VTI investing time and effort into Horizon Europe

The EU’s new framework programme, Horizon Europe, is in full swing, and VTI is part of the Cooperative, connected and automated mobility partnership (CCAM).

Horizon Europe is an impressive research programme that was initiated in 2021 and will run until 2027. It has a budget of over 95 billion Euros.
Ingrid Skogsmo, Senior Research Leader for future transport systems is VTI’s link to Horizon Europe. She monitors parts of the programme and is also involved in shaping its content.
“The fact that VTI is part of this and can influence what will be on the European research agenda is fantastic. It increases the opportunities that topics of high interest to our researchers are included in in EU calls for funding” says Ingrid Skogsmo.

Collaboration in partnerships

The EU Commission has decided that a large portion of the work included in Horizon Europe will take place in partnerships. VTI is currently deeply involved in the CCAM partnership, and additionally follows two other partnerships.
“Around 180 actors are represented in CCAM. They come from industry, academia, research organisations such as VTI, the insurance industry, public authorities, cities, and so on. This is a broad partnership, and it is continuing to grow. There is an executive management team and a management group which I am part of,” explains Ingrid Skogsmo.
CCAM is divided into seven areas or “clusters”.
“I am in charge of cluster six that addresses ‘societal aspects and user needs’. In addition, VTI has a contact person for each of the other clusters. As a research institution, VTI is investing a great deal of time and effort into this,” Ingrid Skogsmo emphasises.

Increased focus

Initially, CCAM focused mainly on automated cars, however the scope has expanded over time. Perhaps this is the result of the different stakeholders; industry, research, and society, realising that automated vehicles are not as simple as was originally thought. Things have not developed as quickly as many people predicted a few years ago. Now, the CCAM perspective has widened into discussions about smart mobility.
“And, fortunately enough, there is increasing focus on how both people and society will really benefit from CCAM,” says Ingrid Skogsmo.
VTI also has a foot in two other partnerships, 2ZERO and ZEWT. 2ZERO looks at emissions and electrification of road traffic, and ZEWT focuses on smart, competitive energy solutions for zero emissions in waterborne transport.
“The research agenda is clearly influenced by the Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ that highlights the necessity to significantly reduce greenhouse gases, especially in the transport sector”.

Text: Catarina Gisby/redakta
Translated by: Semantix AB