high efficiency propulsion systems and their components, based on alternative and renewable fuels, taking into account the fuelling infrastructure;
  • development of zero or near zero emission propulsion systems and components, in particular those integrating fuel cells, hydrogen combustion and their fuelling infrastructure into the transport system;
  • integrated concepts for clean urban transport and rational use of the car in urban locations.

 

Advanced design and production techniques Research activities under this objective will focus on:

  • "transport-specific" advanced design and production techniques, in particular for one-of-a-kind production environments,
  • leading to improved quality,
  • safety, recycling,
  • comfort and cost-effectiveness of environmentally friendly vehicles (cars and trains) and
  • vessels.

 

Rebalancing and integrating different transport modes Research under this objective will focus on:

  • interoperable transport systems, to enable the interconnectivity of the transport networks, in particular enabling a competitive European railway system and the integration of a European vessel traffic information system;
  • intermodal transport services, technologies (e.g. harmonisation of unit loads) and systems, and advanced logistics.

 

Increasing road, rail and waterborne safety and avoiding traffic congestion Research will focus on:

  • strategies and technologies to increase road safety and to improve maritime safety;
  • concepts and systems for advanced human-vehicle, and vehicle-infrastructure interaction;
  • large-scale integration and validation platforms for intelligent transport systems (e.g. transport pricing, transport and traffic management and transport information), including satellite navigation applications, new vehicle types and operational procedures to increase capacity and safety, while respecting the environment (in particular in urban and sensitive areas).
Leading Institutions:

European Commission

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The indicative budget allocated to the Sustainable Surface Transport sub-programme is EUR 670 million.

Participating countries: 
N/A
Number of projects:
82
Projects covered: 

Examples of projects within this sub-programme include: 

  • APROSYS: Advanced protection systems
  • ESTUFS II BEST: Urban Freight Solutions II
  • CURACAO: Coordination of Urban Road-User Charging Organisational Issues
  • DIFFERENT: User Reaction and Efficient Differentiation of Charges and Tolls
  • eMOTION: Europe-wide multi-modal on-trip traffic information
  • FUNDING: Funding Infrastructure: Guidelines for Europe
  • GRACE: Generalisation of Research on Accounts and cost estimation
  • HOST: Human oriented sustainable transport means
  • IN-SAFETY: Infrastructre and Safety
  • KITE: A Knowledge Base for Intermodal Passenger Travel in Europe
  • MOBILIS: Mobility Initiatives for Local Integration and Sustainability
  • MODURBAN: Modular urban guided rail systems
  • NEW OPERA: New European Wish: Operation Project for European Rail Network
  • NICHES: New and innovative concepts for helping European transport sustainability
  • PROMPT: Promote innovative intermodal freight transport
  • REORIENT: Implementing Change in the European Railway System
  • SPUTNIC: Strategies for Public Transport in Cities
  • CIVITAS CATALIST: Sustainable Transport
  • HERCULES: High-efficiency Engine R&D on Combustion with Ultra-low Emissions for Ships
  • HISMAR: Hull Identification System for Marine Autonomous Robotics
  • NICE: New Integrated Combustion System for Future Passenger Car Engines
  • QCITY: Quiet City Transport
  • RETRACK: Reorganisation of Transport networks by advanced Rail freight Concepts
  • STEPS: Scenarios for the Transport System and Energy Supply and their Potential Effects
Project Profiles:
  1. A Knowledge Base for Intermodal Passenger Travel in Europe
  2. Advanced Noise Reduction Systems
  3. Advanced Protection Systems
  4. Assessment for future traffic demands and longer lives
  5. BEST Urban Freight Solutions II
  6. Brenner Rail Freight Action Strategy Aimed at Achieving a Sustainable Increase of Intermodal Transport Volume by Enhancing Quality, Efficiency, and System Technologies
  7. Campaigns and Awareness-raising Strategies in Traffic Safety
  8. Catenary Interface Monitoring
  9. Central European Network for Logistics Competence
  10. Concepts to Reduce Environmental Impact and Attain Optimal Ttransport Performance by Inland Navigation
  11. Container Handling in Intermodal Nodes - Optimal and Secure
  12. Coordination Action for the European Strategic Agenda of Research on intermodalism and logistics
  13. Coordination Action on Advanced Sandwich Structures in the Transportation Industry
  14. Coordination of CONcepts for NEw Collective Transport
  15. Coordination of Urban Road-User Charging Organisational Issues
  16. Cost Allocation of Transport Infrastructure Cost
  17. Customer-driven Rail-freight services on a European mega-corridor based on Advanced business and operating Models
  18. Decision Support System for Ships in Degraded Condition
  19. Design Appropriate Contractual Relationships
  20. Development of Best Practices and Identification of Breakthrough Technologies in Automotive Engineering Simulation
  21. Development of New Intermodal Loading Units and Dedicated Adaptors for the Trimodal Transport of Bulk Materials in Europe
  22. Double Inverted Funnel for Intervention on Ship Wrecks
  23. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicine
  24. Electromagnetic Compatibility between Rolling Stock and Rail-infrastructure Encouraging European Interoperability
  25. ERTRAC European Road Transport 2020: a Vision and Strategic Research Agenda
  26. Europe-wide Multi-modal On-trip Traffic Information
  27. European Rail Research Network of Excellence
  28. European Research Forum for Urban Mobility
  29. EXploitation of TRansport Research Results via the Web II
  30. Freight Innovative Delivery in European Urban Space
  31. Fuel-cell Powertrains and Clustering in Heavy-duty Transports
  32. Funding Infrastructure: Guidelines for Europe
  33. Generalisation of Research on Accounts and Cost Estimation
  34. High-efficiency Engine R&D on Combustion with Ultra-low Emissions for Ships
  35. Hull Identification System for Marine Autonomous Robotics
  36. Human Oriented Sustainable Transport means
  37. IMplementing Pricing Reforms IN Transport - NETworking
  38. Infrastructure and Safety
  39. Innovative Integrated Energy Efficiency Solutions for Railway Rolling Stock, Rail Infrastructure and Train Operation
  40. Integrated Collaborative Design and Production of Cruise Vessels, Passenger Ships and RoPax
  41. Intelligent Route Guidance of Heavy Vehicles
  42. Interoperability, Security and Safety of Goods Movement with 1435 and 1520 (1524) mm Track Gauge Railways: New Technology in Freight Transport including Hazardous Products
  43. Large Scale Dissemination for Clean Urban Transport
  44. Logistics Best Practice
  45. Low Cost and High Efficiency CO2 Mobile Air Conditioning System for Lower Segment Cars
  46. Maritime Navigation and Information Services
  47. Maritime Transport Co-ordination Platform
  48. Mobility Initiatives for Local Integration and Sustainability
  49. Modular Urban-guided Rail Systems
  50. MOtorways of the Sea European Style
  51. NETwork for the dissemination of knowledge on the management and organisation of Large Infrastructure ProjectS in Europe
  52. Network of Excellence on Marine Structures
  53. Networking Transport Research Resources, Competencies and Knowledge within the new boundaries of European Research Area
  54. New and Innovative Concepts for Helping European Transport Sustainability
  55. New European Wish: Operation Project for European RAil network
  56. New Integrated Combustion System for Future Passenger Car Engines
  57. New Road Construction Concept
  58. Principles of Successful High Quality Public Transport Operation and Development
  59. Quiet City Transport
  60. Ranking for European Road Safety
  61. Regional Railway Transport Tesearch and Training Centre Foundation
  62. Reorganisation of Transport Networks by Advanced Rail Freight Concepts
  63. Road Charging Interoperability Pilot Project
  64. Road Infrastructure Safety Protection - Core Research and Development for Road Safety in Europe
  65. Safe Offloading from Floating LNG Platforms
  66. Scenarios for the Transport System and Energy Supply and their Potential Effects
  67. Smaller Urban Communities in Civitas for Environmentally Sustainable Solutions
  68. Specific Support Action for CIVITAS II
  69. Stimulating, encouraging and facilitating the participation of HUNgarian and POLish surface TRANSport research organisations to FP6
  70. Strategies for Public Transport In Cities
  71. Successful Travel Awareness Campaigns and Mobility Management Strategies
  72. Superior Lifetime Operation Economy of Ship Propellers
  73. Suppliers Portal to Research and INnovation in Transport
  74. Sustainable Production Technologies of Emission-reduced Lightweight Car Concepts
  75. Sustainable Transport
  76. Sustainable Urban Transport for the Europe of Tomorrow
  77. The European Forum on Intermodal Passenger Travel
  78. The European Road Safety Observatory
  79. Towards new Rail freight quality and concepts in the European Network in respect to market Demand
  80. Travelling Towards a New Mobility
  81. User Reaction and Efficient Differentiation of Charges and Tolls
  82. Visionary Concepts for Vessels and Floating Structures
Organisation: 
European Commission
Address: 
FP6 Sustainable Development Info Desk, Directorate General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN)
Zipcode: 
1049
City: 
Brussels
Contact country:
Telephone: 
N/A
Fax Number: 
(+32) 2 296 83 57