Since 2004 a comprehensive and powerful network of national ministries and supporting organisations in the field of transport research has been building up Era-net Transport (ENT).
The Era-net Transport pre-dominantly serves to the owners and managers of transport research programmes by facilitating cooperation between their national/regional funding programmes in order to reduce fragmentation of the European Research Area (ERA) for Transport.
Since its foundation the Era-net Transport has initiated and implemented several activities and is currently defining further, even more advanced measures to improve the outcome and quality of transport research in Europe.
The new phase of Era-net Transport is built on the experiences and achievements of previous phases as well as on the experiences and lessons learned of the related ERA-NET Plus Electromobility+.
Successful cooperation requires a solid and suitable basis and framework, which will be the subject of coming ENT-driven activities. One of these horizontal future initiatives will be the provision of a database on national transport research programmes and national R&D results. Furthermore the Era-net Transport sees a need to encourage and enable less-experienced partners to participate in trans-national cooperation as well as in the European Framework Programme. ENT facilitates this target by supporting these partners in their development of appropriate structures, processes and transport research programmes.