ERTRAC- EGVIA – EC: European Conference on Results from Road Transport research in H2020 projects – 28 & 29.11.2018 – Brussels

On 28-29 November 2018, Brussels will host the 2nd edition of the “H2020 Road Transport Research Conference”, the European-wide conference dedicated to the presentation of results from road transport research in H2020 funded projects.

During the event – organized by ERTRAC, EGVIA and the EC – more than 75 projects will share over 2 days their preliminary results and achievements in various areas such as Green Vehicles, Urban Mobility, Logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Automated Road Transport and more.

For further information about the event, see at

Call for applications for the selection of members of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF)

Considering all the new opportunities coming from digitalization and big data, with tangible positive effects on the way cargo and traffic flows are organized and managed, the European Commission has recently launched a new call for application. It specifically regards the selection of members of the Digital Transport and Logistic Forum (DTLF).

The Forum is expected to pursue its activities towards concrete implementation of the results achieved, as well as to identify and prepare for other relevant actions in transport and logistics, with the aim to create EU added value and contribute to the development of the Digital Single Market.

Deadline for the applications: 26 October 2018

More info on:

FABULOS pre-commercial procurement – call for tender open

On 1st September 2018, FABULOS Consortium launched an international Request for Tenders in order to acquire specific systems capable of operating fleets of automated minibuses within urban areas. All companies or consortia can apply, with the provision that at least 50% of the R&D needs to take place in the EU or Associated Countries.

The deadline for the submission of this pre-commercial procurement is 31st October 2018. Furthermore, to achieve more information, it may be useful to join the webinar organized by the project on 15 October 2018 (that will clarify the procurement process and offer time for Q&A).

More info on: and

ETNA2020 Workshop on International Cooperation @ Korea-EU R&I Day (12th Sept. 2018): Outcomes

The Korea-EU R&I Day, organized by the National Research Foundation of Korea, took place on the 12th September 2018 in Seoul. In the framework of the conference, where the EU- Korea R&I cooperation actions were presented by both the European Commission and representative of the Korean institutions, thematic sessions were held by related NCPs.

ETNA2020 held the session on ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ focusing on the support to international cooperation. 20 registered participants, coming from different backgrounds (industry, universities, research institutes, SMEs), took part in the workshop dedicated to the H2020 ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ Societal Challenge 4. An overview of Horizon 2020 (H2020), of its structure and of its rules for participation was provided in order to help the audience familiarize with the programme fundamentals. To follow, the ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ Work Programme 2018-20 was presented along with the 2019 calls for proposals: Mobility for Growth; Automated Road Transport; Green Vehicles.

The 2019 topics within the above mentioned calls were discussed. However, a better attention was devoted to those topics where the participation of Korean organisations is encouraged. In order to more tangibly support the involvement of Korean organisations in H2020 proposals, Partner Searches by EU coordinators were collected before the event and presented during the latter. The contacts of the coordinators were provided so to allow participants to get in touch with them right away. Additionally, several quests for partnership by EU universities were presented, including their expertise and possible fields of cooperation. The presentation is available at:

Korean participants are not automatically eligible for funding through Horizon 2020. Korean participants have themselves to determine the sources of funding and find the resources for their part of the project. These may be own funds, as well as funds received from Korean ministries, foundations and other organisations that fund research and innovation activities in Korea. Contributions can also be made in kind.

To support Korean participants, the Korean government, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP:, and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE: regularly launches public calls for proposals to co-fund Koreans in H2020 projects selected for European Union funding, covering all thematic areas.

H2020 brochures in Korean are available on the following website:

More information is available here:

Smart City Brokerage Event, Barcelona, 13-14 November ’18

Within the Framework of the “Smart City Expo World Congress” the project ETNA 2020 is organizing a networking and brokerage event – jointly supported by ETNA 2020 and Enterprise Europe Network – focusing on the topics covered by the Transport Work Programme 2019. The networking and brokerage event will take place the 13th and 14th of November 2018 in Barcelona.

Participants looking for partners for the calls published in the Transport Work Programme 2019 will have the opportunity to present their organizations and ideas for project proposals in 2 different ways:

  1. In the form of a brief oral presentation (3 minutes max.), using templates specially designed for this purpose.
  2. By participating in bilateral meetings (max. 20 minutes).

Registration to attend the “Smart City Expo World Congress” is a pre-requisite for participation in the networking and brokerage event.

Information about this event – including an on-line registration form – is available at:

Participants of the networking and brokerage event will not be given access to the venue without confirmed registration for participation in the Congress. Once you register to the “Smart City Expo World Congress”, you can proceed with registering for the brokerage event.

For further information about the brokerage, please refer to:

The registration is open until October 30th, 2018

Project Engage: The Engage KTN Call for PhDs and post-graduate theses is open now!

SESAR JU has recently launched a new Project, namely Engage – Knowledge Transfer Network, aimed to promote and facilitate the development of Air Traffic Management (ATM) research in Europe.

In this context, the Engage KTN Call for PhDs and post-graduate theses is open now. This is a single Call with a budget of almost one million euros and is open until 01 November 2018.

Concise proposals must contain innovative research ideas and address the (long-term) evolution of the European air traffic management system.

More information and submission instructions have been published on the Engage website:

11 October 2018: CHARIOT 1st Project Workshop ‘’Towards a Cognitive Computing Platform Supporting a Unified Approach towards Privacy, Security and Safety (PSS) of Internet of Things (IoT) System’’

On October 11th 2018, Vatican City (Rome, Italy) will host the first CHARIOT Workshop ‘’Towards a Cognitive Computing Platform Supporting a Unified Approach towards Privacy, Security and Safety (PSS) of Internet of Things (IoT) System’’.

CHARIOT is a Project funded under the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 with the intent to provide a design method and cognitive computing platform supporting a unified approach towards Privacy, Security and Safety of the IoT Systems. Among its main features, the application of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technologies and of a block chain ledger as well as the implementation of a fog-based decentralized infrastructure for security integrity represent the Project’s key innovations.

The purpose of the first CHARIOT Workshop is to present the results achieved since the Project’s inception and facilitate the discussion of expected outcomes that might occur in the industrial areas of application of IoT, or Living Labs, such as Transports, including Rail and Airport, and Buildings.

Registrations will close on 25th September 2018.

More info on:

Call for applications for the selection of members of the expert group on maritime transport sustainability – the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF)

The European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) is aimed to provide a platform for a structural dialogue, exchange of technical information, cooperation and coordination between the Commission, Member States’ authorities and maritime transport stakeholders on topics related to the sustainability and the competitiveness of EU maritime transport.

The EESF is searching members of the expert group on maritime transport sustainability. The deadline for the applications is 10 October 2018.

For further information, see at

Webinar on European Transport Organisations: Who they are and why you should engage. September 11, 2018. 15:00 – 16:00 CET.

Are you aware of the stakeholder organisations who have a say in research and innovation agenda in transport? Anyone in transport grappling with the “alphabet soup” that is EARPA, ECTRI, ACEA, EGVI, ACARE, CLEPA, ERTRAC, SESAR just to name a few, would be interested to attend the upcoming webinar to find out:


Who are they?

How to look for them?

What role do they play in the transport R&I ecosystem?

How can you consult the ETNA2020 webpage?

ETNA 2020 has an on-line toolbox dedicated to transport actors and related literature to provide interested stakeholders a deeper understanding of the transport landscape.

More information and registration

Webinar Host: Innovate UK. Speakers: Selina So, Eve Eyres

Click here to register. Participants will receive a webinar link upon completing their registration.

The link for those who would like to join the webinar the last minute

Rail: Handbook for International Contingency Management

On 12 August 2017, because of an incident near the German city of Rastatt a highly used rail track section was closed for all traffic for nearly two months. This event obviously provoked financial losses and many problems in terms of capacity and interoperability especially because that section represents a key part of the Rhine-Alpine rail freight corridor and connects the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp to Switzerland and Italy.

The European Commission, with the intent to avoid the recurrence of these issues, has recently created Handbook for International Contingency Management containing all the possible measures to mitigate such incidents more effectively in the future.

To read the entire document, see at

Issue #4 of Shift2Rail e-news

On 26th July 2018, it has been released the 4th issue of the Shift2Rail Newsletter. This number provides for many interesting news in the field of the rail sector.

Thus, this July edition opens with introductory words by Roland Edel, CTO at Siemens AG Mobility Division, a S2R Member, emphasizing the importance of intensified collaboration with competitors within the sector, passengers and European institutions made possible within Shift2Rail.

Furthermore, the new edition of the Newsletter highlights in general the progress achieved so far.

To read the Shift2Rail Newsletter, please see at

Calling young scientists: Applications open for SESAR Young Scientist Award

If you are a young scientist active in the field of air traffic management (ATM) or in general in aviation, the SESAR Young Scientist Award represents a great opportunity for you.

The SESAR Young Scientist Award 2018 (YSA 2018) aims to recognize young scientists with high potential contributing to the scientific research in the field of air traffic management and aviation. Moreover, the award also provides a mechanism for further personal development and visibility.

The winner will be announced during the SESAR Innovation Days that will take place in Salzburg on 3-7 December 2018.

The deadline to send your application is the 31st July 2018.

For further information, see at

Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2018: Commission rewards initiatives in Slovenia, France, the UK, Spain and Hungary

On 26 June 2018, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc presented the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2018 to six organizations from five Member States. The Award is aimed to contribute in improving road safety and saving lives on our roads, acknowledging inspirational and innovative initiatives under the umbrella of the European Road Safety Charter.

Awards went to the following organizations:

  • VOZIM, an association fighting reckless driving (Slovenia),
  • Association Prévention routière (France),
  • Community Speed Watch Online (United Kingdom),
  • Aigua De Rigat SA, offering water services (Spain)
  • Concello de Naron (Spain), and
  • KTI research institute (Hungary).

For more information, see at

31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

On 9-14 September 2018, Belo Horizonte (Brazil) will host the 31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2018). This is the first edition of ICAS in South America.

During the Congress, engineers, scientists, technologists, managers and leaders in aeronautics from around the world will be there to:

  • Present their work to an informed and truly global audience
  • Hear the latest developments from internationally recognized experts
  • Exchange information and opinions with colleagues from around the world
  • Develop collaborative relationships
  • Build long lasting networks with colleagues in other countries and cultures
  • See and understand the implications of technical advances throughout aviation

For further information about the event and for the registration, see at

Webinar on the funding database of ETNA2020: How to use ETNA2020 on-line tools

July 24th 2018: 10:00-10:40 CET


ETNA2020 project has launched a series of webinars with the aim to acquaint Transport NCPs, EEN advisors and interested stakeholders on how to use the on-line information tools developed by the project. This is to the benefit of clients in case of intermediaries as well as to stakeholders and beneficiaries.

About the funding map database webinar: Get acquainted with transnational funding opportunities, especially private sources, per EU country.  With minimum input, you’ll be able to seek country-specific information on transnational research (incl. but not limited to framework programmes) filtered by funding activity and related transport mode.

More information & Registration

Webinar speaker: Bogdan Cernat-Gruici | Bucharest Academy of Economic Sciences: NCP for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport, partner of the ETNA2020 Project.

Moderator: Vassiliki Kalodimou | FORTH/PRAXI Network.

Click here to register. Participants will receive the webinar link after registering.


Next webinar  European Transport Organisations. Who are they and why you should engage. September 11, 2018: Time: 13:00-14:00 CET. Host: Innovate UK

New system deployed to prevent unsafe aircraft from entering European airspace

On 14 June 2018, following the updated air safety list published by the European Commission and the general European Union’s endeavour to make European airspace as safe as possible, Eurocontrol started to deploy a new system to prevent unsafe aircraft from entering European airspace.

Thus, since November 2016, any non-European aircraft entering the Union has to have a single safety authorisation valid throughout Europe called “third country operator authorisation” or TCO.

The new safety system will have the ability to alarm the Air Traffic Controllers of all Members States that an aircraft, which does not have such an authorisation, is trying to fly to the Union.

More info on

Commission puts forward action plan to improve security of rail passengers in the EU

On 13 June 2018, the European Commission presented the new action plan aimed to improve the security of rail passengers and staff in the EU. The action plan is included within a novel framework based on new fields of cooperation and coordination.

The main objective of the plan is to prevent any possible terroristic attack targeting rail services by creating an effective cooperative environment and providing for recommendations that will help Member States in the coordination of rail security actions in an efficient way.

For further information about the action plan, please see at

Transport Council: Ministers support 3 initiatives of the Commission for clean and competitive mobility

On 7 June 2018, in Luxembourg, the European transport ministers agreed on three proposals put forward by this Commission in order to support the competitiveness and sustainability of the mobility sector. Specifically, Ministers agreed upon the following initiatives:

  • New rules aimed to safeguard competition in air transport, as part of the “Open and Connected Aviation” strategy tabled by the Commission a year ago;
  • European rules providing incentives for ships to dispose of their waste on land, rather than dumping it at sea;
  • Common specifications for a European electronic toll service.

For further information, please see at:

Transport in the European Union: Current Trends and Issues

The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission has recently produced the report “Transport in the European Union – Current Trends and Issues”.

Considering that the transport sector represents a cornerstone of the European integration process and firmly linked to of the Single Market, promoting jobs and economic growth, the Report is aimed to draw an overview of the main challenges transport is facing both at the EU-level and in Member States.

For more information and to read the entire Report, see at

EU Budget for the Future: Connecting Europe Facility

The European Commission has recently proposed a pragmatic, modern, long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period. In the field of transport investments, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) plays a leading role in delivering European added value. For this reason, the EU is continuing to invest in connectivity and in connecting Europe.

In this context, the future programme will deliver connected, smart, sustainable, inclusive, safe and secure mobility. The proposed budget for CEF Transport is €30.6 billion including a general envelope of €12.8 bn, and a cohesion fund allocation of €11.3 bn. Finally, a dedicated budget of €6.5 billion is foreseen through the Connecting Europe Facility.

For more information, see at

Webinar on Clean Sky 2 and the Call for Proposals 08

The ETNA2020 team has the pleasure to announce an upcoming webinar on Clean Sky 2  on May 30, 2018 between 11:00 – 12:30 CET.

Targeted Audience: National Contact Points of “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” and Stakeholders interested in forthcoming calls, including Enterprise Europe Network advisors of the Sector Group “Aeronautics, Space and Dual-Use Technologies”.

Aim: The overall purpose of the webinar is to help participants acquire more in-depth understanding of the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking and the relevant call for proposals. To this end, representatives of Clean Sky 2 JU will present the Clean Sky 2 current call for proposals and its principles. In addition, they will explain legal and financial modalities, rules for participation as well as offer insights into potential synergies with other funding initiatives.  Attendees will have the chance to ask questions after each presentation.

Registration: You may use the link available at ETNA website to register:

A webinar link will be sent to participants after completing their registration. Registration is closed at 2 p.m May 29 2018

More information: Ms Vassiliki Kalodimou, FORTH/PRAXI Network  (, Mr. Zbigniew Turek, IPPT PAN ( )

Link of the recorded webinar:

Presentations from the wbinar

  1. Overview of CS2
  2. Principles of CS2 call for proposal 08
  3. Legal, administrative and financial aspects
  4. Synergies with ESIF

20 June 2018: EGVIA Workshop

On 20 June 2018, Brussels will host the “EGVIA Workshop”. The Workshop will address the challenges and potential solutions for a large scale uptake of electro-mobility in Europe, focusing on the challenges of EVs integration into the grid in cities and peri-urban areas.

The workshop’s programme will consist of the following topics:

  • Electric Vehicles: challenges and opportunities for the grid
  • How to integrate electro-mobility in cities and peri-urban areas?
  • The automotive perspective: EGVI projects presentation
  • Panel discussion: how to solve the “chicken and egg” problem of the uptake of electro-mobility in Europe?

For further information and for the registration, please see at:

Europe on the Move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility

Becoming a leader in the field of innovation, digitization and decarbonbisation is the goal the President Junker set out for the EU in 2017. Thus, on 17 May 2018, following the previous “Europe on the Move” of May and November 2017, the Juncker Commission has established a third and final set of measures to reach the aforementioned goal.

The major aim in this context is to allow all European citizens to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions. Thus, the third set of measures consists of:

  • an integrated policy for the future of road safety with measures for vehicles and infrastructure safety;
  • the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles;
  • a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe;
  • a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility.

With this third “Europe on the Move”, the European Commission is accomplishing its ambitious agenda for the mobility modernization.

For further information, see at:


€450 million available to support key European transport projects

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission launched the 2018 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for project proposals that opens co-financing possibilities for projects supporting the policy orientations of the Third Clean Mobility Package – transport digitalisation, road safety and multimodality.

The dealine is on 24 October 2018 and the indicative budget is about €450 million. In order to provide more detailed information about the call, a virtual information day will take place on 31 May 2018.

For further information, see at

8th SESAR Innovation Days: Call for contribution

On 3-7 December 2018, the University of Salzburg (Austria) will host the 8th edition of the SESAR Innovation Days.

The SESAR Innovation Days represent the main instrument to share progress and disseminate results of its exploratory research programme. Unlike other scientific events in Air Traffic Management (ATM) research, the SESAR Innovation Days focus explicitly on exploratory research.

In this context, Researchers from universities, research institutions, airlines, air traffic service providers and industry are invited to submit papers (up to 8 pages) presenting exploratory research within the following areas:

  • Safety and security in a highly automated environment
  • Automation, robotics and autonomy
  • Human factors and decision support tools
  • Designing resilient ATM systems
  • Uncertainty, applied modelling and optimization techniques
  • Communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) technical enablers
  • Complexity, data science and information management
  • Application of economics to facilitate a paradigm shift in ATM
  • Enabling change, including legal and regulatory aspects and the ATM innovation process
  • Innovative approaches in environment and meteorology
  • Remotely-piloted aerial systems
  • ATM operations, architecture and performance
  • Optimized ATM network management
  • High performing airport operations
  • Advanced air traffic services

The deadline for the contribution submission is the 28th September 2018.

Further information on

Meet new Business Partners & expand your Research & Innovation Network in the Maritime Sector

Meet new Business Partners & expand your Research & Innovation Network in the Maritime Sector

MariMatch at Posidonia 2018 | B2B Networking Event

Where & When: Athens, 6-7 June 2018

MariMatch 2018 is a forum for companies as well as Research & Innovation stakeholders from the maritime sector that are looking to initiate or expand their International network for business, technological cooperation or research partnerships at the leading international fair Posidonia 2018. The event is supported by ETNA2020 and it is being organized by the National Documentation Centre – coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas – and co-organised by the Athens Chamber of SME’s (ACSMI), the Materials Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre S.A. (MIRTEC) and the Sector Group Maritime Industries & Services of the Enterprise Europe Network.

Who should attend?

The event is targeted at companies, clusters, International decision-makers as well as Research & Innovation stakeholders from the maritime sector looking to cooperate in the following areas:

  • Shipbuilding, repair & conversion
  • Shipyard technologies and equipment
  • Green shipping
  • Electronics, communication & navigation
  • Mechanical and Auxiliary systems
  • Transport logistics / Ports
  • Maritime services
  • Maritime safety & special equipment
  • Maritime security
  • Marine Research, Development & Innovation
  • Marine bio-economy

Why participate?

MariMatch at Posidonia 2018 is a unique opportunity to establish new cross-border contacts and a very effective International forum to meet potential business partners and explore all kinds of cooperation possibilities. It offers:

  • Added value to your trade fair participation
  • Access to a wide variety of relevant SMEs, OEMs, suppliers and Research & Innovation stakeholders such as techno starters, academia and research institutes
  • Selection and confirmation of face-to-face meetings in advance via an online catalogue
  • Focused 30-minute meetings

How to participate?

  • Interested companies & organisations are invited to register no later than June 1 2018 by submitting their profile via the website
  • B2B meetings will take place at HALL 2/STAND 2.561

o             Wednesday, 6 June 2018: Bilateral meetings (11:00 – 18:00)

o             Thursday, 7 June 2018: Bilateral meetings (11:00 – 18:00)

  • The communication during meetings will be held in English.
  • Participation in the event is free of charge.


  • 1 June 2018: Registration and submission of cooperation profile(s)
  • 1 May – 1June 2018: Selection and scheduling of B2B meetings through the online platform

The earlier you submit your collaboration profile the more publicity it will get.


The MariMatch 2018 brokerage forum is being held during the International Shipping Exhibition Posidonia 2018 at the Metropolitan Expo Exhibition Centre located within the Athens International Airport complex


The MariMatch 2018 brokerage forum will take place at STAND 2.561 / HALL 2

(2018 Exhibition Floor plan at )

Contact details

Cristina Pascual & Fani Lamprianidou


/ Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas

Add: 48, Vas. Konstantinou Avenue, 11635 Athens

Tel: (+30) 210 7273920 / 933

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The 7th issue of the ETNA2020 newsletter has been published and is now available!

Check it out to know more about:

  • the ETNA2020 activities foreseen for the next months,
  • updates about the transport field within Horizon 2020,
  • news about the transport related policies and funding opportunities,
  • upcoming events in Europe and abroad.

The pdf version of the current newsletter, and of all the previous editions, is downloadable for free in the “Toolbox” section of the website.

Commissioners Bulc and Arias Cañete welcome the IMO agreement on CO2 reductions in the maritime sector

On 13th of April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached the agreement on an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

In this context, Violeta Bulc – Commissioner for Transport – and the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete issued the following statement:

The agreement reached today at the IMO is a significant step forward in the global efforts to tackle climate change. The shipping sector must contribute its fair share to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

It contains a clear GHG emission reduction objective of at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels, with a view to phase out the GHG emissions of the sector as soon as possible in this century. It is also accompanied by a comprehensive list of possible reduction measures, including short-term measures. While the EU had sought a higher level of ambition, this is a good starting point that will allow for further review and improvements over time.

The EU and its Member States played an instrumental role in brokering and securing this deal with our international partners. This is another example of the EU becoming a stronger global actor to spur strong and credible climate action.

For this initial strategy to succeed, it is now crucial that effective reduction measures are swiftly adopted and put in place before 2023. Preparations on longer term actions should also begin.

The EU is committed to continue playing an active role and pursue strong and credible global action on shipping emissions. We will continue to engage with all international partners, as we did this week in IMO.”

For further information, see at:

E²Tech4Cities 2018 – Energy & Efficiency Technologies for Cities brokerage and pitching event

During the EU Sustainable Energy Week and the Brussels Exporters Day Find your next research, technology or financial partner!

E²Tech4Cities 2018 – Energy & Efficiency Technologies for Cities is back with a 4th editon of its highly visible brokerage event organized by Enterprise Europe Brussels and the support of NCPs network  ETNA2020.

Also this year, the B2B event will be hosted by (fomer at the occasion of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 #EUSEW2018 and the Brussels Exporters day

Apply for the Pitching session (Deadline 30th of April 2018)

Tag us ! Follow us !

#e2tech18 #brusselsexportersday @EuropeBrux @ETNA2020network

When & Where

Date: 7th of June 2018 (9:30 to 17:00)

as a back-to-back event during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

Venue: Hotel Le Plaza (Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126, 1000 Bruxelles)

For whom

  • Private companies (including Start-ups SMEs and large companies),
  • Public authorities and municipalities
  • Industry associations
  • Universities and research centers
  • Investors and Business Angels

What’s in for you as a potential participant?

  • Find & meet your next research & technology partner @ E² Tech4Cities Brokerage event
  • Take the chance to meet potential investors to develop your project idea
  • Pave the way to long-term technological, R&DI collaborations based on tech transfer, innovation and research activities, to develop and market sustainable and efficient solutions for cities, in line with your business development strategy
  • Participate in the matchmaking event & follow the presentations, workshops, exhibitions held during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) since the brokerage is near the heart of the European District.

Focus and main areas topics

  • Energy-efficient Buildings and districts
  • Smart mobility and logistics
  • ICT for cities, Smart cities and communities
  • European Research and Innovation opportunities under Horizon 2020
  • Energy management & recovery
  • Bio-based solution for urban districts
  • Smart and healthy living

The event is free of charge but registration is mandatory REGISTER HERE

Join us in Brussels !!!

For further information please contact Elena Angiolini

SIMPLA Project launches a dense agenda of webinars

On 11 April 2018, the Project SIMPLA – funded by Horizon2020 and coordinated by Area Science Park (Trieste, Italy) with the aim to support 12 municipalities in the harmonization process of mobility and energy urban plans – starts a series of interesting webinars that will end on June 7 2018.

For more information about SIMPLA:

For more information about the webinars and SIMPLA activities:

16-18 May 2018: EU EIP Member States Supervisory Assembly 2018 – Workshop on ITS Roadmap Brussels – Belgium

On 17-18 May 2018, it will take place the Platform Member States Supervision Assembly. In conjunction with this event, on 16 May 2018 it has been organized a Workshop in order to facilitate the development of road ITS deployment plans connected to CEF corridors.

The workshop is aimed to address the following topics: the measures supporting a corridor perspective in ITS deployment; incentives and other drivers, and which ITS service packages that are supporting a corridor perspective.

Both the events will be hosted by Brussels (Belgium).

For more information about the Workshop, please contact

For more information about the Platform Member States Supervision Assembly:

11-12 June 2018, Ispra: 2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018)

On 11-12 June 2018, Ispra (Italy) will host the 2nd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems (MFTS2018) at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) premises.

During the event, representatives of policy, industry and science will have the possibility to discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management.

The aim of the Symposium is to find answers to the following issues:

  • How to address challenges of current and future traffic management;
  • How connectivity and automation can support an enhanced traffic management in the future;
  • Options for a future enhanced traffic management: centralized vs. decentralized.

For further information, see at

23 April 2018, Brussels: Stakeholder Workshop Evaluation of the ITS Directive

On 23 April 2018, Brussels will host an ad hoc Workshop for stakeholders about the Evaluation of the ITS Directive.

Thus, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) apply Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transport. In this field, the ITS Directive creates a framework supporting the coordinated and coherent development and use of Intelligent Transport Systems within the European Union.

In order to assess to which extent the ITS directive contributed to the faster and more coordinated deployment of ITS, it is established an Evaluation, aimed to understand if the Directive needs improvements or not.

The aforementioned Workshop is designed for the stakeholders providing for an opportunity to present and discuss the preliminary findings of the evaluation with experts and other stakeholders.

The deadline for the registration is the 6th of April 2018.

For further information, see at

Transport Research and Innovation Achievements Report 2017

On 22 March 2018, it has been published the 2017 edition of the “Transport R&I Achievements Report”.

The Report provides for an overview on the successfully completed European transport projects, highlighting their capacity to address key policy objectives of the European Union and to turn their outcomes into economic value. Furthermore, one of the main focus is placed on their positive impacts on the quality of life of European citizens.

The report also shows how Transport R&I at the European level is able to contribute in the addressing of major societal challenges by providing for a list of the partners involved within the projects and their most relevant achievements.

For further information, see at

Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda take home European sustainable mobility awards

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) during a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium).

In the context of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017, Vienna was named the winner among the large municipalities, while Igoumenitsa was chosen as the winner of the newly added EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK category for smaller municipalities (below 50,000 inhabitants).

The winner of the 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) is Turda (Romania).

During the ceremony, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “My congratulations to each of the award winners. Through their actions, Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda are creating a more sustainable Europe. They also help their residents to move around in a cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable way. It is my hope that these cities will inspire others to embrace the core message of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK – sustainable mobility is the right choice for everyone.”

Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will each receive a promotional video highlighting their achievements.

For more information about the Awards, see at

Clean Sky 2: the eight Call for Proposals will be soon launched

The eighth Clean Sky Call for Proposals (CfP08) is expected to be launched mid-April 2018 through the European Commission’s H2020 Participant Portal.

Nowadays, a first version of topics’ list and topics’ description is available within the Clean Sky 2 website, in order to collect a series of preliminary information.

The document contained within the website represents a useful way to acquire this kind of information because it contains the main rules for the participation and the indicative budgets. Furthermore, it is aimed to explain any topic in details.

Moreover, Clean Sky will organize a tailored Info Day and it will established a period when it will be possible to send answers directly to the JU through the dedicated Call functional mailbox.

For more information about the Call see at

Stay updated with the Clean Sky website:

M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2018 is open

On 13 March 2018, the M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2018 has been launched. 33 funding agencies from 24 countries participate to the Call providing for a total budget of more than € 23 Million.

The main objective of the Call is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects in the field of materials research and innovation activities including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies.

The Call 2018 includes these thematic areas:

  • Multiscale modeling for materials engineering and processing (M3EP)
  • Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
  • High performance composites
  • Functional materials
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies health applications
  • Materials for additive manufacturing

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 12 June 2018.

For further information about the Call, visit the following website:

International Ministerial Conference “Connecting by Inland Navigation”

International Conference on Inland Water Transport in Wroclaw, Poland, on 18 – 19 April 2018, organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland.

The aim of the conference is to bring together high-level representatives of international institutions, leaders and decision makers involved in the development of transport and to draw their attention to the need to develop the inland waterway transport sector. The International Conference on Inland Water Transport is also aimed at increasing the focus of policy on fostering the role of inland water transport, encouraging countries to maximize the potential of inland waterways and addressing the challenges of sustainable development of mobility with reference to inland water transport. The assemblage of international community representatives is going to constitute an occasion to build up their awareness of issues related to inland water transport both in and outside of Europe. One of the main objectives of the conference is to enhance both the European and the international perception of the opportunities offered by inland waterway transport. Debates and sessions will focus on the development of key infrastructure for the improvement of navigation, digitalization and data exchange, as well as ecology, education and other crucial issues of the sector.

For more information at the web site of this event:

ETNA2020 Brokerage Event and InCo Workshop @ TRA2018

From the 16th to the 19th April 2018 the TRA 2018 ( will take place in Vienna. The event, covering all modes of transport: Road, Rail, Waterborne, Aviation, Cross-modal, ecc., will include a broad spectrum of research and innovation activities, which will range from basic research to application-oriented engineering, social, technical and economic aspects, as well as policies and standards. In the context of TRA2018, ETNA2020 in cooperation with Enterprise Europe Network organises a 3-day Brokerage Event (17-18-19 April 2018) and a Workshop on International cooperation (18 April 2018, agenda) where the mechanisms of the Inco-flagship twinning in H2020 projects will be discussed.

During the BE, organisations looking for partners for the calls 2019 of the Transport Work Programme will have the opportunity to present themselves and their project ideas in 2 different ways:

  1. In the form of a brief oral presentation (10 minutes max.), using templates specially designed for this purpose.
  2. By participating in bilateral meetings (max. 20 minutes).

Interested participants have the chance to register until the 27th March 2018. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START WORKING ON H2020 PROPOSALS!

For further details and for registration (open until 27th March):

ATTENTION: Registration to TRA Conference 2018 is a pre-requisite for participation in the ETNA2020 BE.

European Commission announces sustainable mobility award nominees

The European Commission recently revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP).

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award is appointed to local authorities demonstrating their efforts in the field of the promotion of sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award honors outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning.

The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 are:

  • Granada (Spain)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Vienna (Austria)

Furthermore, for the first time, a category for towns and cities with under 50,000 inhabitants has been included as part of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. Thus, the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 finalists for municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants are:

  • Igoumenitsa (Greece)
  • Lindau (Germany)
  • Tivat (Montenegro)

However, the finalists of the 6th SUMP Award are:

  • Greater Manchester (United Kingdom)
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Turda (Romania)

An impartial panel of mobility and transport experts has selected these cities and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 March 2018.

For further information about the Awards and the finalists, see at

AFLoNext project final conference at ILA Berlin 2018

Title: AFLoNext project final conference at ILA Berlin 2018

Date and time slot:

Thursday 26 April 2018 from 14:00 to 18:00

Friday 27 April 2018 from 9:00 to 13:00

Venue: Berlin ExpoCenter Airport

Conference room: ALFA (capacity 200 seats)

The partners of the AFLoNext project are organising a final conference at ILA Berlin 2018. The event aims to offer a forum for presentation of the final results of AFLoNext to wider public.

The main objective of this five-year collaborative project involving 40 entities from 15 countries was to prove and mature highly promising flow control technologies for novel aircraft configurations.

The conference will bring together international delegates from industrial, research and academic institutions. You can find the programme of the conference at the ILA website (under Aviation and/or Research and Development):

Thursday 26 April:

Friday 27 April:

For any question about the event you can contact Dominika Behrendt, L-UP contact by e-mail

AFLoNext has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013, under grant agreement n° 604013.

Connecting Europe Facility on track to deliver results

On 13 February 2018, the European Commission adopted the report about the mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

CEF is a fundamental European funding tool aimed to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at the EU level.

The evaluation highlighted the great performance of CEF in relation to its objectives and what has been achieved so far. Furthermore, the report identified the key role of CEF as creator of added-value in particular for the completion of the TEN-T core network by 2030 and for the low-emission mobility ambition.

For further information about the Report, see at

For CEF open calls:

The European-Pacific Partnership for ICT collaboration in research and development

The European-Pacific Partnership for ICT collaboration in research, development and innovation (“EPIC”) aims to strengthen the ties between Australia, Singapore and New Zealand through academic, industrial, and political partnerships. Thus, these countries traditionally represent strong economic partners for Europe.

In this field, EPIC is looking to increase Research Collaboration between Singapore and the EU in ICT and related- including transport and for this reason, it has realized a network of researchers in Singapore that are interested in cooperating with EU projects and having an expertise in Autonomous Road Transport.

The DT-ART-01/02-2018 call is especially interesting as it specifically mentions participation from Singapore.

If you are interested in including a Singaporean entity in your proposal- EPIC can help you to find the right partner in Singapore!

For more information: or contact:

27 April 2018: The first Horizon 2020 international Brokerage Event dedicated to the Space, Environment and Transport communities

On 27 April 2018, Paris will host the first Horizon2020 international Brokerage Event dedicated to the Space, Environment and Transport communities.

The event is organized by Space, Environment and Transport NCPs, the French clusters ASTech Paris Region and Mov’eo and Enterprise Europe Network.

The Brokerage Event represents an opportunity to present your project in front of an international audience (pitches), to meet future partners and start building your consortium (B2B) and finally to get the latest information from the European Commission.

In addition, a free workshop “How to write a good proposal” is organized on 26 April 2018.

For further information and for the registration:

EC Report “Batteries, a major opportunity for a sustainable society”

In the context of the European on-going transformation toward an efficient low-emission transport and a sustainable energy economy, the DG Research and Innovation (on behalf of the European Commission) has realized the Report “Batteries, a major opportunity for a sustainable society”.

Batteries have a relevant role in the field of energy storage. This is the reason why the EC always continues to foster battery research and innovation.

Thus, increasing the deployment of batteries in the transport and energy sectors may contribute to achieve the EU’s environmental and socioeconomic policy goals of decarbonisation, improving air quality and increasing industry’s competitiveness.

The Report, in order to analyze the role of batteries in the field of both transport and energy systems, is mainly focused  on three focus areas:

  • the transformation towards low-emission transport;
  • the production and storage of electricity from renewable energy sources;
  • the establishment of a sustainable and efficient value chain for batteries.

To read the Report visit the following page:

Calling urban mobility and manufacturing innovators: competition for new EIT innovation communities launched

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has recently launched a competition for new Innovation Communities in the areas of urban mobility (EIT Urban Mobility) and added value manufacturing (EIT Manufacturing).

The winners will have the possibility to join Europe’s largest innovation community in order to bring solutions to European citizens.

The proposals should be submitted by partners from business, higher education and research institutes with the aim to tackle societal challenges by developing innovative products, tools and services.

This competition is open until July 2018 and the winners will be announced in December 2018.

In this field, the EIT has organized an Info Day on 13th February 2018 in Brussels.

For more information see at:

For the Info Day registration:

ETNA2020 together with Enterprise Europe network for the promotion of the 3rd Edition of Drone Days in Brussels, registrations are open!

Teaser: ETNA 2020 as support partner invites you to take part in the 3rd edition of the DroneDays B2B event.


Enterprise Europe Brussels c/o, in collaboration with DroneDays Expo and Enterprise Europe Network is the main organizer of the B2B session with the opportunity to apply for a pitch, Drone days event includes also Exhibition area & Drone Demos

When?  9 Mar 2018 – 10 Mar 2018 in Brussels, Belgium


3 NEW REASONS to COME this year :
DUAL USE DRONE TECHNOLOGIES (coming soon) transfer from defense drone techs to civil application domains

Civil and commercial use of drones (known as well as RPAS or UAV) has endless application’s domains, ranging from Transport to Inspection of Power Grids or Wind and Solar parks inspections, from Environment, agriculture, forestry to Inspection or monitoring of plants, pipelines to Buildings and civil engineer works, from Security, emergency response, safety, humanitarian sector / Law enforcement / Public authorities to Architecture / Cinematography, photography, aerial imaging / Parcel delivery / Corporate-marketing promotion / Tourism / Sport / Healthcare…


This year again, DroneDays Matchmaking event will provide its participants with an amazing package of opportunities to develop business at international level ! Figures & videos from past editions: here!


For  further details please contact Elena Angiolini as NCP transport representative for this event.

Business beyond borders at FIDAE 2018: International Matchmaking Event

On 3-5 April 2018, the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) will host an International Matchmaking event aimed to provide a quick and easy way for companies and clusters from the aerospace, defense and security sectors to meet potential business and cooperation partners as well as to operate internationally.

FIDAE is the most important aerospace, defense and security exhibition in Latin America and a prime business platform in the region, indeed it will host more than 550 companies from 60 different countries.

This event will be addressed to defense companies, aircraft builders, information technologies companies, space tech companies, research centers and civil authorities.

Specifically, the Matchmaking event will be an opportunity to be part of B2B and C2C meetings, international conferences with key speakers, and to take advantage of professional assistance and post-event assistance to create effective partnerships.

To register for this event and for further information please check the official website:

Shift2Rail JU Info Day & Matchmaking

On 12 December 2017, in Brussels, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) will organize the “Shift2Rail JU Info Day & Matchmaking”.

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) is a long-term public-private partnership for supporting and pooling transnational research collaboration in the railway sector, so the event represents a great chance to inform the participants about the novel EU funding opportunities in the field of rail systems technology. Furthermore, during the Matchmaking event it will be possible to meet potential project partners, with the view of exchanging information to stimulate networking and consortia building.


For the Info Day registration:

For the Matchmaking Day registration:


The next Shift2Rail call will be published soon on the official website

UK participants under Horizon 2020

The European Commission recently published a note on the eligibility of UK participants under Horizon 2020 referring to the existing terms and conditions of the EU research and innovation framework programme agreements:

“Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to fully participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions. Please be aware however that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement.”

However, the termination of projects is not automatic or obligatory. Even if UK partners cannot continue to receive funding from the European Commission because the UK is no longer one of the countries eligible for funding, the UK Government has guaranteed funding for successful bids submitted by UK participants before departure, including those that are successful afterwards. Third country (non EU) participation is routine in Horizon 2020 and often supported with national funding (i.e. China, Korea, Brazil, USA, etc.).

Finally, in a speech, Commissioner Moedas recently reasserted that “Horizon 2020projects will continue to be evaluated based on merit and not on nationality. So I urge the European scientific community to continue to choose their project partners on the basis of excellence.”. This is in line with European Commission guidance for evaluators of Horizon 2020 proposals which states that “experts should not evaluate proposals with UK participants any differently than before”.

If you have further questions regarding UK participation in Horizon 2020, please contact the relevant UK National Contact Point (NCP).”

Italy-South Africa matchmaking event on Aerospace

On 4th– 5th of December 2017, the Italian Embassy in South Africa will organize the “Italy-South Africa matchmaking event on Aerospace” in cooperation with the National Aerospace Centre (NAC), the Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Association of South Africa (CAMASA), the Gauteng Growth and development Agency (GGDA) and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE).

The event is open to Italian and South African stakeholders in the context of aerospace research, technology and industry (such as Private Sector, Universities and Research Institutes, Industry Associations, Innovators, SMMEs, Public Authorities and Policy Makers).

The topics addressed will be Aerospace Industry Clustering, Space Technologies and Projects, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, Mega Aerospace Projects.

The matchmaking event will be hosted by the International Convention Centre (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa and it is free of charge.

Furthermore, the registration is compulsory and it will be open until November 17th, 2017.

For the registration form see at

For more information contact:

Registrations are open for Horizon 2020 Transport info day and brokerage!

The European Commission services responsible for transport research, Directorates-General Research & Innovation (RTD), Mobility and Transport (MOVE) and Connect (CNECT), as well as the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) – will organise the information day to present the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 in the area of transport research and innovation on the 13 December 2017 in Bruxelles.

Registration for the info day is compulsory and free of charge. Please note that due to a limited number of seats available only one representative per organisation will be registered. We encourage you to register early in order to secure your seat:


The event will be streamed in real time, and the webstreaming link will be available about 48 hours before the event.

On the same day (13 December 2017) in the afternoon ETNA 2020 will organize a networking and brokerage event. Please register separately for the brokerage event via the following link: Registration to both the Infoday and the Brokerage Eventi is mandatory if you want to take part in the latter.

Follow for more info, networking and partner search!

How to participate in H2020 Transport projects? – 4th Training for Stakeholders – Ljubljana (SL) – 8 November 2017

Etna2020 in partnership with the Slovenian transport NCP is organizing the fourth training to beginners and those who have not succeeded so far applying for grants within “Smart, green and integrated transport” of H2020.

The training is organized in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 8th of November 2017 following the “Transport and Research in the Danube region

This is a unique opportunity to get help and inspiration in the competitive business of drafting H2020 proposals. The interventions will be done by experienced project managers, as well as expert evaluator. There will also be a testimony from a successful project coordinator. See the agenda

If you wish to participate, please register by the 5th of November 2017. As the number of attendees is limited, participants will be served on a first come, first served basis.

The presentations from the training are available at –

The registration is available on the event website.

The event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

For any issues related to the training, do not hesitate to contact

Horizon 2020 Coordinators’ Day

On  the 20th November 2017, the European Commission is organizing the “Horizon 2020 Coordinators’ Day”, dedicated to all the coordinators of existing grants.

The event is aimed to provide the most important  information and details about the preparation of grant agreements and reports.

The Coordinators’ Day is not only open to coordinators, but also other participants are welcome, according to the availability of seats.

The event will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00h.

For the registration see:

The 5th issue of the ETNA2020 newsletter has been published and is now available!

Check it out to know more about:

  • the ETNA2020 activities foreseen for the next months,
  • updates about the transport field within Horizon 2020,
  • news about the transport related policies and funding opportunities,
  • upcoming events in Europe and abroad.

The pdf version of the current newsletter, and of all the previous editions, is downloadable for free in the “Toolbox” section of the website.”