About TRA VISIONS 2018


The concept of TRA VISIONS project is to organize two competitions for transport research awards to be announced at the TRA conference in 2018:

an academic student competition with the goal of stimulating the interest among young researchers and students in the field of sustainable surface transport.

a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects.

Both competitions cover all surface transport modes (road, rail, waterborne and cross modality) in line with the EC policy objectives for smart, green and integrated transport. The S&T objectives are to nurture the best transport researchers in Europe, promote the alignment of their interests with those of transport stakeholders, encourage them to participate in the conference and celebrate their achievements. The process is two-way: students are inspired by the presentations at the main conference and mature researchers are inspired by the research and vision of the young.


The objectives of the TRA VISIONS 2018 project are:

  • to make the TRA conference the premier series in its field in the world by stimulating the participation of university students as well as young and senior transport researchers in the TRA 2016 conference;
  • to build a vibrant community of transport innovators and researchers in Europe thus fostering the interaction between specialists working in different modes;
  • to promote an inter-disciplinary approach, linking basic science, socio-economics and applied sciences/engineering;
  • to identify the top performing university students in all modes of surface transportation and the champions of transport research in the EU funded projects by means of a precise evaluation process and acknowledge their achievements;
  • to disseminate knowledge and project findings with the final aim to develop innovative solutions for transport in Europe.

TRA VISIONS 2018 project is to continue and build on the success of the H2020 funded TRAVISIONS 2016, the FP7 funded TRAVISIONS 2014, FP7 funded Young European Arena of Research (YEAR) competitions that took place at TRA in 2008, 2010 and 2012, as well as the VISIONS (FP6) and VISIONS OLYMPICS (FP7) competitions. Together those competitions captured the imaginations of more than 1.500 students around Europe. TRAVISIONS 2014 and 2016 aimed to develop this impact even further by extending the awards to include a new competition for senior researchers to acknowledge excellence in transport research projects.


The expected strategic impact of TRAVISIONS 2016 includes:

  • stimulate young researchers and students to submit their research work to the competition and attract them to transport related studies.
  • Support the TRA conference, which is considered as the first Transport research conference in Europe, with a successful and high-quality scientific competition and with strong and high level media coverage.
  • Encourage partners from EU-funded projects to further develop innovative ideas from their projects.
  • Efficiently disseminate knowledge and results of European and National research projects in the area of Sustainable Surface Transport and thus improve the coordination of research, technology development and innovation and the deployment of innovative solutions in the Surface Transport sector in Europe.


A competition that awards prize money sponsored by industry to BSc, MSc and PhD students from all over Europe with the main aim of stimulating their interest in the field of transport. Winners will take part in a prestigious award ceremony at the 2018 Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018) event in Vienna, Austria, on 16-19th April 2018 where they will have the opportunity to meet European Commission (EC) representatives and transport experts.


A competition aimed at senior researchers involved in EU-funded projects, which will identify and acknowledge leaders that generate impactful research in transport across the European Union (EU). Winners will receive awards from EC representatives and have the opportunity to present their work on an international stage.