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Study of the Impacts of the Transport RTD Projects in FP5 and FP6 (SITPRO Plus)
Start date: 01 Oct 2008, End date: 30 Sep 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main objectives of the SITPRO Plus project are to use the results and findings from FP5 and FP6 projects in the transport programme to contribute to a. the definition of new research policy objectives and b. intermediate performance targets for FP7. Regarding the first objective, in the context of European transport research, policy objectives are determined by several factors; the specific objectives of the Common Transport Policy (CTP), the broader objectives of other Community policies and the development of the European Research Area (ERA). On the basis of those objectives a research agenda is drawn up which in turn determines the content of the transport research programme and the specific research projects. For achieving the second project objective, i.e. to set out performance targets for FP7, SITPRO Plus is developing a methodology to assess and evaluate transport research projects supported in FP5 and FP6 based on an ‘objectives–led’ approach. The types of impacts are ultimately being measured against the following objectives originally set out in the call for proposals: “Strengthening industrial competitiveness of the European industry by identifying the potential user sector(s), the type of impact (new/ improved process technologies/ products/ services etc., environmental, cost, performance improvements etc.) and mechanisms for disseminating and promoting uptake of the research; Contributing to sustainable development and addressing societal problems in terms of generating new knowledge relevant to social, environmental and economic issues; Improving Community and public policies by disseminating knowledge generated and engaging the target users (policy makers at regional/ national/ EC/ international)”.The aim of the SITPRO Plus project to analyse the research results in a way that is directly useful for providing a feedback loop to the definition of new research objectives as well as giving input to the development of the Common Transport Policy and the European Research Area.SITPRO Plus is part of a cluster of five projects in the 7th Framework Programme. The projects are closely related and SITPRO Plus seeks to coordinate its work with the other four projects.
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