Horizon 2020 Transportation

Provides 1 - 5M € in subsidies for research, development, and demonstration within:

About Horizon 2020 Transportation

With support from Horizon 2020 you will be able to conduct international research projects in support of EU policies for transportation. With a successful application of the program, companies will receive:

  • 1-5M EUR for technology and product development
  • IPR - Intellectual Property Rights
  • A network of partners for development
  • Access to new markets
  • Technology and knowledge transfer

The purpose of Horizon 2020 Transportation is to increase European competitiveness and create new jobs.

Possibilities with Horizon 2020 Transportation

Horizon 2020 Transportation offers opportunities for SMEs as well as large companies, regardless of industry and technological level. It offers interesting possibilities for traditional production companies in addition to high-tech companies; the key factor is that the company is facing a technological challenge or has a project idea for the solution of a technological/societal challenge. With Horizon 2020 Transportation, the company can receive co-financing from the EU for project research and development, as well as demonstration.

Horizon 2020 Transportation calls will be offered to projects within the following categories (see current calls below):

  • Green vehicles: Next generation lithium ion batteries, optimizing energy management, hybrids, natural gas powertrains, new light vehicle concepts, etc.
  • Urban mobility: Road congestion, clean transport, impact reduction of freight etc.
  • Logistics: Supply chain synergies and innovation
  • Intelligent transportation systems: Intelligent and seamless mobility etc.
  • Infrastructure: Next generation, Smart design and construction, resource efficiency and safety etc.
  • Road: Advanced bus systems, traffic safety, automation etc.
  • Water: Energy efficient vessels, innovation in inland waterways transport etc.
  • Aviation: Safety, resource efficiency, etc.
  • Rail: E.g. intelligent infrastructure.

Requirements for Horizon 2020 Transportation

There are three primary requirements for a project to be eligible for support from Horizon 2020 Transportation:

  • Height of Innovation - the project/technology must be novel and solve a European transportation problem.
  • Large market potential or socioeconomic impact - min. 100M EUR over 5 years.
  • The project demands three partners from three countries.

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Transportation. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.


Exposure to aircraft noise has an adverse effect on population. High levels of perceived noise have also an important impact on future extensions of airports which are reaching their capacity limits. The proposals under this call should address one or several of the following areas:

  • Development of new aircraft/engine technologies for noise reduction at the source.
  • Novel approaches for assessing and managing the impact of aviation noise
  • Integration of aviation-related environmental assessment approaches in land-use planning practices and tools with the aim of enabling a higher level of effectiveness in scenario- analysis and decision-support capability
  • Better understanding and testing of new emerging noise issues (e.g. sonic boom) towards international regulation. 

European aeronautics has never been stronger, however new opportunities and challenges lie towards 2020 and beyond. Research and innovation is the main response towards maintaining the competitiveness throughout the whole supply chain. Proposed actions should address one or several of the following areas:

  • Condition-based health management 
  • Advancements in composite aero-structures 
  • Internal and external Electromagnetic Environment technologies 
  • Development and validation of multi-disciplinary design tools 

Given the strong involvement of SMEs in the supply chain, this topic is particularly relevant for SME participation. 


The aim is to develop exploitable breakthrough technologies and concepts for the medium term that are not currently used or that have not yet being put in combination for civil aviation. The actions should address one or several of the following areas:

  • Innovative aircraft configurations and airframes (e.g. short take-off and landing, long wing span; personal vehicles).
  • Propulsion systems (e.g. partially or fully embedded within the airframe; distributed propulsion technologies and revolutionary engine cycles; high-speed propulsion).
  • Novel and integrated multifunctional systems.
  • Autonomous, intelligent and evolving systems (e.g. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems). 

To meet the specific challenges within waterborne transportaion, proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:

  • Safe, economical, environmentally sound and practical usage of improved, alternative, low carbon and renewable fuels in waterborne transport
  • Advanced energy storage and DC energy systems on-board for full and partial vessel electrification, including hybridisation.
  • Development, demonstration and evaluation of innovative pollution reduction and control technologies
  • Reduction of frictional resistance  

The specific challenge is to explore the best design concepts and construction and production principles for complex, one off and small series vessels, and for modular standardised vessels, also in terms of marketability (technology push) and future skill requirements along the value chain. Proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:

  • Develop and validate advanced ferry concepts for European waters 
  • Explore and validate low impact cruise and passenger ship designs and operations 
  • Develop and validate modular standardised workboat concepts
  • Develop and validate vessel concepts and designs for new waterborne transport and transport support operations 

The continued introduction of active safety systems has the potential to reduce accidents. Nevertheless, the risk of collision and particular crash situations will still remain. An approach will be needed that will ensure improved crash safety in those circumstances. Proposals should focus on one or several of the following aspects: 

  • Vehicle based systems, optimisation of restraint systems by including pre-crash information; and methods and requirements to assess safety performance in traffic of extremely low-mass vehicles. 
  • Personal protection such as development and testing of focused personal safety equipment for various road user categories
  • Crash simulation such as: computationally efficient and robust crash simulation tools 

The specific challenge is to increase the take up of innovative solutions by transferring them to new contexts and studying and comparing the impacts. Special attention should be paid to social issues and implications. Where relevant, potential gender differences should be investigated. Proposals should address one or several of the following domains:

  • Traffic and travel avoidance 
  • Optimising the use of existing infrastructure and vehicles
  • Optimising design and use of multi-modals hubs and terminals for passengers and freight
  • Supporting modal shift towards more efficient modes 
  • New governance models for freight and passenger transport 

Proposals should focus on the development of integrated approaches and testing of "business" models for the local production and distribution of electricity together with electric vehicles fleet, to create the conditions for market take up in urban and sub-urban areas. This could include private and public recharging stations. Approaches could include e.g. charging at work places, private parking places, homes, public spaces, transport intermodal hubs, system integration of large fleets of electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs), multimodal platforms, etc. 


Building on previous work in the e-Freight domain (including developments on rail TAF TSI, road ITS, inland waterways RIS, maritime SafeSeaNet, European GNNS programmes and aviation SESAR) and on the work of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum28, proposals should cover the development and integration of at least 2 of the 3 following issues:

  • A) Planning and data
  • B) Dynamic routing and business models
  • C) Interoperability and everything connected  

Proposals should address several of the following aspects:

  • Identification of risk factors and mapping of the extreme weather conditions and climate risk ‘hot spots’ and their possible impact on the European transport network; identification of the appropriate risk analysis, adaptation measures, and development of cross-modal implementation strategies or operational strategies that optimise cost-performance-risk.
  • Strategic application of new materials, techniques and systems for construction, operations and maintenance in order to ensure reliable network availability during unfavourable conditions.
  • Integration of terrestrial and satellite systems for the structural health monitoring of key infrastructures located in a natural risk (earthquakes, landslides, floods and extreme weather) prone area and for the monitoring of extreme weather conditions.
  • Innovative engineering of links and connections to allow a smooth transfer from one mode to another in case of extreme disruption in one transport mode.
  • Assessment of the psychological and behavioural dimensions of safety from the perspective of users, including risk tolerance levels during extreme events. 

Proposals should address one or several of the following aspects, according the specific situation addressed:

  • Re-engineering/re-design methods to adapt the network to new needs and ensure higher efficiency.
  • Innovative design and construction methods that are fast, cost-efficient, using low maintenance and environment-friendly materials and flexible enough to accommodate increasing/changing demand. In particular, implementing advanced construction concepts and processes for corridors and hubs, i.e. flexible design and modular concepts, and advanced predictive models.
  • Assessment of the multimodal network capacity in view of optimised use and future planning, taking due consideration of the uncertainty of demand evolution. 

The focus will be on the development, testing and real-life validation of ICT infrastructure architectures, integrating state-of-the-art ICT technologies, systems and functions to enable the transition towards road vehicle automation (up to automation levels 3 and 4). 


The focus of this topic is to develop, test and validate platooning concepts, technologies and functionalities and to demonstrate the robustness of multi-brand platooning using C-ITS communication on a real corridor use case (which preferably goes across national borders). 


Proposals should demonstrate fully automated road transport systems which should be complementary to mass transit to reach low to medium demand areas with high quality transport services. A fleet of automated road transport vehicles (e.g. light weight vehicles, cyber cars, small buses) should be implemented at pan-European level in urban and/or sub- urban areas. The demonstrated systems should be fully integrated into existing public transport systems and should provide evidence of their safety, reliability and fault tolerance in complex traffic scenarios (with automated and non-automated vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, powered two-wheelers, etc.) 


Proposals should address all the following aspects:

  • Analysis of the characteristics of prioritised areas in terms of spatial, demographic and socio-economic characteristics and identification of the factors that influence mobility and accessibility.
  • Exploring travel behaviour and social habits of the population in a disaggregated way and assessing travel demands in prioritised areas.
  • Addressing mobility needs of vulnerable to exclusion population groups such as: elderly, children, youth, disabled, people in poverty etc.
  • Critical assessment of existing innovative organisational and operational frameworks aimed at delivering new mobility solutions and their impact on inclusive mobility and equity.
  • Identification and/or development of new, efficient, inclusive, affordable and accessible mobility solutions and public transport models.

Proposals should focus on the following specific objectives:

―Optimise and develop new powertrains (engine/after treatment systems) for the use of alternative fuels in HDV.

―Evaluate energy efficiency, costs, performance, environmental benefits and durability of HDV running on alternative fuels. 


Proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:

  • Functional system integration of electric machines (e.g. high speed motors) with transmissions, optimisation of energy recovery with the integration of braking systems.
  • Lower cost electric machines through reduced need for rare earth magnets and designs optimised for lower cost manufacturing processes.
  • Integration of power electronics with battery charging functions together with associated control and of wide bandgap semiconductors providing high temperature, high power density, and high frequency capabilities.
  • Modular electric power train components compatible with both full electric and hybrid applications, sub-systems and topologies with enhanced NVH63, reliability, safety and fault tolerance and robustness, fit for mass manufacturing. 

Proposals should address all the following aspects:

  • Analysis of all aspects of the user-centric design of vehicles which directly or indirectly impact energy consumption in a significant way (including visibility, thermal comfort, HMI, ergonomics, postural comfort, noise and vibration, etc.).
  • Development of solutions, including the application of novel materials, to improve the thermal insulation of vehicles and hence reduce the energy consumption needs over a wide range of ambient conditions.
  • Integration of advanced systems and components, and their control, considering also preconditioning, in order to optimise occupant comfort and well-being with respect to energy consumption.
  • Reducing the weight and thermal inertia of systems and components (including the windshield and window, seats, dashboard, trim, etc.) in the vehicle in order to improve efficiency without reducing performance.
  • Implementation and testing of the different solutions at the full vehicle level in order to ensure that the safety (including during and after crash) and perception of comfort and well- being remain uncompromised.

Proposals should address all the following aspects:

  • Thermal, electrical and mechanical design of battery systems based on lithium and post lithium cells (if available on the market, excluding electrochemistry work) aiming at highly increased energy density and modularity.
  • Design for manufacturing, recycling and second use. ―Prototyping and mass-production technologies for battery systems.
  • Demonstration of performance, lifetime and safety behaviour including bench testing and demonstration under real life conditions in vehicles. 

Proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:

  • Investigations on scalable real-time models for e-drive components (e-motor, batteries, inverters, fuel-cell, etc. ) that seamlessly can be used for design, simulation, diagnosis and testing based on existing models and corresponding test and modelling procedures to automatically identify parameters of these models.
  • Development of heterogeneous testing facility for electric traction drive and storage system that enable the functional optimisation, testing and diagnosis of new e-drive concepts at higher frequencies and voltages.
  • Development of systems and methods to assess reliability, energy content and commercial certainty for battery systems at all levels of technology, from cell via packs, vehicles to recycling.
  • Investigation on reliable and automated methods and procedures for parameter identification of physical and/or empiric models of batteries (state of charge and health, lifetime, etc.). Potential for international cooperation in establishing standard procedures should be explored.
  • New tools and methods integrated with control development for improving safety analysis and reducing costs. 

Actions should address the development of vehicle drive train concepts and energy storage (battery and super-capacitor) which can deliver the required vehicle performance and are able to operate in a pure electric mode with high energy recovery capacity. This will ensure zero emissions and low noise pollution either on the whole mission or in designated low-emission zones, while permitting in the second case highly efficient, low environmental impact internal combustion engine operation without range restrictions in other areas. 


Proposals should address the following aspects:

  • Map, quantify and predict the type of loads carried on roads in Europe and define potential solutions for configurable trucks.
  • Develop new concepts and technologies for trucks with reduced drag, which are safer, comfortable, configurable and cost effective, and ensure satisfaction of different kinds of customer needs and adaptability to actual type of tasks and circumstances.
  • Provide inputs for revising the standardisation and regulatory framework.
  • Demonstrate potential in real time vehicle boundary configuration for best aerodynamics and energy management adapting to the specific load. 

Proposals should focus on the demonstration of the potential market penetration of EL-Vs in different European cities. It should enable EL-V manufacturers to make vehicles more attractive to the general public, support a mind-shift and encourage the uptake of EL-Vs (in particular two/three wheelers and light quadricycles). 


The Electric Mobility Europe Call 2016 wants to promote and advance electric mobility in Europe. Funded projects shall focus on the application and implementation of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas and their expected outcomes are likely to include an:

  • Intensified uptake of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas
  • Improved connectivity between electric vehicles and the existing infrastructure
  • Increased choice for customers or consumers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.

The EMEurope Call 2016 will support Research & Innovation projects addressing the following 5 key areas of electric mobility:

  1. System integration (transport, urban and sub-urban areas);
  2. Integration of urban freight and city logistics in e-mobility;
  3. Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications;
  4. Public Transport;
  5. Consumer behaviour and societal trends.

Proposals should develop combinations of innovative, cost-effective technologies and methods including automation and remote monitoring technologies, flexible structures and facilities in order to test concepts of multi-use platforms leading to pilot demonstration phases. They should test the sustainable operability of co-located maritime activities around coastal or deep sea environments. They should also address health and safety issues associated with multi-use marine platforms. 

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