Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies

In 2000, the European Council introduced the concept of ETPs as an instrument to strengthening the European research and innovation area. The European Commission formally endorses the ETPs, including the ones working within SETRIS.   They act as industry-led forums aiming at defining the medium and long-term research agendas of the field represented and developing the roadmaps to achieve such goals.  The four transport sectors plus the Logistics industry created their own ETPs respectively from 2000 to 2003 and 2013, to coordinate for each of them their strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs).

The four surface transport ETPs (ERRAC, ERTRAC, Waterborne and ALICE) recently produced a joint document highlighting the status and need for cooperation between them setting the basis for clustering of research and innovation.  This document is part of a wider initiative of three cooperation and support actions (CSA) funded by FP7 in 2013 aiming to update the individual ETP roadmaps.  This incipient collaborative approach has already identified, through previous cooperation, three clusters for innovation and research; 1) urban mobility, 2) cross-modal transport infrastructure innovation, 3) long distance freight.

SETRIS envisages the following objectives:

  • To identify synergies between the transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs) and between these and relevant national platforms;
  • To review and update the existing SRIAs for each of the transport ETPs within a multi-modal and integrated transport system framework;
  • To benchmark past and present research initiatives affecting the achievement of integrated transport SRIAs and market uptake;
  • To define comprehensive, credible and realistic implementation plans for each SRIA in a coordinated framework of running ETPs;
  • To support, shape and contribute to future TRA events.

The potential impact of SETRIS for the transport sector is extremely significant and the successful outcome of SETRIS is essential for Europe’s transport future. SETRIS will impact by defining comprehensive, credible and realistic implementation plans for joint SRIAs in a coordinated framework of running ETPs. This is a leap forward is cooperation between the ETPs and is fully supported by the ETPs.

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