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Nearly half a billion euro available for transport and energy research
21 Sep 2016:

Three Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals open today in the areas of Mobility for Growth, Automated Road Transport and Competitive Low Carbon Energy. In total, €455.5 million will be available to applicants. The earliest deadline to apply is 5 January 2017; others follow in late January and February.

Funding opportunities for Competitive Low-Carbon Energy

Applicants can submit their project proposals under nine topics in the area of renewable energy sources, smart grids and storage and decarbonisation of fossil fuels. Six topics have the deadline on 5 January 2017 and three topics will close for applications on 14 February 2017. The total call budget is €189.3 million.

Funding opportunities for Mobility for Growth

17 topics with a total budget of €216.2 million are open for research and innovation proposals in the fields of aviation, waterborne transport, road safety, green urban mobility, transport logistics and infrastructure, as well as research supporting policy making.

Funding opportunities for Automated Road Transport

Project proposals on automated driving systems for passenger cars, trucks and urban transport, as well as the underlying digital infrastructure, can be submitted under three topics with a total budget of €50 million.

More details on the calls for proposals are available on the Mobility for GrowthAutomated Road Transport and Competitive Low Carbon Energy pages and on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal.

Who can apply?

Calls for proposals are open to any legal entity in a country eligible for Horizon 2020 funding. The list of these countries is available in the General Annexes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. A minimum number of participants may be required for each topic.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic page on the Participant Portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation. For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals are evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest five months after the submission deadline for single stage topics, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline. For the first stage of two-stage topics, successful applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal at the latest three months after the deadline.

Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.

27 September – 7 October: International deal to tackle aviation emissions
21 Sep 2016:

The Assembly of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is meeting in Montreal to agree on a Global Market Based Mechanism to curb CO2 emissions from international aviation. This would be the first global sectorial agreement. In line with its climate policy, the European Union will be pushing for an ambitious and binding deal.

The background:

International aviation was not explicitly mentioned in the COP21 Agreement despite the efforts of the European Union. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is therefore expected to agree on a CO2 offsetting scheme to curb aviation emissions.

Unless effective mitigating action is taken, emissions from the aviation sector are set to rise by almost 300% in the course of the 21st century. This would potentially jeopardise the global climate commitments made in Paris and the objective to keep global-warming well below 2 degrees.

The EU is therefore pushing for an ambitious deal that can ensure carbon-neutral growth of international aviation as of 2020. This position is expressed in the so-called "Bratislava Declaration" adopted on behalf of the EU, its Member States and 16 other European states. Over the last months, the Commission has also been actively reaching out to key international partners to secure a deal.

The event:

The 39th session of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation is held in Montreal between 27 September and 7 October. The main topic on the agenda will be aviation decarbonisation.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will head the delegation of the European Union.

The Spokesperson's service will be available throughout the event to provide with regular updates and background information.

The sources:

The Bratislava Declaration:

A European Strategy for low-emission mobility - 'Action at global level':

The ICAO draft resolution:

TRIP User Survey
21 Sep 2016:

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TRIP Newsletter September 2016
13 Sep 2016:

September’s edition of the TRIP newsletter is out now, read it here. This month's edition includes an invitation to participate in TRIP's latest user survey; an open invitation to TRIP's transport security workshop on 10 November in Brussels; and, as usual, it also features project updates, events, and news.

Bratislava Declaration
12 Sep 2016:

The European Union together with its Member States and other European States has adopted the 'Bratislava Declaration'  [278 KB] by which they express their intention to implement the Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) scheme to compensate international aviation CO2 emissions from the very beginning in 2021. The possibility to create a GMBM scheme will be subject of discussion and negotiation at the next International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly from 27 September to 7 October 2016 at ICAO's headquarters in Montreal.

Driverless cars to communicate with road-users using emojis
08 Sep 2016:

Emojis such as smileys and winks are being tested as a way to enable driverless cars to communicate with human drivers on the roads., a start-up business based in Silicon Valley, has kitted out a set of autonomous vehicles with digital screens capable of displaying the signs, which are more commonly seen in texts.

In addition to showing the emojis, the screens can make sounds and display pictures, while they also carry the cameras and sensors the cars need for navigation.

It is hoped the system will help regular road-users to communicate with the robotic cars and improve safety once the vehicles start to be used more widely.

A survey carried out by YouGov Omnibus for Bosch recently revealed that many people may hold reservations about driverless tech, with a third of respondents admitting they would be wary about using it.

The emojis could be a way of relieving these fears, and the company is currently testing its innovative system on the streets of California.

Explaining the firm’s idea, its co-founder and president Carol Reiley said emojis could help to improve communication between human motorists and self-driving cars.

“We are anticipating that people’s behaviour will be very different around self-driving cars (compared) to normal cars,” she said.

“We aren’t satisfied with the lights and sounds on a current car. We need to design a new kind of robot that can communicate safely and interact with people.”

She added that the stakes were particularly high as the cars would be the first robotic devices to be used in the real world, rather than simply in factories. was founded by a group of graduates from the USA’s prestigious Stanford University after a starting fund of some $12 million was donated by anonymous investors.

The firm has said that its objective is to help bring down the number of fatal road accidents in the US, which are said to total more than 30,000 every year.

It is one of a cluster of companies to be granted a licence to test driverless vehicles in California, alongside Volkswagen, Tesla and Ford.

Integration key to future of Low Carbon Vehicles
08 Sep 2016:

Integration into the wider transport network is the key to the future development of Low Carbon Vehicles, according to the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC). At the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV2016) on the 14th and 15thSeptember, the TSC will highlight how emerging technologies and business models will enable new ways of reducing transport emissions – both at the vehicle and system level.

According to the TSC, ride hailing apps, car clubs and energy sharing technology are blurring the lines between private ownership and public transport – opening the door to system wide management of congestion and emissions. Meanwhile, connected and autonomous vehicle technology will enable more emission reductions by removing the unpredictable influence of the driver. Localised modelling of pollution will ensure that any potential increase in freight and passenger travel does not adversely affect overall emissions.

Looking ahead, the TSC will highlight the emergence of ‘Mobility as a Service’, which will incorporate traditional cars, driverless vehicles and public transport into a service contract. Such arrangements will be tailored to the individual traveler and could replace vehicle ownership.

The TSC is creating a shared vision of the future of transport, through their Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility. This will ensure that UK government, industry and academia can better coordinate their efforts and capture more of the opportunities available. This strategy has recently been updated with a set of technology road maps that will be explored during LCV2016.

TSC CEO Steve Yianni explains:

 “At the TSC we believe we are at the beginning of a transport revolution, where the way people choose to use transport is changing. For those involved in Low Carbon Vehicle development this offers some exciting opportunities. Electric Vehicles in particular are well suited to the sharing economy and would benefit from automation and connected fleet management.

Combining these vehicles into a flexible public transport system is the logical next step given the success of ride hailing apps and changing expectations of the travelling public – the challenges and opportunities this presents need to be explored. A shared vision is required between all modes of transport in order to ensure we gain maximum benefits from any future developments.”

You can find out more about the TSC’s recent Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility and MaaS report at The strategy and new technology roadmaps will be explored in a dedicated session that will take place at 9.30am on the second day of LCV2016. Members of the TSC team will be on stand C3-408 throughout the event.