Call for proposals for MOBILITY for GROWTH 2014-2015 H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages Closed!

Objectives

The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

Actions

Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • MG-1.1-2014: Competitiveness of European Aviation through cost efficiency and innovation.The aviation sector contributes 2% to the EU GDP. It is also an important source of jobs creating directly 1.7 million jobs (among which 480000 skilled jobs in aeronautics) and supporting another 2 million indirect jobs. The aeronautics sector alone generates a turnover of EUR 70 billion and exports 60% of its production. With 12% of its turnover invested in research and innovation, aeronautics is one of the most research intensive sectors and is one of the world leaders in terms of production, employment and exports. The long life cycle of aircraft requires long term investments with high risks. In order to preserve its leadership and jobs, the European aviation industry must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services in a time and cost efficient manner and to offer new and innovative products, vehicles and services, with improved environmental performance.
  • MG-1.3-2014: Seamless air mobility. The European air transport system plays an essential role in creating links between people and exchanges for business, leisure and culture within Europe and worldwide. In 2010, it was capable of transporting over 750 million passengers within the EU airspace relying on 450 airports. It carried also around 22% of EU trade with the rest of the world by value. Today, the typical duration of intra-European flights is short, but the overall time spent in travelling from door to door could be significantly shortened and the accessibility could be improved. In the case of disruption, the response of the air transport system is not yet satisfactory. The challenge is to enhance the time efficiency, seamlessness, robustness and accessibility of the European air transport system.
  • MG-1.5-2014: Breakthrough innovation for European Aviation.A number of very ambitious goals have been set by the sector at horizon 2050 in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE). Many of these goals will not be reached through an evolutionary approach only. Breakthrough innovations are needed, i.e. new solutions which rely on a disruption with respect to current approaches.
  • MG-2.1-2014: I²I – Intelligent Infrastructure. Taking into account the expected growth in transport demand and the ever-increasing customer expectations on quality of service, there is a need for a step change in the productivity of the infrastructure assets. These assets will need to be managed in a more holistic and intelligent way, using lean operational practices and smart technologies that can ultimately contribute to improving the reliability and responsiveness of customer service and the whole economics of rail transportation.


MG-2.2-2014: Smart Rail Services.There are two main specific challenges concerning seamless travel and logistic services.
1. Seamless multimodal travel
2. Logistic services.

  • MG-2.3-2014: New generation of rail vehicles. A combination of rail customers’ ever-evolving requirements for passenger vehicles regarding quality of service, mounting energy costs, more stringent emissions standards, and increasing stress on the economics of rail operation is generating a new wave of challenges to rail vehicle development – notably imposing the delivery of enhanced functionality, comfort, safety, operational performance, interoperability and reduced life cycle costs. Reconciling such requirements will imply a departure from the traditional, incremental approach to vehicle development to a whole new way of thinking on product development.
  • MG-3.1-2014: Technologies for “super” low “real world” CO2 and polluting emissions. Growing road traffic in Europe entails detrimental effects on the environment and public health to a level that is becoming unsustainable, while generating a large contribution to climate change, this in spite of increasingly stringent emission standards. The challenge is therefore to develop a new generation of transport technologies able to comply with stricter post Euro 6 limits under real world driving conditions while complying with future legislation on CO2 emissions and air quality with significant less noise. At the same time, with the progressive reduction of particle emissions due to the introduction of particle filters, the contribution of brake components wear to air quality deterioration is increasing in relative terms, and it is important to deepen the understanding of the health risk that this constitutes and find ways of reducing these emissions in parallel to engine exhaust ones.
  • MG-3.2-2014: Advanced bus concepts for increased efficiency. The challenge is to increase the modal share of public passenger transport, in particular by bus, and also promote co-modality. In addition, the economic situation today is highlighting the importance to study solutions for all segments of the urban bus market, capable to improve the attractiveness through innovative solutions for increased efficiency of the system. In particular energy consumption of auxiliaries in a bus represents a significant part of the overall consumption, heavily impacting energy efficiency performances.
  • MG-3.3-2014: Global competitiveness of automotive supply chain management. The market environment for the European automotive sector is characterised by weak economic growth, limited investments and declining sales of new vehicles in the mature markets. The accelerating introduction of electrified and other alternatively fuelled vehicles puts an additional challenge to the European automotive industry, in particular to its related supply chain. As a consequence production and supply strategies need to contemplate a mix of new products combined with innovative services, able to respond to customer needs in a flexible way. In the area of electrified vehicles this requires specific designs and the introduction of new technologies and service innovation for vehicles (e.g. electric batteries, e-components and systems, integration of high pressure CNG and H2 tanks and supply components) in manufacturing chains which must be matched by innovative production methods and processes in order to make them affordable and competitive compared with conventional cars.
  • MG-3.4-2014: Traffic safety analysis and integrated approach towards the safety of Vulnerable Road Users. Despite the improvement in road safety in recent years, road accidents and their consequences remain a serious social problem – on average 75 people lose their lives every day on European roads and 750 are seriously injured. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike and moped riders represent a particularly serious safety concern, since they account for a disproportionately high percentage of the total number of road fatalities and serious injuries. At the same time, measures aimed at improving safety often imply significant economic cost, and tend to become more incremental over time. The challenge is therefore to assess the societal benefits of such measures, to improve the safety of Vulnerable Road Users (riders of Powered Two Wheelers, cyclists, pedestrians, children, the elderly and Persons with Reduced Mobility and their vehicles) and to update existing knowledge of accident causation in Europe for all road users.
  • MG-3.5a-2014: Cooperative ITS for safe, congestion-free and sustainable mobility. Europe would be closer to solving problems related to congestion, traffic safety and environmental challenges if people, vehicles, infrastructure and businesses were connected into one cooperative ecosystem combining integrated traffic and transport management with new elements of ubiquitous data collection and system self-management. Significant technological progress in this area has been made in the past years; however, large scale deployment is in its infancy. Additional research is needed to improve and demonstrate at a European scale the effectiveness and efficiency of integrated smart mobility solutions based on human-vehicle-infrastructure communication. Seamless integration of the benefits offered by the European Global Navigation Satellite System (European GNSS) in ITS applications will play an important role.
  • MG-4.1-2014: Towards the energy efficient and emission free vessel. The challenge is to support developments that make new and existing vessels used in maritime operations (including leisure) and in inland navigation significantly more efficient and less polluting through solutions addressing four ship sub-systems: engine, pollution abatement systems, propulsion, energy sources and management including the efficient operation of on-board systems. Waterborne transport still offers an enormous potential for pollution reduction and energy efficiency gains. The reduction of pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions is far removed from the progress made in road transport, particularly in the category of older, small to medium-size vessels which make up a large proportion of intra-European waterborne transport, including inland navigation. Since vessels have a long life expectancy, developing technologies for clean retrofit and fuel conversion solutions is a key aspect of the challenge.
  • MG-4.2-2014: Safer and more efficient waterborne operations through new technologies and smarter traffic management. Ensuring and enhancing the safety of waterborne operations is of high importance for the EU since past and recent maritime disasters, and accidents in inland navigation, have shown that accidents come with high costs in terms of loss of life, environmental damage, economic impact, and the overall image and public perception of the waterborne sector. Whilst the safe operations of cargo vessels remain a challenge to be addressed (also in the light of the increasing use of Northern sea routes), the significant and continuing growth in the size of cruise ships and the expansion of their operating areas to remote regions (and particularly difficult environments such as the Arctic) has created a new and increasing risk. More research is needed to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for ship design and waterborne operations in order to avoid and mitigate passenger risks, ensure high levels of safety, whilst at the same time preserving increased passenger expectations of comfort and on-board amenities. Enhanced or new technologies for maritime traffic management will be key for safer and more secure operations as well as to lower emissions, whilst supporting a more competitive maritime transport as part of an integrated transport chain. To reduce congestion in ports and port fairways, port traffic guidance systems need to be at the same time cost efficient and easily deployable. Synergies with existing systems should be ensured, with the aim of integrating the use of port traffic guidance tools by all relevant authorities and ensuring the full interoperability between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems, which monitor vessels, freight and port services.
  • MG-4.4-2014: Promoting innovation in the Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) sector. The maritime and inland waterways sectors have different dynamics as regards policy developments and policy-making cycles. The Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) sector cannot benefit from the same economies of scale as the maritime sector, also because it is largely dominated by SMEs. The global dimension is practically absent; the sector has a stronger regional focus, is more driven by EU legislation and is more integrated into the internal market. Moreover, IWT is affected by climate change effects in terms of water levels. New priorities for inland navigation policy have emerged, including those coming from the NAIADES II action programme, which require RDI support as a key building block for exploiting synergies and bringing about an integrated, comprehensive, and sustainable waterborne transport system. This will improve the competitive position of IWT and give it a better environmental performance.
  • MG-5.1-2014: Transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urban areas. Significantly reducing the use of fossil fuels in urban mobility, whilst improving air quality and increasing the accessibility and attractiveness of urban areas will, in addition to advances in vehicle technology, require new, cost effective policy measures and tools. In particular the increased use of non-conventionally fuelled vehicles for passenger and freight transport in urban areas is a key challenge. Special attention should be paid to issues related to vulnerable groups of citizens and gender issues.
  • MG-5.2-2014: Reducing impacts and costs of freight and service trips in urban areas. In addition to advances in vehicle technology, achieving essentially CO2-free city logistics will require significant improvements in the efficiency of goods, waste and service trips to reduce negative impacts (including on safety) and costs. This will require, among others, an improved knowledge and understanding of freight distribution and service trips and the development of best practice guidance on innovative approaches and how to replicate them.
  • MG-5.3-2014: Tackling urban road congestion. Significantly reducing urban road congestion and improving the financial and environmental sustainability of urban transport will bring major benefits for the economy, the attractiveness of cities and citizens' wellbeing. This requires an improved understanding of measures to reduce urban road congestion whilst increasing urban accessibility for passengers and freight and contribute to the achievement of broader sustainable urban transport policy objectives. It also requires new thinking and innovative business models and service concepts for public transport, walking and (safe) cycling, adapted to increasingly limited public budgets. Special attention should be paid to issues related to vulnerable groups of citizens and gender issues.
  • MG-6.1-2014: Fostering synergies alongside the supply chain (including e.commerce).The global challenge is to find the right business models for a number of separate activities that when brought together can foster synergies that satisfy the seemingly mutually exclusive objectives of decoupling the growth of urban and inter-urban freight transport demand from its consequences on traffic and the environment. This can be done by horizontal collaboration between retail, distribution, logistics, traffic management, vehicles and their users whilst exploiting synergies from the vertical integration down-stream to the customer in a more intelligent chain. Moreover, mutually compatible collaboration should not be restricted to inter-urban/urban relations and enhanced regional logistics is necessary where joint use of regional logistic platforms, the set-up of new transport structures/networks (like consolidated rail cargo; improved trans-shipment terminals especially for rail, etc.), multi-level logistics, ecological supply chain design including modal shift, are all considered. The following trends need to be considered:- Redesigned global logistics processes, including the last mile component of the logistics chain. The redesign requires a sound information infrastructure for retailers, consumers and utility service providers and collaboration of authorities, shippers and logistics service providers along delivery chains.- E.commerce developments with the subsequent need for personalised, secure and efficient order fulfilment and delivery, by establishing collaborative and mutualised business cases.- Unit loads and packages that create a more efficient handling of products in the supply chain and thereby support the last mile delivery, especially in response to e-commerce.- The transition from the current independent supply networks to open global networks where resources are compatible, accessible and easily interconnected.
  • MG-6.2-2014: De-stressing the supply chain.The challenge for industry is to overcome the stress caused through dealing with the increasing length, complexity and vulnerability of supply chains while enhancing the performance, quality and knowledge needed to plan seamless transports of goods. To this end, a better undertanding is needed of the technological and operational opportunities that 'slw steaming' and synchro-modal operations and other relevant concepts provide.
  • MG-7.1-2014: Connectivity and information sharing for intelligent mobility. The complexity of the travel experience for individuals, including the difficulties associated with analysing and negotiating multiple available options/services, accessing the right information at the right time, and tackling the different needs of logistics services and operations, has increased significantly over the past years becoming ever more challenging and stressful. The challenge is to come up with new, efficient, affordable, safe, secure and accessible solutions taking advantage of the ever growing connectivity of people and objects, the availability of European GNSS based location, the advances in cloud computing, big, linked and open data and the propagation of Internet and social media, that will help solve the mobility problems European citizens and businesses are facing today. Indeed, 'Big Data' management (availability, collection, storage, distribution and use) will progressively become a major challenge in intelligent transport communications as will the wider issues related to data ownership, user acceptance and privacy concerns.
  • MG-7.2a-2014: Towards seamless mobility addressing fragmentation in ITS deployment in Europe. Although the application of technology has been the primary means of reducing the environmental impacts of transport in the last two decades, technical solutions alone cannot solve all the economic, environmental and societal problems Europe is currently facing. Multimodal integrated travel information, planning and ticketing services could play a significant role in improving modal integration, thus increasing the attractiveness of collective mobility and transport modes alternative to road and hence be inclusive of user group specific needs (including cyclists or pedestrians). However, the current fragmentation of the landscape in this field, including dispersed knowledge and lack of cooperation between various stakeholders involved in service provision, does not allow the user to easily organise a door-to-door pan-European intermodal trip while taking into account the emissions that will be caused by a specific travel choice.
  • MG-8.1a-2014: Smarter design, construction and maintenance. Increasing the performance of multi-modal transport infrastructure can be achieved through improving the productivity of the assets. In this context, key in the future will be to reduce drastically traffic disruptions of transport flows from inspection, construction and maintenance activities to accommodate increasing/changing traffic demand. This means fewer, faster, more sustainable and better planned interventions with maximum safety for the workers and other traffic participants.
  • MG-8.2a-2014: Next generation transport infrastructure: resource efficient, smarter and safer."In order to increase the performance of infrastructure to accommodate increasing transport demand, the 21st century transport infrastructure needs to be more resource efficient, smarter and safer. This requires a range of innovative solutions, including for intelligent traffic management, low-carbon construction and energy-harvesting. In order to implement effective infrastructure management in all transport modes, advanced methods for data collection (including automatic sensing) and analysis have to be developed. In addition, a better integration of infrastructure in its natural habitat with a reduced intrusion of noise, air pollution and vibration should be achieved. Another challenge consists in developing solutions for infrastructure to actively contribute to enhancing the safety level of the European roads.

 

European community funding

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

  • 341,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 18 March 2014 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • MOBILITY for GROWTH 2014-2015 (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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