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Research and innovation

Transport research and innovation

Why the EU supports research and innovation in transport

The way we live and travel is changing. At the same time our transport system needs to adapt to global realities such as climate change and digitalisation.

Reducing transport's impact on the climate and natural environment is the most urgent priority, in order to meet COP21 Paris Agreement commitments and align with broader EU transport, climate and energy goals.

Research plays a crucial role in achieving the ambitious targets the EU has set in these key areas.

The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) outlines what the EU is doing to speed up the research and innovation needed to radically change transport.

Transforming transport will also be key to delivering the EU's next research and innovation funding programme and in particular the Horizon Europe Mission area on climate-neutral and smart cities.

Sustainable and smart mobility

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) funds bottom-up, open 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.

Horizon 2020 dashboard

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Collaboration and jobs

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 Horizon 2020 funding under the 'smart mobility and services' theme

Scientific publications

Scientific transport research publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Transport research tools and databases

The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access transport research related ones here.

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

Factsheet20 June 2022
Research and innovation for aviation

Altogether, EU R&I in aviation contributes to significantly reducing aircraft noise, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, thus improving safety, local air quality and minimising our dependency on imported fossil fuels.

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Factsheet13 December 2021
Research and innovation to drive the efficient and green mobility

The European Green Deal package on efficient and green mobility will help EU transport policy to deliver on the EU’s ambitious 2030 climate targets and help make transport sustainable for all. 

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  • News article

Horizon Europe info days dedicated to Cluster 5

The European Commission announces today that new info days for Horizon Europe Cluster 5, Climate, Energy & Mobility, will be held as a hybrid event on 15-16 December 2022