Since 2004 a comprehensive and powerful network of national ministries and supporting organisations in the field of transport research had been building up Era-net Transport (ENT).
The Era-net Transport pre-dominantly served 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 defined further, even more advanced measures to improve the outcome and quality of transport research in Europe.
The last phase of Era-net Transport was 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 was the subject of ENT-driven activities. One of these horizontal future initiatives was the provision of a database on national transport research programmes and national R&D results. Furthermore, the Era-net Transport saw a need to encourage and enable less-experienced partners to participate in trans-national cooperation as well as in the European Framework Programme. ENT facilitated this target by supporting these partners in their development of appropriate structures, processes and transport research programmes.