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Future Research, Advanced Development and Implementation Activities for Road Transport

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - FUTURE-RADAR (Future Research, Advanced Development and Implementation Activities for Road Transport)

Reporting period: 2018-07-01 to 2019-12-31

The FUTURE-RADAR project continuously supports the European Technology Platform ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and the European Green Vehicles Inititave PPP EGVI to create and implement the needed research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport system. Linking all relevant stakeholders FUTURE-RADAR provides consesus-based plans and roadmaps addressing the key societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges in areas such as road transport safety, urban mobility, long distance freight transport, automated road transport, global competitiveness and all issues related to energy and environment. FUTURE-RADAR facilitates exchanges between cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America on urban electric mobility solutions. The project activities include project monitoring, strategic research agendas, international assessment and recommendations for innovation deployment as well as twinning of international projects and comprehensive dissemination and awareness activities. FUTURE-RADAR contributes to maintaining, strengthening and widening these activities to further develop the multi-stakeholder road transport research area, for the high-quality research of societal and industrial relevance in Europe.
The project work in the second reporting period continued smoothly based on an excellent co-operation of all partners involved.
Numerous technical/operative projects meetings and workshops were executed as described in detail in this report. On overall project and consortium level, the third general assembly was held in April 2019 in Brussels under participation and strong support of the representative of the EC Mr. Frederic Sgarbi. Also, on consortium level, quarterly jour-fixe-web meetings continued as they proved to be very helpful for a smooth and continuous flow of information among the project partners.
As planned, work in WP1 continued with the investigation of the progress and success of previous and ongoing road transport research projects regarding best practice guide-lines as well as the support of ERTRAC and EGVIA in the elaboration and definition of short- and long-term future research needs. These investigations were supported with a series of thematic workshops which will be described in more detail below. ERTRAC and EGVI were also supported in the elaboration of a study on “Scenari-os and Technologies for Decarbonization of Road Transport 2050” performed by a dedicated group of ERTRAC experts as well as the scientific and technical assessment of transport research projects (in course of the RTR-conference 2019). Further, the identification of potentially new research centres of excellence in areas where leading edge research is needed for the advancement of road mobility was carried out. The corresponding deliverable is almost finished at this point.
The focus of the project work within WP 2 was on a comparative study on research support and fund-ing in some exemplary member states as well such research support mechanisms outside of Europe as investigated during the first reporting period. Finally, work in WP2 continued also aiming at the sup-port of the development of sustainable transport solutions in cities as already initiated in the previous reporting period.
The activities in WP3 further focused on the communication and dissemination of the project results and ERTRAC and EGVI contents. The link already established to the EURACTIVE platform was used for the dissemination towards European decision makers, representatives of the Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
To demonstrate the importance and the impact of RTD activities under the ERTRAC roof, best prac-tice success stories of EC-funded research projects were identified and compiled. The corresponding deliverable report will be published in the early phase of the last reporting period.
Due to changes of boundary conditions for the project as well as certain changes in the needs of ER-TRAC and EGVI, some deliverables were shifted to later dates. The delayed submission was agreed on with the responsible EC representative. These changes did not have any further negative impact on the progress of the project – in contradiction, due to the adjustment of the project to actual external developments (e.g. faster move towards zero emission mobility), the results benefitted from this.
Close cooperation of the partners particularly in their work packages and tasks continued as planned. Information needed for the management and administration of the project was provided by the project partners generally in time and with excellent quality.
Generally, the project work will continue as initially planned.

The final phase of the project (M37-M48) will focus on the finishing of few remaining deliverables. Highlights should be:

- A “landscape” of research activities performed in H2020 and the impact of these activities relative to the objectives and goals of road transport research.
- Research needs for a CO2-neutral road transport – particularly in FP Horizon Europe
- Potentially new research centres of excellence and their contribution to shaping the European re-search in specific areas of road transport
- Best practice models for research support based on experiences inside and outside of Europe
- A collection of best practice research highlights with high impact as kind of lighthouses for future research activities

Two major events, i.e. the 4th general assembly in course of the TRA2020 as well as a final project event in Brussels in December 2020 are planned. Two further thematic workshops (on competitive-ness as well as on circular economy) will take place in March 2020. Furthermore, the project will con-tinue to support:

- the elaboration of position papers of ERTRAC,
- the collection of research needs for the co-programmed PPP 2Zero of HE (for call topics 2021 and 2022),
- the elaboration of an extended study “Scenarios and Technologies for Decarbonization of Road Transport 2050” including also well-to-tank aspects,
- the assessment of the progress and impact of research projects in the area of road transport (RTR conference 2020).
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