Call for Proposals – Sustainable Surface Transport (SST) FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1 Closed!


The scope of the research covers the entire Surface Transport System and embraces all its  elements: products (vehicles, vessels and infrastructures), services, operations and users integrating organizational, legal and policy frameworks.

The policy dimension of the Work Programme is derived from the objectives and priorities  described in the White Paper on Transport ‘European Transport Policy for 2010’ and its midterm review ‘Keep Europe moving’ and takes into account major policy initiates that may impact on transport, in particular energy and environment. The industrial dimension of the Work Programme has benefited from inputs provided by the relevant stakeholders, in particular through the contribution of the various Surface Transport Technology Platforms: ERTRAC (road transport), ERRAC (rail transport) and WATERBORNE(waterborne transport) and the EGCI Ad-Hoc Industrial Advisory Group. Inputs from other discussion forums have equally been taken into account.

The 2011 work programme is divided into two major action lines:

  1. Six activities are addressed, reflecting the strategic and policy challenges facing Europe
  2. Actions supported under the ‘European Green Cars Initiative’


Group of topics (GT) Nº 1: Efficient railway services.

  • SST.2011.1.1-4. Energy consumption reduction in urban rail systems
  • SST.2011.2.5-1. Rail system interoperability (regulatory and non-legislative interoperability based on technological innovations)
  • SST.2011.4.1-2. Mitigation measures and good practice to reduce human fatalities and disruption of services resulting from suicides and trespasses on railways property
  • SST.2011.4.1-3. Reducing the occurrences and impacts of freight train derailments
  • SST.2011.5.2-5. A system approach for railway operations management to increase capacity and decrease delays for railway customers’ satisfaction
  • SST.2011.5.2-6. Cost-effective improvement of rail transport infrastructure

Group of topics (GT) Nº 2: Eco-innovations in shipbuilding and waterborne transportation.

  • SST.2011.1.1-1. Green retrofitting through optimization of hull-propulsion interaction
  • SST.2011.1.1-2. Retrofitting of existing ships with green technologies
  • SST.2011.1.1-3. Towards zero emission marine engines
  • SST.2011.5.2-1. Strengthening the European maritime transport sector competitiveness
  • SST.2011.5.2-3. Cost-effective modernization of the inland fleet for freight transport
  • SST.2011.5.2-4. Exploring and fostering international collaboration in the waterborne transport sector

Group of topics (GT) Nº 3: Implementing research for the ‘European Green Car Initiative’.

  • GC.SST.2011.7-1. Specific safety issues of electric vehicles
  • GC.SST.2011.7-2. Integrated thermal management
  • GC.SST.2011.7-3. Efficient long distance transport – waste heat recovery
  • GC.SST.2011.7-4. Urban–interurban shipments
  • GC.SST.2011.7-5. Integrated intermodal traveller services
  • GC.SST.2011.7-6 Capability of improving and exploiting capacity
  • GC.SST.2011.7-9. Efficient long distance transport – future power train concepts (includes: advanced combustion and after-treatment)
  • GC.SST.2011.7-10. Architectures of Light Duty Vehicles for urban freight transport
  • GC.SST.2011.7-11.E-freight solutions and supply chain management

Group of topics (GT) Nº 4: Untapped research potential and filling gaps.

  • SST.2011.2.1-1. Efficient interfaces between transport modes
  • SST.2011.4.1-1. Design of vehicle safety systems for a better protection of vulnerable road users and other under-protected and less safe user groups
  • SST.2011.5.2-2. Advanced and cost effective road infrastructure construction, management and maintenance
  • SST.2011.6-1. Supporting the organization of the TRA 2012 conference and other research relevant events


European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 91,25 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)
  • 26,00 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 1)
  • 26,00 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 2)
  • 30,25 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 3)
  • 9,00 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 4)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 December 2010 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - Transport (incl. Aeronautics) (Work programme)
  • Call – Sustainable Surface Transport (SST) (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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