In the Early 2000s the European Union wanted to improve collaboration between national research programmes by creating an instrument called ERA-NET (European Research Area Networks). This scheme aimed to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national or regional level in the Member States and Associated States through:
the networking of research activities conducted at national or regional level, and
the mutual opening of national and regional research programmes.
On these basis Era-net Transport was funded in april 2004. Era-net Transport is represented by Europe’s most relevant national and regional transport research and innovation programmes.
A growing network
Era-net-Transport (ENT) has been running over 10 years now under sixth and seventh framework programmes. The ENT network has been enlarged from 11 partners from 9 countries in 2004 to 24 partners from 18 countries and regions in 2014. The main ambitions of ENT are:
Creating a Service platform for national/regional transport research Programme Owners and Programme Managers
Further strengthening and accelerating transnational collaborations in transport research area
Achieving wider geographical coverage
Developing new funding possibilities with enlarged budget volumes
Offering extended support for national/regional programme managers and owners
Increasing ENT visibility and dissemination
Since the start of Era-net Transport over 25 action groups have been working on various relevant transport research topics. Action groups are small and medium sized transnational research and innovation funding initiatives based on common national/regional innovation needs and running programmes.
As a result international collaborations on specific transport research topics have been developed including electromobility, mobility management, safety and freight-logistics.
The current phase of Era-net Transport includes a new instrument, the Flagship Call. This allows even larger collaborations to take place. The first Flagship Call, “Traveller of the future” was launched in 2013.
There are now a number of projects which have kind of “Era-net Transport-inside”. These are collaborations, like the ERA-NET Plus projects Electromobility+ ( www.electromobility-plus.eu) and Infravation (www.infravation.net) which use the principles, tools and experience gained in Era-net Transport.
Other results of Era-netTransport include mutual learning, Many transnational research projects, tuning and gearing national/regional programmes to transnational collaborations, establishment of supportive tools and database and acquired know-how and experienced transnational collaborations.
Trans-national research funding activities that have launched a call during the second phase of ENT
ENT18: Climate-friendly Freight Network
ENT19: Electric mobility
ENT22: Stepping Stones
The following trans-national funding cooperations have been launched within the frame of first ERA-NET TRANSPORT