ECTRI Projects


Grant Agreement no: 723989

Funding Scheme: Research and Innovation Action

Starting date: October 1st, 2016

Duration: 36 months

Budget: € 2 991 672,50


SKILLFUL leaflet

SKILLFUL website


Skills and competences development of future transportation professionals at all levels


SKILLFUL vision is to identify the skills and competences needed by the transport workforce of the future (2020, 2030 and 2050 respectively), define the training methods and tools to comply with them. SKILLFUL aims to review the existing, emerging and future knowledge and skill requirements for workers at all levels in the transportation sector, to structure the key specifications and components of the curricula and training courses that will be needed to meet the requirements optimally and to identify and propose new business roles in the education and training chain, such as those of “knowledge aggregator”, “training certifier” and training promoter”, in order to achieve European wide competence development. Project results are verified through a wide number of pilots with low to high skilled workers from all transportation modes europewide.


Grant Agreement no: 653739

Funding Scheme: Coordination Action

Starting date: May 1st, 2015

Duration: 24 months (12 months extension)

Budget: € 2 999 405


SETRIS leaflet

SETRIS website



Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies

The SETRIS Project brings together five Transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) – road, rail, air, water and logistics – and a variety of their membership as partners into one consortium, coordinated by ECTRI (the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes) and Newcastle University. SETRIS aims to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe.

Main SETRIS project objectives, methodology and expected project impact:

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

Objectives one to four lead to two integrated agendas highlighting not only innovations or research activities that need to be conducted but also the changes in governance that are required to facilitate these agendas. For the first time, the objectives will be implemented through the involvement of representatives of all relevant transport modes and European Technology Platforms within one single collaborative initiative. The ETPs will develop a framework for long-term cooperation between actors from all transport modes that will support the cohesive and coordinated approaches to research and innovation strategies that will facilitate the delivery of a truly integrated transport system.

The potential impact of SETRIS on 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 in cooperation between the ETPs and is fully supported by the ETPs.





Grant Agreement no: 285305

Funding Scheme: CSA-SA – Support actions

Starting date: October 1st, 2011

Duration: 24 months

Budget: € 908 199,00

Partners: ECTRI (leader), ERTICO, EURNEX, FEHRL, and VOLVO.

EUTRAIN leaflet

EUTRAIN website


European Transport Research Area International cooperation activities

The main idea and objectives of this concerted effort were to promote international cooperation in the field of transport research, to establish the free circulation of specialized knowledge, innovation, best practice experience and know-how in facing common transport problems and challenges and create the conditions for more “breakthrough” research and achievements that would otherwise require more time and resources if faced individually and separately. In the field of transport research, the European Union as well as other major national, federal or regional entities of “global” importance such as the U.S., Russia, Mediterranean countries, Korea, Japan, Australia, South America, India, China, and others are buffeted by common transport related problems and challenges. International cooperation in transport research is becoming an increasing priority, aiming primarily at creating “critical mass” in moving collaboratively to solve critical 21st century transportation challenges.


Grant Agreement no: 266051

Funding Scheme: CSA-SA – Support actions

Starting date:  June 1st, 2010

Duration: 28 months

Budget: € 823 393,00


DETRA leaflet

DETRA website





Developing the European Transport Research Alliance

The concept of DETRA derives from the so-called Lyon Declaration. In 2008, the Lyon Declaration signatories i.e ECTRI, FERSI, FEHRL, EURNEX, HUMANIST, ISN and NEARCTIS committed themselves to work together on the deepening of the European Research Area objectives in transport in order to address the Grand Challenges. From this commitment grew the objective to create a European Transport Research Alliance (ETRA) that would strengthen the transport domain. Key priorities of this alliance were to examine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in the domain and develop a common understanding and approach to reducing fragmentation and overcoming barriers.

Addressing the Grand Challenges of the European Research Area objectives in transport, DETRA will produce five major outputs covering the main strategic issues to be addressed in shaping a coherent Transport ERA programme for 2020.




Grant Agreement no: 234122

Funding Scheme: CSA-SA – Support actions

Starting date: January 1st, 2009

Duration: 20 months

Budget: € 300 000,00

Partners: UCD (leader),ECTRI, RWTH Aachen University, MOW, ZAG, and TUI.

YEAR2010 leaflet

YEAR2010 website



Young European Arena of Research 2010

The Young European Arena of Research 2010 is a competition for early-stage researchers who are exploring the area of surface transport within their research. It gives the students an opportunity to showcase their work to experts within the field, both online and, for the best candidates, at the Transport Research Arena conference (TRA2010) in Brussels in June 2010. Students will be asked to submit an abstract online under one of the TRA2010 scientific pillars, or one of the two additional pillars – Future Vision of transport, and the Interdisciplinary pillar. This collection of abstracts will be hosted online on the YEAR2010 website and will represent a showcase of European research, open for viewing by all those interested in the subject. From these submissions, 50 finalists will be invited to attend the TRA2010 Conference in Brussels to display their work. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for each of the pillars will be presented during the conference, for an expected 1,500 delegates to observe.

Presentation of the project given during the NEARCTIS workshop held on November 13, 2010 in London, United Kingdom.





Grant Agreement no: 31372

Funding Scheme: Coordination Action

Starting date: April 1st, 2006

Duration: 18 months

Budget: € 400 000,00


EURFORUM leaflet




European Research Forum for Urban Mobility

The objective of EURFORUM aimed at creating a forum at European level, effectively representing stakeholders of European research on urban mobility, including representatives of local authorities, public transport associations, research bodies, etc. It focussed on a better and more innovative coordination of research serving urban mobility of people and goods.
This forum provides re-commendations for the coordination of European research on urban mobility issues in order to:

  • help structure the supply side of European research in this field;
  • pave the way to make Europe a real competitive global player in urban mobility;
  • reduce the overall cost of urban mobility;
  • increase the attractiveness of public transport, walking and cycling, while encouraging a more rational use of motorised traffic.

EURFORUM covered all private and public transport modes and focussed both on technology- and policy-oriented research.
The project paid special attention to urban mobility challenges in the New Member States. EURFORUM’s Strategic Research Agenda addressed research issues in the particular field of urban transport considering all transport modes and focusing on intermodality for both passenger and freight transport. The focus was directed on urban issues, including transport within an agglomeration and its surroundings. EURFORUM’s SRA relied on the conviction that holistic and interdisciplinary research is the most adequate approach to solve the problems identified in the area of urban transport.


Funding Scheme: Specific Support Action (SSA)

Starting date: October 1st, 2005

Duration: 24 months

Budget: € 180 000

Partners: ECTRI (leader)

ECTRI members involved : CDV (CZ), DLR (DE), INRETS (FR), KTI (HU) and VTI (SE)

NetTrack leaflet

NetTrack website

CORDIS website


NETworking Transport ReseArch Resources, Competencies and Knowledge within the new boundaries of European Research Area

ECTRI has developed the NET-TRACK project (NETworking Transport ReseArch Resources, Competencies and Knowledge within the new boundaries of European Research Area), which began in October 2005 and will lasted years. The aim of this project was to contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of surface transport by involving leading research institutes from New Member States (NMS), Acceding Countries (AC) and Western Balkan Countries (WBC) in current European research efforts, notably in research management and in soft research infrastructures issues. Workshops on each issue were organized in June 2006 and June 2007.