Does Money Spent on Transport Research Achieve Anything? Developing an Evidence Base to Secure Future Funding for European Transport Research

Research is critical in tackling the changing demands of Europe‟s transport systems as transport agencies seek to respond to economic, environmental, social and demographic pressures. However, transport research competes for funding with many other important social and scientific areas and therefore, it must be able to address policy objectives that the national administrations and major international bodies such as the European Commission prioritize. The need to demonstrate the effectiveness of previous rounds of research funding in order to secure continuing support is a recurring problem, shared by policy makers and researchers alike. The problem is particularly challenging in many parts of the transport sector because the time lag between when research results emerge and identifiable effects occurring can be long, and because direct causality linking a given research finding and an identified consequence relevant to policy objectives is often hard to establish. This paper reports a piece of research, SITPRO Plus, which seeks to provide European Commission officials with a rigorous and structured procedure for evidencing the impact of transport projects funded under the fifth and sixth Framework Programs (FP5 and FP6). SITPRO Plus is itself an FP7 project.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference, 2010 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01350434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2011 1:43PM