Applications open for the European transport innovation challenge

03 May 2017 | Network Updates
All it takes to win is to describe in less than 1,500 words how mobility in Europe could be cleaner and more efficient. Send your vision by 7 May.

The European Transport Innovation Challenge is a new recognition award offered by the European Commission to young transport innovators for the first time this year.

The Commission invites them to come up with creative solutions for goods and services that will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in transport. This can be the result of research, but it does not need to be. It can be in any transport mode, and in many different sectors linked to transport, such as solutions in healthcare, retail or food sectors. The key word is innovation.

Up to 12 young innovators aged 18-35 will be rewarded with a trip to Strasbourg for the ITS Congress and Exhibition in June. In addition to receiving free travel and accommodation, and having the opportunity to network with leaders in the world of intelligent transport in Europe, the winners will receive personalised coaching at a dedicated mentoring workshop before the Congress begins.

The EU is committed to cutting CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050. With transportation accounting for one quarter of CO2 emissions, there is a need to radically transform the way people and goods are transported. This Challenge will help move the EU along the path of decarbonisation and sustainable growth.


To participate you just need a good idea for a product or service that will contribute to one of the following key European goals for transport: better mobility, better access to mobility, less pollution, less congestion, or more safety and security.

Both individuals (including those working for administrations and transport providers) and SMEs are eligible.

Who can apply?

The idea can come from a person, a team, a company (providing it is an SME) or any other type of legal entity anywhere in the European Union. In order to encourage young innovators, the person who attends the ITS European Congress must be under 35.

The deadline for applications is extended to 7 May 2017, 23:59h (CET).

Any questions? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions

Read carefully the rules and criteria before applying.

Apply here.

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