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Research and innovation

Waterborne transport research

Why the EU supports research and innovation in waterborne transport

The main challenge for waterborne transport is how to balance optimal energy use with environmental impact. The sector lags behind  other modes in this respect.

Research is looking into new and better waterborne transport concepts to encourage moving freight by water rather than road.

These include

  • improving the environmental performance of marine engines
  • safer operations
  • lowering lifecycle costs
  • innovating in inland waterways

The entire value chain needs to get faster at creating and deploying research and innovation solutions. New frontiers in vessels and the industrial use of the oceans need to be explored further.

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.

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

Collaboration and jobs

Waterborne Technology Platform

The Waterborne ETP brings together stakeholders to transform the sector into a zero-emission mode of transport as soon as possible.

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


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

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