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Transport EU-Western Balkan Network for Training, Support and Promotion of Cooperation in FP7 research activities

European Union
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€495 328
EU Contribution
€482 848
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Aim of the project was to improve and promote cooperation of EU and Western Balkan countries in the field of surface transport research and technologies. This would contribute to establishing a network of researchers and universities to increase the scientific capacity of the region. To implement the project objectives, the partners would map the existing structures and summarise the specific needs of scientists in the field of transport, disseminate the good practices and organise training and support in FP7 knowledge, set up a Project Lab and promote creative contacts between academic institutions and SMEs, carry out expert study visits between the WBC and EU partners in order to expand networking between the regions, and develop a Roadmap for research capacities and funding opportunities.


Overall objective of the project was to improve and promote closer Scientific and Technological (S&T) cooperation opportunities between Europe and the Western Balkan Countries (WBCs) in the area of Surface Transport. The project seeked to establish an EU-Balkan Transport network of researchers and universities among these countries in order to improve and/or enlarge the research capacity of Western Balkan centres of competence in transport in terms of improving their research programs, and scientific and technical human resources.

The project aimed to fulfil the following specific goals:

  • Identifying the existing capacities and specific needs of surface transport researchers in the Western Balkan countries in terms of FP7 funding opportunities;
  • Training and support in FP7 knowledge and best practices. Enhance the readiness of the Balkan transport research community to participate in European RTD programmes (FP7). Setting up a matching tool - Project Lab - supporting the creation and preparation of efficient and innovative project proposals; Implementing expert study visits between the WBC and EU partners in order to expand scientific relationships and networking between the two regions;
  • Stimulating various partnering schemes and national collaboration between researchers and industry in the surface transport sector in the Balkan region.

Expected activities and tangible results of this project included, among others: a Roadmap for research capacities and funding opportunities in WBCs transport research, 150 researchers informed and stimulated towards FP7, a database with 100 R&D results, 10 national idea generation events (2 per each WBC + Bulgaria), 50 new project proposal ideas and 5 events in the Balkan countries linking transport researchers and industry.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
The European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme


ARC Fund designed a methodology for mapping the WBC research potential in the surface transport domain, which was implemented in the participating Western Balkan Countries (WBCs), plus Bulgaria. All target beneficiary groups (universities, researchers, research companies, research NGOs, government bodies in the surface transport domain) were approached in order to record their research profiles and technology expertise as a basis for following activities under the project. A total of 191 collaboration profiles and 91 profiles of exploitable research results and technologies have been collected during the mapping.
Parallel to that, the consortium partners from Bulgaria, Greece and Malta mapped (additional to FP7) funding opportunities (available locally or on a bi-lateral basis) for international research projects with WBC partners, in order to better understand the environment in which researchers in the WBCs operate.
In methodological terms, EU partners from Greece and the Netherlands developed a guide on FP7 for transport researchers in English, which was then translated into the national languages of participating WBCs and Bulgaria, while the partner from Malta developed the concept of the 'Ideas Generation Events' and elaborated a guide on how to organise such events.

With respect to capacity building activities for WBC partners, a three-day training on FP7 plus practical coaching for WBC partners was organised in Malta. The training encompassed:
- Training on FP7 with a focus on transport;
- Training on consortium building and proposal development;
- Training on proposal budgeting;
- Training on negotiations and IPR issues;
- Training on how to organise 'Idea Generation Events'.
In addition, the following activities were carried out: participation in an information day in Thessaloniki, Greece, publishing a guide on FP7 for transport researchers, in English as well as in the national languages of the WBC partners and in Bulgarian, and study visits for forming research consortia.

All project objectives have been fully achieved within lifetime of the project. The TransBonus project achieved the following results:

  • Methodology for mapping of potential FP7 participants, transport researchers and the existing funding opportunities for international cooperation in the Balkan region;
  • 'Roadmap to excellence in transport' - report;
  • FP7 handbook 'The Guide for Transport Researchers';
  • 232 expert study visits for exchang

    Innovation aspects

    The innovative feature of the project was the internal call for pre-proposals, which was first launched in August 2009 with the aim to gather new research ideas, to evaluate them and assist proposers in submitting projects to the Transport theme of FP7 (Cooperation). 30 New research ideas were submitted in the first call in 2009 (against the target of 50 research ideas as per the Work Program).

    Strategy targets

    Innovating for the future: technology and behaviour: A European Transport Research and Innovation Policy


Lead Organisation
Applied Research And Communications Fund
Alexander Zhendov Street 5, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
EU Contribution
€96 043
Partner Organisations
Higher School Of Transport " Todor Kab;echkov"
Geo Milev Nr 158, 1574 SOFIA, Bulgaria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€39 162
Foundation For Research And Technology
N Plastira Str 100, 1527 HERAKLION, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€63 986
Ministerie Van Economische Zaken En Klimaat
BEZUIDENHOUTSEWEG 73, 2595 AC The Hague, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€54 570
Fakultet Za Masinstvo I Gradjevinarstvo U Kraljevo Univerziteta U Kragujevcu
Dositejeva 19, 36000 Kraljevo, Serbia
EU Contribution
€50 076
Integrated Resources Management (Irm) Company Limited
Pope Benedict Xv Square 24, Senglea CSP 06, Malta
EU Contribution
€52 751
Automotive Center – Centar Za Vozila, Sarajevo
Vilsonovo Setaliste 10, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
EU Contribution
€37 985
Ss. Cyril And Methodius University In Skopje
Bul. Krste Misirkov Bb, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€48 150
Universiteti Politeknik I Tiranes
Sheshi Nene Tereza 4, N/A, Tirana, Albania
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€40 125


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