The competition

The concept of the TRA VISIONS 2024 Senior Researcher Competition is to have an excellence award for senior researchers who have contributed with significant innovative ideas and concepts, based on results from EU-funded projects in the field of transport.

This competition will act as a tool for further disseminating knowledge and results from innovation and/or research projects in transport, for promoting future synergies, as well as for further developing pioneering ideas in line with the strategic objectives of the TRA stakeholders.

The winners of the TRA VISIONS 2024 Senior Researcher Competition will act as a showcase for the very best EU-funded innovation and research and either acknowledge the achievements of established leaders in the field, or encourage the development of the rising stars who will become the future leaders.

The Senior Researcher Competition will cover all transport modes (road, rail, waterborne, air and cross-modality) including infrastructures and cross-cutting issues in line with the EC ‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy’ for a green, smart, affordable and integrated mobility.

The Science and Technology (S&T) objectives are to nurture the best transport researchers and innovators in Europe, promote the alignment of their interests with those of transport stakeholders, encourage them to participate in the Transport Research Arena 2024 Conference (TRA 2024) and celebrate their achievements.

TRA VISIONS 2024 seeks to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the transport domain and, for this reason, addresses all stakeholders in both the public and private sectors and all professionals, regardless of their roles (researchers, practitioners, designers, constructors, operators, administrators, etc.).

The deadline for entry is 14th September 2023 23:59 CEST.


Join the Senior Researcher Competition

You can register your details by selecting the link “Register as a senior researcher” and completing the registration form that is found there.

The TRA VISIONS consortium welcomes you and invites you to join the "TRA VISIONS" network. Participation and access to the information on the website is free of charge, but does require registration.

An additional –sixth- special award will be introduced, for honouring a “very” senior researcher who is about to complete or has already completed their career, and who has through the years made an outstanding and well-recognized contribution to transport-related research and innovation in their respective field. Someone who has, throughout their career, demonstrated groundbreaking and future-oriented views and research.

A Board of distinguished and renowned personalities from all transport modes will be created for selecting the winner of the TRA VISIONS 2024 special honorary award. An Open Call for nominations will be launched to the entire transport research community. Nominations can be made by single persons, including the members of the Board, or groups of persons. Self-nominations are excluded.

Each nomination shall include a proper justification based on the overall impact, visionary thinking, breakthrough achievements and track record of the nominated person (including but not limited to EU funding policy impact, publication track record, patents and research leadership, etc.). The justification shall not be more than two (2) pages long. The criteria for the selection of the winner will be holistic. There will be only one winner for this award, irrespective of transport mode.

More information

For more information about the competition download the "Senior Researcher Competition Guidelines 2024" or contact Dr. Bidisha Ghosh at
(Size: 233 kByte)

Award - TRA VISIONS 2022

The five top winners for each mode (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross-modality) have been announced during the TRA VISIONS 2022 award ceremony on 14th November 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.