Era-net Transport (ENT) was jointly founded in 2004 by a group of European national transportation research programmes. Between this milestone event and the conclusion of the third incarnation of Era-net Transport (ENT III) in March of 2016, the network had grown to include 24 partners from 18 countries and regions in Europe and beyond.
In addition to the establishment of a regular and trustful exchange of information between programmes, ENT has spawned a significant number of transnational funding initiatives, where national and regional funding programmes have pooled resources for the joint funding of projects. In addition to the joint funding initiatives organised and carried out within ENT itself, the network also provided the foundation for the development of several ERA-NET Plus and Co-fund initiatives.
In the period 2004-2016, ENT enjoyed financial support by the European Commission for its networking activities within the framework of three successively funded projects, so-called Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). With the expiry of ENT III in March 2016, the network entered into a new phase of collaboration: cooperation without the institutionalised support of an EU funded project. Underlining the clear value of continuing cooperation, the ENT partners unanimously agreed to pursue a self-sustaining form of collaboration and to maintain the existing network.
The ENT network continues to serve 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.