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.

30
jan
2018

The air quality situation in Europe has not sufficiently improved for some pollutants and significant exceedances are still found, for example, for particles, ozone and nitrogen oxides, particularly in areas affected by specific environmental or industrial conditions.

Proposals will have to address one of the following subtopics and clearly indicate which subtopic they are addressing: Low-emission oriented driving, management and assistance; Development of a 12 to 18 month project to timely develop support to informed consumer choice by defining a holistic testing and scoring mechanism; Cost effective enforcement of shipping related emissions legislation; Measurement of airborne pollutants emissions from aircraft; And/or in-vitro and in-vivo assessment of health effects of ultrafine nanoparticles.   

30
jan
2018

A metropolitan area, "agglomeration" or "commuter belt" is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, that is sharing industry, infrastructure and housing. An efficient multimodal transport network at different spatial levels is fundamental to allow a smooth functioning both in such areas and with their connected surrounding regions.

Proposals should address one or several of the following: Address environmental, socio-cultural and spatial impacts of planning in large metropolitan regions; Identification of new forms of mobility; Use of geolocalization data; Suggest appropriate measures to ensure the lowest carbon and air pollutant level of transport; Comprehensive planning for the entire functional area; And/or coordinated development of sustainable policies with proven environmental impact.

30
jan
2018

Urban mobility is in transition. This is a result of, for example, changing user needs; emerging transport technologies; new transport services using new business models; and new institutional and financing structures.

This topic will be implemented through two sub-topics: Research and innovation actions; And/or coordination and support actions

30
jan
2018

Automotive emissions control technologies have the potential to greatly reduce the impact of combustion-based transport. However most of them, even when programmed for full effectiveness by the vehicle manufacturer, are affected by the risk of vehicle owners modifying or suppressing them for many reasons.

Proposals will have to address all the following technical areas: Independent testing of light and heavy duty vehicles; Installation, identification and analysis of representative tampering systems on vehicles; Analysis of vehicle hardware and software by IT security experts and hackers; Development and application of enhanced tampering proofing methodologies, coding and electronic component protection systems; Improvement of OBD systems and methodologies; And deriving guidelines for improvements in anti-tampering and OBD.

30
jan
2018

Human factors are the largest cause of accidents across all transport modes. Increased technical development and automation fundamentally change the way in which humans interact with the road or rail vehicles, vessels or aircraft and can improve safety by decreasing the human element.

In order to meet this challenge, proposals should address one of the following sub-topics, and clearly indicate which subtopic is addressed:  Understand the limitations, interaction and range of factors that influence and degrade human performance when controlling a vehicle/aircraft/vessel and apply solutions that overcome these limitations; Or improve the assessment of human risk factors in risk based design and operation within waterborne / air transport, including crew resource management, crew awareness and response in extreme cases.

30
jan
2018

Appropriate actions taken following a marine accident can greatly reduce loss of life or damage to the environment.

Proposals should address one of the following subtopics: (1) research will address probabilistic damage and consequence safety assessment and actions to control damage and maximise stability; (2) research will address a radical re-think of evacuation systems for passenger ships having a high passenger capacity.

30
jan
2018

Maintaining and extending European industrial leadership, through embedding design-for-excellence in the product lifecycle addresses the second challenge of the ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The high development cost and risks of new aircraft (including engine) led to new supply chain models, driven by international risk-sharing partnerships.

This topic aims to further develop and validate by both numerical and experimental means the new multidisciplinary and collaborative aircraft design (including engine integration) and optimisation paradigm as well as accelerate its introduction for the benefit of the whole European aircraft supply chain – from integrators and high-tier suppliers to SMEs.

30
jan
2018

Digitisation and autonomy will bring disruptive changes to waterborne transport, providing competitive advantages to European business, better integrating logistics, changing business models, improving safety, facilitating maintenance, allowing telemetry and shore-based support as well as modifying the role of crew thus raising societal issues that need to be addressed.

To address these challenges, proposals should address the following aspect together with other aspects: With a focus on first adopters (inland waterways, short sea shipping, ferries coastal operations and urban water transport) develop and demonstrate to TRL7 a fully autonomous vessel within a realistic environment which encompasses all necessary features.

30
jan
2018

Today's vehicles - in all modes of transport - are becoming increasingly connected and cooperative, as well as automated. This raises a number of issues about the role of the "driver" (or operator, rider, pilot, captain) in such vehicles (cars, trucks, powered-two-wheelers, trains, ships, planes, etc.)

In order to meet this challenge, proposals should address at least 5 different aspects e.g.: Assess public acceptance across Europe for higher levels of connectivity and automation; Public acceptance of different user groups; Perform simulations, correlate and analyse driver behaviour/reaction under different scenarios/use cases; And several other aspects

06
mar
2018

Access to space is an indispensable element of the entire value chain of space and has been recognised as an area of strategic importance towards the direction of Europe's non-dependence. The specific challenge is to support research and innovation in technologies, in complementarity and full synergy with the ongoing work undertaken by the Member States and European initiatives, contributing to:

  • Investigate the potential Launch system reusability technologies;
  • Launch system advanced manufacturing and modern ground infrastructures.

04
apr
2018

Aviation is inherently and increasingly international. Aviation impacts globally the atmosphere, and vice-versa. Aviation emissions to the atmosphere are increasing. In-flight weather hazards are also increasing worldwide. Meanwhile, the demand for aviation keeps growing globally. 

The proposals may aim at addressing several or all of the following areas: Further advancements in the detection, understanding, sensing, modelling, simulation and testing of icing, de-icing and anti-icing of all types in aviation; Explore/propose/validate new certification methods, means of compliance, standards and protection systems; And/or address the overall system integration, including operational and maintenance aspects.

04
apr
2018

Societal changes are demanding a much higher attention to specific groups of users with specific needs and expectations for mobility. Only a disaggregated analysis can lead to the satisfaction of all citizens, thus ensuring a large as possible integration of all parts of the population in the society.

Proposals should address all of the following:  Assessment of the specific transport requirements of women as well as employment opportunities in the future transport system; Analysis of intersectional aspects; Perform Gender Impact Assessments of new technologies and business/operational models; Assessing the opinions and attitudes on new technologies; And future needs for skills and opportunities for professional careers. 

04
apr
2018

Surveying the sea floor remains an expensive activity, typically requiring manned research vessels towing specialised sonar devices with the remote oceans. Consequently the sea bed remains largely unknown.

To address this challenge, proposals should address the following: Develop and demonstrate to TRL5 an autonomous sea bed survey vehicle which can operate within the deep oceans for extended periods without the need for a close support vessel; And energy and prolusion systems capable of supporting several months of autonomous survey operation over large areas.  

   

04
apr
2018

With the successful introduction of electrified vehicles on the market, the upcoming challenge is to achieve affordability, user friendliness and optimization of the infrastructure. In parallel to the ongoing developments of vehicles powertrains, electronics and sub-systems innovations will enable new functionalities in EVs.

Proposals will have to address one or more of the following technical areas: Integrated electric/electronic architectures and control systems; Development of smart bus systems, electric motors, power electronics enabling drastic size and weight reduction; Modular and flexible on-board charging optimized for infrastructure capabilities taking into account variable power with up to 350 kW; Breakthrough heating and cooling concepts.   

04
apr
2018

Significant advances in digitization offer new opportunities for the automotive industry in terms of virtual product development and production, reducing the time-to-market of all types of electrified vehicles at lower costs.

Proposals will have to address at several technical areas such as: Development of fully integrated, multidisciplinary, scientific-based and validated design tools; Development of high-confidence, real-time capable simulation models for virtual and X-in-the-loop testing; Seamless integration and validation of computational tools and product/processes; And other areas.

04
apr
2018

The automotive industry commits significant efforts and resources to test and validate advanced driver assistance functions. For systems with high levels of automation, the need for testing and validation will drastically increase as a comprehensive range of driving situations and scenarios have to be considered. Current available procedures do not provide an efficient and cost-effective solution.

Research should focus on the development of testing and validation procedures of highly automated driving functions for different use cases in various traffic scenarios, including cross-border travelling. Proposed solutions shall seek broad consensus and agreement among involved stakeholders across the value chain.

04
apr
2018

Besides technological progress in developing new automated driving functions, there are still many challenges and uncertainties related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles. Many of these challenges can be better addressed when European partners work together and cooperate with international partners.

This topic will be implemented through two sub-topics (two types of actions). Proposals should address only one of the two: Research and innovation action or coordination and support action.

16
jan
2019

Urban, metropolitan and peri-urban areas are experiencing a huge increase in demand for new logistics solutions that deal with the requirements of the 'on demand economy' and incorporate opportunities for shared, connected and low-emission logistics operations.

Proposals should address all of the following aspects:  Developing value cases for integrated systems of logistics/ freight operations in urban, metropolitan and peri-urban areas; And addressing (and planning for) the integration of low-emission, and possibly connected (automated) delivery vehicles.

16
jan
2019

Significant progress has been done recently in terms of environmental emission (including noise) by the development of Ultra High Pressure Ratio and Ultra High By-Pass Ratio engines. Technology assessments based on the turbofan engine configuration are indicating that there is still remarkable potential inherent in the turbofan engine configuration to be realised to further reduce gaseous and noise emissions.

In order to substantially decrease the noise and environmental impact of aviation, in parallel to advances in propulsion technologies, the quest for a full understanding of the noise source mechanism remains open especially for future aircraft configurations adopting breakthrough technologies.

16
jan
2019

Emissions from waterborne transport remain a challenge particularly concerning the water and air quality around coasts, ports and urban areas. For shipping and inland waterway transport retrofit technology including for example engine modifications, engine replacement, exhaust gas cleaning systems, PM filters, hybrid batteries, fuel changes, efficient emissions capture and storage system can potentially improve the environmental performance (CO2, NOx, SOx, PM) of existing fleets within the next five to ten years.

To address these challenges, proposals should address one of two subtopics and clearly indicate which subtopic is addressed.

16
jan
2019

Noise and emissions from transport affect seriously people's health and environmental ecosystems requiring the implementation of mitigation measures to achieve a higher reduction in all transport modes.

Proposals should address all the following aspects: Development of equipment for integration into infrastructure; Development of related I2V systems; Development of automated tolling systems; And development of new materials and negative-emissions solutions.

16
jan
2019

Although it is a means of transport that can reduce transport CO2 and air polluting emissions and significantly contribute to reducing congestion on European roads waterborne transport around European coasts and on its inland waterways remains under-utilised and is not fully integrated in the multimodal European Transport system.

Proposals should focus on either area a) inland waterways or area b) maritime transport.

16
jan
2019

The road mobility environment – the area which covers both road transport users and those affected by them – is evolving. Vehicle types are beginning to change as a result of increasing levels of automation.

The scope is to assure the development of robust solutions in the context of the changing environment, leading to dramatic improvements in transport users' and road workers' safety. In order to be properly addressed, traffic safety needs to be articulated in terms that are relevant for the connected and automated transport system.

16
jan
2019

The drone market is the fastest growing in aerospace, generating high-skilled jobs and enabling innovative services, both in the public sector at large and in the private sector. More services with drones and other emerging technologies can underpin safety and security in different transport modes.

The proposals are expected to address both of the following research areas: 1) Develop and test technologies, operational and business models for the application of drones or drone swarms and other emerging technologies. 2) Explore and develop innovative technologies and sustainable business models for pilot services.

16
jan
2019

Global as well as regional and local freight transport is massively changing due to accelerating technological changes, the establishment of new players in global trade, the rise of protectionism, and the slowing down of economic growth of important partners such as China.

Proposals should address one or more of several aspects including: Understanding how new concepts in logistics have an impact on global freight transport, and on related greenhouse gas emissions; Speed up the process and transition towards the Physical Internet paradigm; Research the range of new issues and questions emerging with the new trade routes to and from Europe, such as the Northern Sea Route; And other aspects.   

24
apr
2019

This action is part of the Aviation International Cooperation Flagship called "Safer and Greener Aviation in a Smaller World". Aviation alters the composition of the atmosphere globally, thus can potentially contribute to anthropogenic climate change and ozone depletion.

The proposals may aim at one or more of the following areas:  Advance further the international state-of-the-art, through better scientific understanding of aviation emissions; Propose and evaluate mitigation strategies towards operational improvements; Propose and evaluate mitigation strategies towards greener flight trajectories; Propose and evaluate mitigation strategies based on the use of alternative jet fuel pathways.

24
apr
2019

The third challenge of Flightpath 2050 is related to environmental protection and the security of energy supply. At the Paris climate conference (COP21), countries agreed to limit climate change to well below 2°C. Without considerable contributions from the aviation sector to global mitigation efforts, this goal cannot be achieved.

Proposals are expected to address feasibility design studies for aircraft energy system with integrated hybrid/electric propulsion and power generation architectures as well as sub-systems enablers in the context of appropriately projected advances in the next twenty-year framework.

24
apr
2019

Merging physical transport assets like infrastructure or vehicles with the digital layer, through the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data applications opens vast possibilities in terms of the development of new transport services, business/operating models and social innovations.

Proposals should address several or all aspects such as: Identify the main characteristics of demands that digitally based mobility solutions place on the users; Identify the needs and attitudes of all societal strata of transport users; Identify the obstacles to the appropriation of digital mobility by different user groups and possible nudges to facilitate it; And several other aspects

24
apr
2019

Increasingly strict emission standards apply to shipping around the coastlines of many developed countries. Presently these are mainly focussed on SOx, but in future, reflecting health concerns, increasingly strict limits are likely to address NOx and particulate matter. The principal challenge is to better understand the comprehensive environmental impacts from the wide scale adoption of a range of potential emission reduction solutions together with any secondary effects on the on the marine environment.

To address these challenges, proposals should address several aspects including: Assess the range of emission reduction technologies and designs which may be deployed, consider their cost benefits; Experimentally characterise waste streams from emission control technologies, identifying the substances and quantities involved; Considering several possible scenarios for the wide scale adoption of different emission control technologies; And several more.

24
apr
2019

The market share of full electric vehicles is still low in many European member states. Several reasons have been identified for this. Charging infrastructure is considered as one of the central reasons when the urban model does not allow for widespread garage availability, or when frequent long range travel is involved.

Proposals will have to address several technical areas including demonstration of the final solutions and their interoperability in multiple cities and TEN-T transnational road links.  

24
apr
2019

Long-distance transport is a main consumer of energy and contributor to CO2 and air pollutant emissions in Europe, and requires specific attention due to very high demand on efficiency, dependability, reliability and cost. This topic considers heavy-duty trucks and bus-coaches in long-distance operation, and the challenge will be to reduce their energy consumption.

Proposals will have to address all the following technical areas: Sub-systems and component concepts; Concepts for connected and digitalized fleet management, predictive maintenance and operation in relation to electrification; Implementation of required adaptations in VECTO

24
apr
2019

Climate change, energy security and local air pollution are some of the key questions for the 21st century. Urban areas in developing and emerging countries are major driving factors in growing global energy demand and Greenhouse Gas emissions.

Actions should bring together European, Asian (e.g. China), CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) and African research partners, government agencies and urban authorities, private sector and civil society with relevant expertise and competence within the corresponding cooperation framework and foster participatory engagement in urban electrification in order to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions.

24
apr
2019

Significant research efforts are addressing driver performance and behaviour in automated driving conditions still requiring the driver to be prepared to assume control (SAE automation level 3 and lower). In highly automated driving conditions (SAE automation level 4) the role of the driver will change dramatically since driver intervention is not required during defined use cases.

Proposals for research and innovation should focus on the design of safe human-machine interfaces for vehicles with highly automated driving functions and the safe and controlled transfer between use cases of different SAE automation levels (between level 4 to/from levels 3 or 2) for all types of drivers.

24
apr
2019

Shared, connected and cooperative automated vehicles may become a game changer for urban mobility. They can provide seamless door to door mobility of people and freight delivery services, which can lead to healthier, more accessible, greener and more sustainable cities, as long as they are integrated in an effective public transport system.

The proposed actions should include eight different aspects such as: Thorough analysis of new, emerging business/operating models and related technologies for shared, connected and cooperative automated vehicle fleet; Design innovative shared, connected, cooperative and automated vehicle concepts (road vehicles at SAE level 4 and higher) and the associated new business/operating models addressing user and customer needs; and test robustness, reliability and safety of shared highly automated vehicle fleets that are operating in semi-open or open environments focusing on the interaction with other road users

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