Project details

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., Japan, Australia, South America, India, China, Russia 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. The main idea and objective is to establish – through international cooperation in transport research - the free circulation of specialized knowledge, experience and know how in facing transport problems and challenges and create through collaboration the conditions for more “breakthrough” research and achievements that would otherwise require more time and resources if faced individually and separately. As the European Transport Research Area (ERA-T) takes shape and strength, international transport research collaboration can both help its further strengthening and internal cohesion as well as boost Europe’s competitiveness in the global economy. The EUTRAIN project puts forward a framework for such international cooperation in Transport research between the European Transport Research Area (ERA-T) and other regions, in order to ease existing barriers and limiting factors for such collaboration. It is also of major interest to try and achieve, within international research collaboration, an increased focus on human resources and creating the next generation of “global” researchers. The EUTRAIN project builds upon the existing experience and know-how in this field - that has been gained in recent years through specific actions of international cooperation as well as projects / studies – and goes one step further to make specific recommendations and policies that will be “ripe” for implementation.

Objectives

1. To contribute towards the establishment of a framework for international transport research cooperation1 to be built upon the principles and orientations laid down in the EC Communication “A strategic European Framework for International Science and Technology Cooperation”
2. To investigate country research capabilities, investment, future priorities and potential for cooperation with the EU in the prospect of mutual interest, in major regions of importance to the European Research Area – Transport (ERA-T). These regions will include (but not necessarily limited to), the following:

- Regions of immediate proximity and/or interaction with ERA-T: US, Russia, Mediterranean cooperation countries (with focus on the southern side of the Mediterranean, i.e.: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt), and Eastern Europe Neighbourhood cooperation countries (such as: the Balkan countries, Turkey, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus).
- Regions of wider interest and importance: China, India, Korea, South Africa.
- Other regions, e.g. Japan, Australia, Latin America (Brazil / Argentina / Chile), Canada.

3. To consider and discuss current practices for research governance and management as well as barriers, gaps, and diversions for international transport research cooperation.
4. To assess the benefits or added value to ERA-T, as well as the prospective synergies from such closer international cooperation.
5. To investigate alternative models and tools for carrying out such cooperation in the most effective and productive way and finally,
6. To disseminate, in the course of doing the above activities, European know how and practices in transport research.

In the course of carrying out the above project objectives and their related activities, the project will also seek to clarify and establish the current status and practice vis-à-vis a number of “focused” international cooperation issues among which, most notably the following:

  • Information and data sharing issues
  • Achieving “global” research infrastructures
  • Pre-standardization issues and means of harmonizing approaches and practices
  • Intellectual Property Regimes
  • Differences in Institutional cultures and research governance regimes
  • Research training and human resource issues (Mobility of researchers and global networking)
  • Establishment of open research cooperation programmes (e.g. notably joint programming).

EUTRAIN in brief

7th Framework Programme
Call: TPT.2011-3-1
Theme: A productive international cooperation to strengthening the European Transport research area and facing global challenges
Project coordinator: ECTRI www.ectri.org
Duration: 24 months, October 2011 - September 2013
Total budget: € 908.199
EC contribution: € 908.199

Co-funded by the EC DG Research for Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICA)

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The EUTRAIN project will design a general framework related to international transport research cooperation.

This framework will be based on the results and outcomes of related projects and other initiatives in the recent past as well as on the outcome of a thorough investigation of all different aspects of international cooperation such as current practices and more specifically gaps and barriers confronted in other international cooperation projects with the same field of interest, common characteristics, priorities and needs for international transport research and alternative models and tools for such research cooperation.

For the successful completion of the objectives and project concept mentioned above, a number of activities will be carried out. These activities are organized in five work packages, as presented next:

The main objective of this work package is to guarantee effective project management and central coordination through all the administrative and financial actions that are necessary for the accomplishment of the objectives and the punctual completion of the project tasks within the budget and time constraints specified. The project manager will also ensure high quality international coordination between the EU and non-EU participants and also with the relevant EU bodies. The activities of Work Package 1 are coordinated by ECTRI and are further broken down in 2 tasks:

Task 1.1: Financial, administrative and quality management

Task 1.2: Network of Associated Entities management

The second work package aims to establish current and potential future fields of interest, as well as barriers / gaps / diversions for international cooperative research work in the field of Transport, based on a detailed and well-structured work programme that includes a questionnaire survey to be conducted through bilateral contacts – visits (and /or telephone or web interaction), 3 special workshops, examination of the findings of previous relevant studies and EU funded research projects, and other relevant means. The main objective of this WP is therefore to define the common needs, international cooperation elements, the differences and the divergences between the (transport) research regimes in the various regions/ countries of interest to the ERA-T, in relation to what happens in the EU and inside the ERA-T. The emphasis will be on research content, capabilities, investment, future priorities and potential for cooperation and on the needs and preferences in terms of actions and models of cooperation. The activities of Work Package 2 are coordinated by ECTRI and are further broken down in 9 tasks:

Task 2.1: Organization and execution of bilateral meetings - Questionnaire preparation - coordination of bilateral meetings with third countries

Task 2.2: Organization and execution of 3 regional workshops

Task 2.3: Extraction of the results and recommendations of previous projects and reports

Task 2.4: Programming and governance issues in target countries, including joint programming

Task 2.5: Research infrastructures and their networking - Information and data sharing issues

Task 2.6: Research training and human resource issues – mobility and networking

Task 2.7: Differences in Institutional cultures and research governance regimes

Task 2.8: Pre-standardization and means of harmonizing approaches and practices

Task 2.9: Intellectual Property regimes and their application in transport research

The main objective of this Work Package is (by using the results of the work in WP2 as well as the outcomes of the workshops and other project activities) to focus on establishing the topics of interest for International cooperation, as well as the current and future priorities, the levels of investment to be available, and in general the capabilities for international cooperation in Transport research according to the region concerned. Another objective is also to make an assessment as to the effectiveness, efficiency, and potential benefits and added value to ERA-T of such cooperation. The activities of Work Package 3 are coordinated by ECTRI and are further broken down in 4 tasks:

Task 3.1: Topics of interest and cooperation priorities with the US

Task 3.2: Topics of interest and cooperation priorities with the Mediterranean cooperation countries 

Task 3.3: Topics of interest and cooperation priorities with the Asian countries and other regions (Japan, Australia, South Africa, Latin America)

Task 3.4: Topics of interest and cooperation priorities with the “Europe Neighborhood cooperation countries” (Russia, Balkans, CIS / Black sea region)

The objective of this Work Package is to complete the framework for International cooperation in Transport research, that emerges through the findings and recommendations of the previous WPs by producing recommendations on the models and tools of international cooperation in Transport research and also the other specific issues mentioned in B.1.1.2 above and raised as well in the EU’s report COM (2008) 588 final 24-9-08. Again these recommendations will be based on the findings of the workshops, the surveys and the other activities of WPs 2 and 3 above. The activities of Work Package 4 are coordinated by ERTICO and are further broken down in 6 tasks:

Task 4.1: Joint Programming and governance issues

Task 4.2: Producing “global” Research infrastructures – information and data sharing issues

Task 4.3: Research training and human resource issues

Task 4.4: Institutional cultures and research governance regimes issues

Task 4.5: Intellectual Property Regimes – status and procedures for int’l patents

Task 4.6: Pre-standardization issues and means of harmonizing approaches and practices

The main objective of this Work Package is to disseminate the findings, experience, and progress so far of the project through a number of activities such as the final project Conference, the three workshops, the internet site of the project, bilateral meetings, a regular newsletter and focused e-mailings and other actions as necessary. The activities of Work Package 5 are coordinated by FEHRL and are further broken down in 4 tasks:

Task 5.1: Dissemination plan

Task 5.2: EUTRAIN website

Task 5.3: Dissemination material

Task 5.4: EUTRAIN International Conference

EUTRAIN consortium is comprised by five core beneficiaries, who bring in the necessary expertise and members that will achieve the targets set by the EU and by the EUTRAIN project itself. 

The beneficiaries of the EUTRAIN project cover in a collective way all necessary aspects for the successful execution of an international cooperation in transport research project.

Click on the partners' logos for a detailed description of each partner

ECTRI - European Conference of Transport Research Institutes
ECTRI acts as project coordinator (and work package leader) and is supported by five of its member institutes throughout all the major activities and tasks of the project.
CERTH/HIT
IFSTTAR
KTI
TRL
UPM
ERTICO - European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination scrl
ERTICO acts as work package leader and is providing its skills and its extended expertise in international cooperation research projects.
EURNEX e.V. - European Rail Research Network of Excellence
EURNEX provides also its experience and expertise, especially in the fields of rail transport, with the support of two member institutes.
CVUT
MIIT
FEHRL - Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories
FEHRL brings in its large experience in international cooperation research projects, acts as leader of several project activities and is represented additionally by seven member institutes and three international partners, who participate as subcontractors.
BASt
CSIR
DNDI
DRI
LNEC
RWS DVS
VTI
VOLVO Technology Corporation
Finally, VOLVO is involved as an international industrial beneficiary, with established collaborations and extended network of cooperation at international level.

The main innovatory element of the project is the structure to be followed that allows for a flexible, multi-party interaction at international level. This interaction is made possible through a “Network of Associated Entities - NAE” and a wider number of “Related Entities - RE”.

Network of Associated Entities

The “Network of Associated Entities - NAE” will provide regular participation and inputs to all project activities and contains the following organizations that have accepted their participation and cooperation with the project.

 

TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council— a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. TRB’s varied activities—described below—annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation. TRB was established in 1920 as the National Advisory Board on Highway Research to provide a mechanism for the exchange of information and research results about highway technology. Renamed the Highway Research Board (HRB) in 1925, the organization accomplished its mission through standing committees, publications, and an annual meeting. In the decades that followed, HRB steadily increased in size. Information exchange remained its sole mission until the 1950s, when it began to undertake management of ad hoc research projects. The first continuing research management activity—the National Cooperative Highway Research Program— started in 1962. During the 1960s, the Board’s activities became increasingly multimodal in outlook. In 1974 the Highway Research Board became the Transportation Research Board. Since then, TRB’s portfolio of services has expanded significantly—first in the early 1980s, when it began conducting studies of national transportation policy issues, and again in the 1990s, when Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the state departments of transportation asked TRB to undertake additional tasks, including management responsibilities for the Transit Cooperative Research Program, guidance of ongoing research programs such as the Long-Term Pavement Performance studies, and management of the Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis programs. More recent additions have included new cooperative research programs in airports, freight, and hazardous materials transportation, and the second Strategic Highway Research Program.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specializes in highway transportation. The agency's major activities are grouped into two "programs," the Federal-aid Highway Program and the Federal Lands Highway Program. Its role had previously been performed by the Office of Road Inquiry, Office of Public Roads and the Bureau of Public Roads. FHWA's role in the Federal-aid Highway Program is to oversee federal funds used for constructing and maintaining the National Highway System (primarily Interstate Highways, U.S. Routes and most State Routes). This funding mostly comes from the federal gasoline tax and mostly goes to State departments of transportation. FHWA oversees projects using these funds to ensure that federal requirements for project eligibility, contract administration and construction standards are adhered to. Under the Federal Lands Highway Program, FHWA provides highway design and construction services for various federal land-management agencies, such as the Forest Service and the National Park Service. In addition to these programs, FHWA performs research in the areas of automobile safety, congestion, highway materials and construction methods.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 103, Section 3(e)(1)). The purpose of FRA is to: promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service; and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities. Today, the FRA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. It operates through seven divisions under the offices of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.

CTS was created in 1987 to address the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation, and to strengthen the University's role in transportation research and education. Originally a part of the Institute of Technology, CTS is now an independent University center reporting to the Office for System Academic Administration. The Center's work is in keeping with the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission—research and discovery; teaching and learning; and outreach and public service. In the years since it was established, the Center's capabilities have steadily expanded with the addition of new components like the federally funded Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute and the statewide Local Technical Assistance Program. CTS leaders have continued to work closely with University administrators and faculty, bringing diverse academic fields together to tackle complex transportation issues. Today, CTS is a nationally prominent center that attracts more than $22 million annually for research, education, and outreach programs. The Center works with more than 75 faculty from 25 different departments in seven colleges—a spectrum of disciplines including engineering, planning, economics, public policy, computer science, human factors, and environmental studies. Funding sources include numerous federal, state, local, and private-sector sponsors. Throughout its history, the Center has served as a resource and facilitator, helping talented University researchers develop new knowledge about transportation and then helping share that knowledge with professionals and policymakers. Ultimately, this knowledge improves transportation decision making—meaning better and safer transportation systems, smarter investments, and a higher quality of life for Minnesota and the nation.

Petersburg State Transport University (PSTU) is one of the oldest and most prestigious engineering higher schools in Russia. The University was founded in 1809. PSTU professors and graduates have contributed a lot to development of technical sciences in Russia. Among their achievements is design and construction of 99% of bridges in Saint-Petersburg. Nowadays, the University is a finely equipped complex comprising 16 buildings situated in the city center. Petersburg State Transport University admits applicants for studying at 10 faculties and trains students in 29 specialities in engineering, economics and medicine. Today, over 14,000 students study at the University, including more than 500 foreign students from 30 countries of the world. Annually, the University sends its students for studies and internships at Universities abroad and receives students from Europe, USA and CIS countries. The University graduates work successfully all over the world. Petersburg State Transport University is a huge scientific and research center in the field of engineering, construction and railway operation. The University’s lecture-halls and laboratories are provided with all the necessary equipment that complies with the latest requirements. PSTU takes part in organization and holding of more than 10 scientific conferences, symposiums and workshops on a regular basis. The University has agreements of cooperation in the sphere of education and scientific research with more than 30 foreign partners.

ARRB Group has over 50 years developed the resources to examine issues of national importance. Key strategies inlcude:

  • conducting multi-disciplinary programs of research on national priorities for Austroads
  • consulting services for members and the industry
  • creating a hub for road industry knowledge and experience which provides certainty and reliability in information
  • expanding knowledge sharing and transfer activities to meet industry needs
  • developing and commercialising innovative technology and systems.

In May 2003 the Austroads Council approved the establishment of a Technical Research Program with a commitment of core research funding to ARRB. Significantly, the primary objective was to rebuild expertise and experience within ARRB which would then be available to Austroads members to assist in responding to current and emerging issues. The following four core areas of research within the Technical Research program were identified. The key criterion was that they were areas where ARRB was the key source of significant research expertise in the region:

  • Asset Management research involves development of decision tools to assist road agencies. Key areas include assessment of the effects of incremental increases in axle group loads on the road network in terms of road condition and road agency costs, predicting dynamic wheel loading and its effects on the network and long-term pavement performance monitoring to develop consistent performance models.
  • Bituminous Surfacings research aims to improve the ability of road agencies to manage their surfacings assets in response to the emerging freight task and community expectations. The program includes work on optimising the performance of bituminous binders, sprayed seals and asphalt surfacings including use of polymer modified binders.
  • Pavement Technology research continues to focus on improving understanding of the response of flexible pavements to changing vehicle loads and new-generation heavy vehicles. Emphasis is being placed on unbound granular pavement materials.
  • Road Safety Engineering research focuses on ways to improve the road environment in order to reduce road safety risk as part of the Safe Systems approach. A number of projects covering areas of road safety and speed and roadside safety are underway. Other projects include road safety engineering measures to address fatigue, improving safety of heavy vehicles in urban areas and program development and trials of a national risk assessment model.
  • This research is critical as Austroads members are responsible for road assets valued at over $200 billion with recurrent expenditure of over $6 billion on maintenance. The program continues to develop and sustain a national capability for technical research and knowledge so that this can be available to meet the future requirements of the Australasian road industry. Results of the research programs are disseminated through numerous workshops and training courses, and the presentation of papers at international and Australasian conferences. In addition to the four core areas, ARRB also undertakes Austroads research in the areas of network operations; road user behaviour; traffic management; freight registration and licensing.

The DITL is part of the School of Engineering at PUC (www.ing.puc.cl). The School has nine Departments and two centres; ranks as the most prestigious in the country and is one of the top Engineering Schools in Latin America. Around 500 undergraduate students are received by the School of Engineering each year, and all of these are among the top 1% in the country. The School also offers MSc and PhD degrees and has strong links with the best universities in North America, Australia and Europe. The DTIL ranks top in research output among Spanish speaking countries. Its staff is formed by 8 full time academics, several part time lecturers, a team of research engineers – which work in the consulting/extension services for governments and private institutions as part of DICTUC S.A. (www.dictuc.cl). It also has an associate Traffic Engineering Laboratory – probably the most advanced of its kind in Latin America - that also provides services to the outside world as part of DICTUC’s activities. The DTIL is located in the San Joaquín Campus, with good installations for staff and postgraduate students, and a well equipped Departmental Library.

The DITL was formed in 1969 and since then has had a very good relation with governments and outside institutions, having been involved in large internationally funded research projects with, among others the following universities: Université de Montréal (Canadian International Development Research Centre, IDRC, 1985-1190); University College London (The British Council and Transport and Road Research Laboratory, TRRL, 1988-1991; Environmental and Physics Research Council, EPSRC, 1988-1989; 1998-1999); University of Sydney (New South Wales Roads Authority, 2007-2008); Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics (TEMPO project, 2009-2014).
Further, in 2009 the DITL was selected by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) to lead a consortium (including MIT, Sydney University, the Technical University of Lisbon and EMBARQ) creating a BRT Centre of Excellence (www.brt.cl).

The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) provides recommendations and alternatives for the nation's transport policy and assists in creating the optimal transport system for the Korean people through specialized research and technical innovations, while positioning itself not only as a specialized national institute but also as one of the world¡¯s leading transport research institutions. We are facing chronic urban congestion and inefficiencies in logistics, which in turn cause inconveniences for citizens¡¯ daily life and deterioration of Korea¡¯s international competitive edge. Against this backdrop, KOTI has come to play an enormously important role. KOTI has been committed to building a safe, convenient, efficient and environmentally sound transportation system for the nation since 1987. It has conducted a wide array of research projects, developed new transport-related technologies, and disseminated the outcomes of such efforts to the Korean government and public. Acclaimed as the most competent, influential and fast-growing national transport institute in Korea for 20 years since its establishment, KOTI is also aware that such a reputation can be easily lost in the sea of rapid changes unless it constantly strives to stay ahead of the times. Accordingly, KOTI has been continuously stepping up and readjusting its research capacity to meet the challenges of the future. As the barriers on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia continue to break down, the staff at KOTI are meeting the challenges of a new era once again. As we embark on this journey, there are many uncertainties. But through dedication, world-class research, and coordination with our neighboring nations, KOTI will overcome these difficulties by developing pioneering national strategies that will help Korea link to the Asian continent, allowing her to progress and prosper in the near and distant future.

The CSIR in South Africa performs multidisciplinary research and technological innovation with the aim of contributing to industrial development and the quality of life of people of this country -- and increasingly on the wider continent. We employ people who are experts in their fields and passionate about creating a better future through science. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945, the CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. The CSIR’s main site is in Pretoria, while it is represented in other provinces of South Africa through regional offices. The CSIR transfers the knowledge generated through research activities by means of technology and skilled people. The generation and application of knowledge reside at the core of the CSIR. This takes place in domains such as biosciences; the built environment; defence, peace, safety and security; materials science and manufacturing; and natural resources and the environment. The CSIR houses specialist facilities of strategic importance for African science. These include information and communications technologies; laser technology; and space-related technology. Activities include intellectual property (IP) management, technology transfer (for commercial gain as well as for social good), knowledge dissemination and impact assessment. The CSIR has a group of facilities that manages standard technology-based services. The experts in this group utilise the value of CSIR knowledge application activities by providing specialised consulting, analysis and testing services to address the needs of clients. Services include forensic fire investigations, food and beverage analysis, environmental testing, engineering forensics, wire rope testing, mechanical testing, fires and explosion tests, sports technology and analysis, and project management. South Africa’s national imperatives and global challenges provide the macrostrategic framework within which the CSIR conducts its research. In an effort to contribute to placing our continent on a path of sustainable growth and development, the organisation supports and actively participates in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The CSIR receives an annual grant from Parliament, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST), which accounts for close to 40% of its total income. The remainder is generated from research contracts with government departments at national, provincial and municipal levels, the private sector and research funding agencies in South Africa and abroad. Additional income is derived from royalties, licences and dividends from IP management and commercial companies created by the CSIR. The parliamentary grant is focused on the knowledge base and facilities in the CSIR to ensure these stay at the leading edge of technological development. It is invested in developing new areas of expertise, undertaking ‘pre-competitive’ research too risky for the private sector to fund and for training young researchers. The CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of Science and Technology. The CSIR has clients in both the private sector (micro, small, medium and large enterprises; formal and informal), as well as in the public sector (national, provincial and local government). The organisation also deals with public enterprises and institutions, national safety and security establishments, and development structures. Regionally and abroad, the CSIR fosters partnerships and a network of clients and partner organisations as part of a global sphere of influence on matters of technology. The CSIR liaises closely with tertiary education institutions. With a strong emphasis on relevant and developmental work, it also has strong roots in various communities, and collaborates with a wide range of donors and funding agencies.

Independent Administrative Agency Public Works Research Institute is one of Japan's representing research institutes that has been established with an aim to efficiently develop public works technologies and quality social capital by conducting research and development concerning public works, technological instruction and distribution of its research results at the same time as to contribute to promotion of development of Hokkaido. In April, 2006, Independent Administrative Agency Public Works Research Institute, whose parent organization had been Road Materials Laboratory, Public Works Bureau, Department of the Interior established in 1921, and Independent as the Hokkaido Civil Engineering Institute, whose parent organization had been Public Works Department Laboratory, Hokkaido Government, Department of the Interior established in 1937, were integrated to be newly launched. Public Works Research Institute accurately identifies social requirements, the people's needs and international needs and, by producing quality research results, aims to return benefits of its research results to society. In order to attain those achievements, the research departments of four institutions, Tsukuba Central Research Institute, Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region, International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management and Center for Advanced Engineering Structural Assessment and Research, implement research on prevention and reduction of natural disasters, improvement of living environment, advanced social capital stock management, measures regarding global environment issues such as energy/ resource saving, development of social capital suitable for the snow piling cold climate, advanced research and development such as new materials/ new construction methods for development of Hokkaido's agricultural and fisheries foundation and research and development in basic areas such as phenomenon/ mechanism analysis and general technologies that forms the foundation of the entire public works technologies.

Central Road Research Institute (CRRI - established in 1952), located at New Delhi, India is one of the premier national research organizations for Highway, Geotechnical, Pavement, Traffic and Bridge Engineering, Transportation (Planning, Environment, Economics) & Traffic safety. Important R&Ds encompass different aspects of unsealed, flexible and concrete pavement, mix design, evaluation and performance monitoring, modelling of pavement deterioration, developing pavement management system, soft ground improvement, monitoring performance of bridges and culverts. CRRI has worked out for improved transportation planning and engineering solutions for emerging urban needs. Investigative research in the area of rural roads, materials, pavement failure and highway (instrumentation, design and safety, development of improved binders, etc) form an integral part of CRRI programmes. CRRI also provide regular training to national and International level engineers and planners on Highway, Traffic and Pavement Engineering and disseminates the latest findings through publications. The Institute has over 150 scientists and technical officers with high academic qualifications, and long years of rich research experience. CRRI has also developed a few road testing equipments and is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and other infrastructural facilities. Accelerated Pavement Test Facility (APTF) is a recent acquisition of CRRI.

CRRI has worked with TRB (USA), ARRB (Australia), TRL (UK), PIARC, US Strategic Highway Research Programme (US-SHRP), several European road research institutes, Road organisations in the SAARC region, etc. CRRI was a subcontractor to FEHRL in the FP7 project SIMBA II project which looked at strengthening road transport research cooperation between Europe and emerging international markets.

WATERBORNE TP is an initiative that came forth from the Maritime Industries Forum (MIF) and its R&D committee in 2005 and is making strident efforts to regularly update R&D requirements for European competitiveness, innovation and the meeting of regulations like safety and environment. The stakeholders include EU associations covering deep and short sea shipping, inland waterways, yards, equipment manufacturers, marine leisure industry, research and university institutions, classification societies etc. The so-called stakeholder Support Group is matched by a Mirror Group of government appointed delegates.

The WATERBORNE TP is one of the some 30 technology platforms in the EU and where appropriate possibilities for exchanges or other ways of cooperation are investigated. The WATERBORNE TP published a VISION 2020 paper in 2005, a Strategic Research Agenda in 2006 and an Implementation Plan in 2007. The contents are been used by industry sectors, national R&D programs and not in the last place by the European Commission for defining the outline of and calls under the R&D Framework Programs.

The main innovatory element of the project is the structure to be followed that allows for a flexible, multi-party interaction at international level. This interaction is made possible through a “Network of Associated Entities - NAE” and a wider number of “Related Entities - RE”.

Network of Related Entities

The “Network of Related Entities - RE” contains a wider number of Organizations that are of interest to the project and who will be informed on the projects work, results and findings and who will be asked to interact in the same way or participate through representatives in the workshops or other activities of the project.

Moreover, the Network of Related Entities member organizations will be asked to complete this Questionnaire that aims at obtaining a basic understanding of their views, attitudes, and experiences as regards international transport research cooperation.

If your organization is interested in becoming a NRE, please contact the coordinator.

Indicatively, such organizations will be located in:

The following organizations have been contacted and are informed as Related Entities of the project: