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Transport is a key component of the European economy and society: it is an important industrial sector in its own right, while allowing millions of Europeans to get to their jobs every day, and permitting goods to hit supermarket shelves. The automotive sector alone provides 1.9 million direct jobs and a further 10 million indirect jobs in Europe, and accounts for 3% of EU GDP.

However, today serious challenges are created by unsustainable transport growth. Demand for transport is growing at an exponential rate, and the transport modes we use are too polluting, the oil it depends on is too expensive, and our infrastructures and environment can no longer cope. There are still too many accidents and fatalities due to transport, and we owe it to our citizens to develop safer, smarter transport modes.

FP7 is a tool to respond to these challenges. Over the course of seven years (2007-2013), it will use €4.16 billion to develop safer, greener and smarter pan-European transport systems that will benefit all citizens, respect the environment, and increase the competitiveness of European industries in the global market.

What will be funded?

The “Transport” theme covers all four modes of transport:

1. Aeronautics and air transport - Funding priorities are:

  • The “greening” of air transport
  • Increasing time efficiency
  • Customer satisfaction and safety
  • Improving cost efficiency
  • Protection of aircraft and passengers
  • Air transport of the future

2. Road - Funding priorities are:

  • Creating 'greener' road transport
  • Encouraging modal shift and decongesting transport corridors
  • Ensuring sustainable urban mobility
  • Improving safety and security
  • Strengthening competitiveness
  • Air transport of the future

3. Rail - Funding priorities are:

  • Interoperability
  • Intelligent mobility
  • Safety and security
  • Environment
  • Innovative materials and production methods

4. Waterborne transport - Funding priorities are:

  • Safe, sustainable and efficient waterborne operations
  • A competitive European maritime industry
  • Managing and facilitating growth and changing trade patterns

5. Multimodal

Research undertaken under the Seventh Framework Programme will also seek more efficient use and greater integration of all four modes by funding research in multimodal transport .

In addition, transport research under FP7 will provide support to the European global satellite navigation system Galileo and EGNOS.

Last updated on: 2012-04-26