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Today, the Impact Research Hub is back with yet another commentary that touches upon an important topic: how to adequately measure and analyze innovation. This problem has been recently tackled by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The JRC has been investigating the levels of innovation within the transportation industry and has concluded their research with the creation of a new tool called TRIMIS.

You can download the whole commentary under this link. You can also read the summary below for the general idea of the TRIMIS system.

The launch of TRIMIS: a new tool for analyzing transportation innovations within the European Union

The market value of the European transportation sector is estimated at EUR 200 billion. This cornerstone industry is now undergoing fast-paced transformations, requiring various supportive measures such as targeted legislation or investment.

The European Union has outlined the future of EU-wide research projects in seven Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) roadmaps that touch upon various areas, such as automated transportation or vehicle design. These STRIAs will serve as the basis for implementing the H2020 program in transportation.  Most of the EU-wide innovative pilot studies and projects are financed as part of H2020, but the information regarding their primary objectives, progress as well as dissemination of materials and data regarding their exploitation is difficult to find.

The answer is TRIMIS. The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) platform was developed and implemented by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on September 19th, 2017. The new platform includes a database of over 10,000 EU and national research projects on transportation.

TRIMIS includes consolidated modules for mapping and analysis of new and emerging transportation technologies, R&I investments and functions. The objective of the platform is to assess the impact of each of these elements on the EU transportation system, taking into account current developments and future implications.

The platform has been up for just two weeks but, apart from the EU and European Research Area (ERA: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) country profiles, TRIMIS already includes information on R&I endeavours from EU Strategic Partnership (SP) countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the US). It still, however, lacks European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and, in particular, those from the Eastern Partnership (EaP).

In the future, administrators of the platform should also consider adding a section specifically devoted to ‘European Transport Innovation Challenge’ – a new award presented by the EC to young innovators in the field of transportation. Starting this year, the Commission invites them to come up with creative solutions for goods and services that will contribute to solving issues related to STRIA roadmaps – particularly reducing CO2 emissions related to transportation.

Source: Impact Research Hub (click here to read the full article)