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SETRIS Report Summary

Project ID: 653739
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SETRIS (Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-04-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

In “Europe 2020 Flagship Innovation Union” (COM (2010) 546), the European Union (EU) set out a clear vision achieve the ‘Innovation Union’ depicting 10 critical needs, including the “establishment of better linked up research and innovation systems tackling fragmentation and improving their performance”, and “to get more innovation out of research by means of stronger and closer links between sciences and businesses”. The EU’s White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system” (COM (2011) 144 final) calls for a clear joined up strategy to deliver innovation and deploy research results by involving all relevant stakeholders.

In 2000, the European Council introduced the concept of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) as an instrument to strengthening the European research and innovation area. The four transport sectors plus the logistics industry created their own ETPs respectively from 2000 to 2003 and 2013, to coordinate for each of them their strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs). Specifically, these five transport ETPs are:
• European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC)
• European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)
• Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE)
• Waterborne;
• Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE);

It is in this context that the SETRIS project operates. The project began on 1st May 2015 with the aim of delivering a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe. 18 partners from within the 5 transport ETPs have come together to work collaboratively for the first time with overall objectives to:
1. identify synergies between the transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs) and between these and relevant national platforms in Member States and associated countries;
2. review and update the existing SRIAs for each of the transport ETPs within a multi-modal and integrated transport system framework;
3. benchmark past and present research initiatives affecting the achievement of integrated transport SRIAs and market uptake;
4. define comprehensive, credible and realistic implementation plans for each SRIAs in a coordinated framework of running ETPs;
5. support, shape and contribute to future Transport Research Arena (TRA) events leading to a significant increment in the prominence of transport research and innovation activities.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

SETRIS is delivering its objectives through 5 Work Packages (WPs). There is particular emphasis on urban mobility, cross modal transport infrastructure innovation and long distance passenger and freight as core areas of the synergies approach to updating the transport SRIAs and their implementation plans. To complement this important work, SETRIS also includes activities aiming to support, shape and contribute to the future Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference.

WP1 Connecting passengers for seamless travel and sustainable mobility involves all of the ETPs working together, identifying and assessing the level of integration foreseen by the relevant SRIAs when targeting the delivery of a fully connected passenger experience across Europe. Resulting from this, credible joint implementation plans will be developed. In the first reporting period, an agreed set of challenges (physical, operational, economic and political) have identified the level of integration of the ETPs SRIAs required, whilst defining metrics by which to measure future progress and success. Collaboration across ETPs is being well implemented, leading to synergetic research and to innovation roadmaps. With stakeholder and policy maker input, the project has also been developing the definitions of the “truly integrated urban transport system” and “truly integrated long distance passenger transport system”. Extensive investigation into the EC-funded research contribution to their respective areas enables work to now continue that will result ultimately in an urban mobility transport SRIA implementation plan and a long distance passenger’s synergy report, both of which will inform future cross-ETP work in Connecting Passengers.

Representatives from all transport ETPs have established a ‘cross modal permanent group of stakeholders and experts in long distance freight’ as one of their first results WP2 End to end logistics. This will facilitate consensus on major research and innovation areas that need to be addressed in order to develop a cross-modal SRIA and Implementation Plan on long distance freight. Also within WP2, the definition of the “truly integrated transport system for logistics” has been developed, enabled by the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the reporting period. This work continues, targeting the development of credible joint implementation plans in the two major fields of urban logistics and long distance freight transport.

WP3 Modal SRIAs and roadmaps is providing transport ETPs ACARE, ALICE, ERRAC and Waterborne an opportunity for additional strategy work which is enabling each ETP to consider, individually, issues that remain linked to their specific mode and/or their particular activities. Each ETP’s work is complementing the activity completed under the recent/current respective FP7 CSA’s, leading ultimately to the ETPs jointly addressing further topics with a common level of understanding.

The development, at the beginning of the project, of a Dissemination & Communication Strategy within WP4 Dissemination, communication and engagement brought all of the project partners to the same understanding of the importance for collective action. ETPs and their partners have been very active in creating and maintaining dialogue with stakeholders, encouraging them to exploit SETRIS actions and results. Work here is bringing attention to the benefits that the integrated approach of the five ETPs in SETRIS can bring to political, economic and societal issues.

Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA) is a top transport research event in Europe that complements existing transport research conferences and fora through a strong focus on modal and cross-cutting issues. It gathers representatives of decision makers (both public and private), academia and research implementation bodies to discuss high quality science, relevant policy, industry trends and societal aspects in view to respond to today and tomorrow’s society needs and shape the future of our mobility. SETRIS is supporting TRA with a dedicated WP5 Sustaining a durable Transport Research Arena. It has provide the necessary inputs to the preparation of the 2016 conference by organising the participation of the different ETPs to the different Committees and Conference’s associated exhibition, namely the Organising, Programme and Management Committees. The partners involved have developed a number of guidelines and recommendations on TRA governance and operations, based on the previous years’ experience, that will strongly consolidate the future TRAs and assure the event’s sustainability. SETRIS had a strong presence at TRA 2016 in Warsaw, Poland and used this major event to disseminate results and recommendations being born from the project, discussing them with policy makers, stakeholders, industry and the research community. The development and issue by the TRA Member Organisations and ETPs, supported by SETRIS activity coordinated by ALICE ETP, of the “Declaration at End of TRA2016 – Looking Forward to TRA2018” has been a key impact for the project in the first reporting period. The TRA Management Committee stated at their 6th TRA2016 meeting in Warsaw, 12th February 2016 that they strongly welcome the contribution the SETRIS project is making to the TRA.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The potential impact of SETRIS for the transport sector is extremely significant and the successful outcome of SETRIS is essential for Europe’s transport future and supporting economic and societal progression. In identifying synergies between the transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) strategic and research and innovation agendas (SRIAs) SETRIS is defining comprehensive, credible and realistic implementation plans for joint SRIAs in a coordinated framework of running ETPs.

Project objectives are being implemented through the involvement, for the first time, of representatives of all relevant transport modes and European Technology Platforms within one single collaborative initiative. In this way, SETRIS is a unique initiative in research coordination, with all 5 transport ETPs have collaborating to produce joint recommendations and integrated plans. This is a leap forward in cooperation between the ETPs and is being fully supported by them.

SETRIS activities are following up on previous works undertaken by the five transport ETPs by updating and completing their existing SRIAs, roadmaps and implementation plans using a new coordinated and integrated approach. In this context, it will deliver a full set of European SRIAs and Implementation Plans that will support the cohesive and coordinated approaches to research and innovation strategies in Europe. To this end, the ETPs will develop a framework for long-term cooperation between actors from all transport modes that will support the cohesive and coordinated approaches to research and innovation strategies that will facilitate the delivery of a truly integrated transport system.

A key strategic level pan-transport ETP progression enabled by SETRIS has been the agreement of proposed 6 “topics of common interest”. These are viewed by all as being so ‘generic’ as to relate to all transport ETPs when looking ahead to further ETP joint-working:
1. Competitiveness of a European integrated transport system
2. Decision to decarbonise transport
3. Information technology, new opportunities and threats e.g. cyber security, big data
4. New mobility systems concepts (these fit well with SETRIS WP1 and WP2)
5. Progress towards an integrated transport system being slower than expected
6. Resilience of the transport system.

The EC has agreed that these topics should be considered to inform the next H2020 Work Programme, in terms of their socio-economic impacts.

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