Work Package 4

Comparative studies Based on the analysis of the databases and the identification of common research themes from WP1, this workpackage will select a maximum of 4 case studies from each of the 4 Transport Modes, analyse and assess their impact and provide recommendations for future collaborative projects.

Task 4.1 -Setting up the Methodology

Phase A: Tools and Guidelines to identify relevant projects for each transport mode.  The objective of the phase is to help find and select projects with similar themes worldwide through the list of most relevant players and innovation clusters in the transport sector. This is an activity that will be performed in connection with WP1, Task 1.3.

Phase B: provide with precise evaluation criteria to characterize the research landscape and relative players.  A number of characteristics will be captured for each of the projects in the sample.

Task 4.2 – Market uptake Transport Research Results

This analysis combining the mode results into a transport research position should be made in the light of barriers (real and perceived) and drivers to market uptake of individual modes and general transport research results (modal comparison) and opportunity costs for innovative actors in Europe, US, Australia and Japan.

• Geographical distribution
• Types of partners (roles, sizes and profiles)
• Trends in different transport sectors
• Global links
• Innovative active partners of innovative actors and regions in Europe (e.g. knowledge and innovation clusters, poles of attraction for research and innovation).

Task 4.3 – Transport Research Funding Instruments

This task will assess by mode and for transport in general the research-funding instruments available to research actors and identifying innovative economic and financial instruments. Funding barriers and drivers to transport research participation will be identified particularly in relation to weaker financial participants.

The task will survey the transport research funding schemes in the EU, US, Australia and Japan through a questionnaire. The survey will take into account not just funding through national agencies but also regional and industrial funding schemes. The questionnaire will be integrated into the questionnaire developed in WP 3.  Cooperation and networking among stakeholders – both “buyers” and “sellers” of research – will also be analysed. If suitable data are obtained (for instance from Task 4.1) an attempt will be made to assess links between funding schemes and market uptake of research results. The task will pay special attention to how funding schemes affect research actors with various backgrounds and what their “success rates” in obtaining funding are.

Special attention will also be paid to how cultural, language and other “hidden” barriers affect the possibility to obtain research funding. Some Member States and some organisations with long traditions and experience of successful funding should be able to disseminate their experience to others.