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Research and innovation

Road transport research

Policy, funding opportunities, jobs, projects, publications, databases, news and events

Why the EU supports research and innovation in road transport

Road transport contributes nearly a quarter of the EU's total CO2 emissions, but it is vital for the economy. It carries more freight and more passengers than all other modes combined and provides jobs for more than 10 million people.

Research in road transport is essential and has great potential for helping us live more sustainably, especially in cities where car transport is the main source of pollution.

Road vehicle automation is a major trend that could help make road transport safer and cleaner, while reducing congestion. 

Other research priority areas are

  • reducing the number of road deaths
  • new vehicle concepts and production technology
  • improving air quality by making car engines cleaner and more efficient

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the environment-related calls

COST actions

COST (European cooperation in science and technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks

Projects and results

Horizon Magazine

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

Collaboration and jobs

The European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVIAfor2Zero)

The European Green Vehicles Initiative Association for the 2Zero partnership (EGVIAfor2Zero) is an international non-profit association engaged with the European Commission into the 2Zero partnership in order to represent the Partners other than the Union.

POLIS network

Network for local and regional authorities to work together to promote sustainable mobility by deploying innovative transport solutions.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

TRIMIS Dashboard

Dashboard where you can search for data on beneficiaries of H2020 funding for smart mobility and services

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE