The kick-off meeting of the European Project TrACE, “Transport Analytics Centre of Excellence”, successfully took place on 4-5 September 2017 in Nicosia.
Also, on September 6, a special workshop took place with the participation of all relevant stakeholders, from the public and the private sector.
The TrACE project partners are the Ministry of Transport of Communications and Works through the Public Works Department, which is also the Project Coordinator, the Institute for Transport Systems (ITS), University of Leeds (UK), the Institute of Transportation Systems (DLR) (Berlin-Germany), the University of Cyprus (with the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and the Center for Excellence in Research and Innovation KIOS) and the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM).
TrACE aims to promote research, innovation and entrepreneurship in areas such as transport planning and related policies, sustainable mobility, intelligent transport systems, green and sustainable transport, maritime transport and blue economy.
These areas directly affect key aspects of Cypriot society such as the economy, the environment, tourism and the quality of life of citizens, and it is therefore expected that TrACE will make a significant positive contribution.
The TRACE project was amongst the 30 successful Phase I proposals selected out of the 208 proposals submitted by 13 eligible European countries under Horizon 2020, WIDESPREAD-04-2017: Teaming call.
In Phase I, a funding of €400,000 is provided for one year for the development of a Business Plan for the establishment of the Center of Excellence.
The successful Phase II proposals (success rate of 20%) will be funded with the sum of €15 million for 5-7 years for the creation and operation of the new Centers of Excellence. Matching funding is also expected from the Cypriot government in the case of Cypriot proposals.