“Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies”

The SETRIS Project brings together 5 Transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) – road, rail, air, water and logistics – and a variety of their membership as partners into one consortium, coordinated by ECTRI (the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes) and Newcastle University.  Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No 653739, SETRIS aims to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe.

Partners within the SETRIS Project

The SETRIS consortium achieves a balanced representation of all transport modes as also included within the White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”.  They bring a wide variety of industrial/ commercial involvement to the project, in turn assisting industry in preparation for on-going developments within roadmaps, implementation plans and future policy and strategy coming about from the White Paper.

All partners in the consortium have well-defined tasks and responsibilities and their technical and non-technical expertise corresponds well to the requirements of each of the working package tasks.  The technical and collaborative support experience of the consortium is also strengthened though the networks of associated partners of each ETP and ECTRI itself; these cover all transport modes and cross-cutting freight and logistics.  Core project partners, further to their own experience, are representing the 5 Transport related ETPs namely: WATERBORNE for maritime transport, ERRAC for rail transport, ERTRAC for road transport, ACARE for air transport and ALICE for freight and logistics.  These partners will draw upon the expertise of their respective ETP memberships through already well-established networks and experts groups.

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Current state of art in EU transport strategy and roadmaps

In 2000, the European Council introduced the concept of ETPs as an instrument to strengthening the European research and innovation area. The European Commission formally endorses the ETPs, including the ones working within SETRIS.   They act as industry-led forums aiming at defining the medium and long-term research agendas of the field represented and developing the roadmaps to achieve such goals.  The four transport sectors plus the Logistics industry created their own ETPs respectively from 2000 to 2003 and 2013, to coordinate for each of them their strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs).

The four surface transport ETPs (ERRAC, ERTRAC, Waterborne and ALICE) recently produced a joint document highlighting the status and need for cooperation between them setting the basis for clustering of research and innovation.  This document is part of a wider initiative of three cooperation and support actions (CSA) funded by FP7 in 2013 aiming to update the individual ETP roadmaps.  This incipient collaborative approach has already identified, through previous cooperation, three clusters for innovation and research; 1) urban mobility, 2) cross-modal transport infrastructure innovation, 3) long distance freight.