As a world leader of research and innovation (R&I), the EU is responsible for almost a quarter of world expenditure on research, while representing only 7% of the population. As part of this research, the EU has identified the need to continually strengthen dialogue between Member States and Associated Countries, as well as international partners, to build a ‘critical mass’ for tackling the evolving societal challenges thrown before it. The field of Transport is no exception, and is integral to the European Research Area (ERA) – aimed at overcoming the fragmentation of research in Europe that prevents European Member States from fulfilling their R&I potential.

As the ETNA Plus objective is to foster innovation in transnational cooperation in Transport, we have been looking into innovation strategies implemented in industrialised countries in the EU and around the world with a view to learning about different approaches. Our mission is to identify barriers to transnational cooperation in transport R&I in those countries, highlight areas of good practice found, generate some recommendations that could assist in the overcoming of these barriers and set the stage, especially within EU new actors and regions to capitalise from our results and enhance their transport R&I capabilities.

This information is now compiled into a Guidebook, which will be available here on the ETNA Plus project website by the end of January 2015. The idea of the Guidebook is to provide input to NCPs and other stakeholders (especially EU13 Member States) when aiming to develop their own efforts through transnational cooperation in Transport R&I when reshaping and developing national Transport Research Strategies.

In the meantime, feel free to read two reports provided by ETNA Plus in 2014: on transport research & innovation strategies within EU and non-EU industrialized countries. They are available in the LIBRARY section of our website.