Work Packages

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