Sustainable surface transport - call for proposals

December 17, 2003

Brussels, 16 Dec 2003

The European Commission has published a call for proposals in the area of surface transport under the Sixth Framework Programme's activity 'sustainable surface transport'. This is one of the areas covered by the 'integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme.

The call covers the following areas:

Objective 1: new technologies and concepts for all surface transport modes
- future generation of clean and competitive engines for heavy duty vehicles;
- hydrogen and fuel cell powertrain concepts for transport means;
- quieter surface transport;
- research domains 1.4 (for advanced control, highly efficient hybrid vehicles and air conditioning systems only), 1.9 and 1.10 in the work programme;
- research domains 1.4 to 1.10 in the work programme for all surface transport modes.

Objective 2: advanced design and production techniques
- light weight, low mass road vehicles;
- next generation affordable urban guided public transport;
- virtual environment for an integrated fluid dynamic analysis in ship design (the virtual basin);
- risk based ship design and approval;
- visionary concepts for vessels and floating structures;
- research domains 2.5 and 2.6 in the work programme for all surface transport modes, domain 2.2 for new product generations only, and 2.7 for rail transport only;
- research domains 2.1 to 2.7 in the work programme for all surface transport modes.

Objective 3: re-balancing and integrating different transport modes
- increased reliability and performance for the rail system through intelligent vehicles and infrastructure systems for their maintenance;
- research domain 3.16 in the work programme for all surface transport modes;
- research domains 3.14 to 3.17 in the work programme for all surface transport modes.

Objective 4: increasing road, rail and waterborne safety and avoiding traffic congestion
- research domain 4.12 in the work programme for all surface transport modes;
- research domains 4.11 to 4.16 for all surface transport modes.

In specifying the instruments to be used in these areas, the call requests the use of Integrated Projects (IP), Networks of Excellence (NoE), specific targeted research projects and coordination actions. Proposers are advised to consult the full call text at the address below in order to find out the particular instruments requested for each area.

The total indicative budget for this call is 150 million euro.

To see the full details of the call, please consult the following web address:
http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cf m?CALL_ID=107
Remarks: The deadline for submitting proposal documents is 6 April 2004.


Before contacting the Commission, proposers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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