The FUTRE project is co-financed by
European Commission Directorate
General for Research & Innovation
as part of the 7th Framework Programme

Project Background

The transport sector is of utmost importance for economic growth and the quality of life in European countries. It is widely acknowledged, that innovations and targeted research activities are key factors for fostering the global competitiveness of the transport sector. Innovation and related research agendas are targeted on the future, on challenges, market drivers and technologies that become effective in the future. Therefore, the design of research agendas needs to take into account potential future developments and challenges. In particular in the transport sector, a long term perspective is crucial due to the implications of present decisions on future performance.

Against this background, the main objective of the project at hand is to assess the effect of future challenges, demand drivers and upcoming innovations on the competitiveness of the European transport sector as a basis for developing strategic options for transport-related research activities. The project will highlight which future challenges and demand drivers can have a considerable impact on the global demand patterns in the passenger and the freight sector and how this might affect the competitiveness of related industries and service providers. In doing so, it aims at bridging the gap between the manifold studies on the future of the European transport system and its subsections on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the issue of competitiveness, which needs to be supported by targeted research strategies.