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The competition

The TRA VISIONS 2022 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is aimed at University and Technical Institutes young researchers pursuing bachelor degrees and higher in all scientific domains involving transport, mobility, energy, engineering and related areas. The competition presents an opportunity for young researchers to showcase their work on an international stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2022 Conference in Lisbon.

Initially, participants will be invited to submit an abstract under one of the following TRA 2022 topics (Call for Ideas) which cover the general areas of:

RA1 Smart Solutions and Society

RA2 Green Mobility and Decarbonisation

RA3 Innovative Infrastructure for Europe 2030

RA4 Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe

The registration period will be open until 31/05/2022 and has been extended from 30/06/2021, where all the participants are invited to register their ideas through the submission of a title and a short abstract. Participants will then have a four-month period (until 31/10/2021) six-month period (until 31/12/2021) eleven-month period (31/05/2022) to further develop their proposal into a final project.

The Submission should include a report based on the Final Project Template (available for download from the TRA VISIONS website), a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video (mandatory for all shortlisted).

The submission phase will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel will determine which are the top 3 ideas per mode (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross-modality).

The winning certificates and prizes will be presented in a prestigious Award Ceremony during the TRA 2022 (Award Ceremony) event.


Join the TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition

Register now and share your visionary ideas and get the chance to receive in return the TRA VISIONS Award for the best idea.

Participation is limited to young researchers who are registered in a college, university or technical institute from across the European Union, EU Candidate countries, potential EU candidate countries and European Economic Area. A young researcher is defined as a university and technical institute student pursuing a BSc, MSc, PhD or comparable degree. Eligibility will be checked before full access to the TRA VISIONS YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is granted (a process that usually takes 2 to 7 days).

For more information regarding the Young Researcher Competition, download the “YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION GUIDELINES 2022” or write an email to

Pillars / transport modes

  • Highways
  • Urban and inter-urban roads
  • Pedestrian and cycling infrastructures
  • High-speed rail
  • Passenger and freight railways
  • Urban and light rail systems
  • Long distance shipping
  • Inland waterway transport
  • Cruise
  • Ferries
  • Short-sea shipping
  • Offshore
  • Waterborne manufacturing industry
  • ATM & UTM
  • Drones
  • Aerodynamics
  • Automation
  • Acoustic and aero elasticity
  • Aircraft avionics and systems
  • Cabin design and passenger comfort
  • Future challenges and emerging aviation risks
  • Aerostructures
  • Disruptive aircraft configurations
  • Electric aircraft, alternative fuels and batteries
  • Digitalization
  • Multimodality
  • Combined transport
  • Intermodality
  • Integrated infrastructures
  • Public transport
  • Logistics
  • Interfaces
  • Ports
  • ITS
  • Aviation infrastructures
  • Airports
  • Ports

Research topics / Areas

RA 1

Smart Solutions and Society

RA 2

Green Mobility and Decarbonisation

RA 3

Innovative Infrastructure for Europe 2030

RA 4

Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe

More information

For more information about the competition download
the "Young Researcher Competition Guidelines 2022"
(Size: 293 kByte)

Award - TRA VISIONS 2020

The top three winners for each mode (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross-modality) have been announced during the TRA VISIONS 2020 online award ceremony. TRA VISIONS 2020 awarded prize money sponsored by industry (ERTRAC, Shift2Rail, Waterborne TP, SAFRAN, deepblue, alice, UITP) to the winners.

RA 1 - Smart Solutions and Society
  • User-focus and inclusive mobility
  • Connected and automated multimodal mobility
  • Innovation and the use of data, ITS and AI
  • Efficient and Innovative logistics
RA 2 - Green Mobility and Decarbonisation
  • Carbon neutrality and zero-emission vehicles
  • Energy efficiency, electrification and alternative fuels
  • Sustainable interurban and urban mobility
  • Greening freight transport
RA 3 - Innovative Infrastructure for Europe 2030
  • Single market for TEN-T and the wider Europe
  • Intelligent, resilient and cooperative infrastructure systems
  • Innovative hubs
  • Safety and security
RA 4 - Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe
  • Transport Planning and Policy for Recovery and Resilience
  • Innovative Business and Governance Models
  • Internalisation of Transport Externalities and Pricing Carbon
  • Supporting Competitiveness & Industrial Policy
RA 5 - User-focused mobility services, servitisation
  • User needs
  • Servitisation
  • Consumerisation
  • Mobility-as-a-Service
  • Car-as-a-Service
  • Product-service combinations
  • Sharing economy
  • Shared assets
  • New services
  • Prosumerism
  • User behaviour
  • User-centricity
RA 6 - Social change and quality of life
  • Urban planning
  • Urban mobility
  • Urban environment
  • Habitat
  • Public transport
  • Urban logistics
  • Rural mobility
  • Ageing
  • Children
  • Impaired
  • Special groups
  • Disabled
  • Cultural diversity
  • Societal impacts
  • Equity
  • Gender issues
  • Transport poverty
  • Affordability
  • Externalties
  • Social issues
  • Environment
  • Emissions
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Conservation
  • Green zones
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Non-motorised mobility
  • Active modes
  • Quality of life
  • Health
  • EIA
RA 7 - Technology and engineering
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Product design
  • Material’s engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport equipment and vehicle industry
  • Ship building
  • Logistics
  • Supply chains
  • Recycling
  • Circular economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction technology
  • Terminals
  • Hubs
  • Nodes
  • Ports
  • Inland waterways
  • Railway yards
  • Airports
  • Asset management
  • Road engineering
  • Railway engineering
  • Waterways and ports engineering
RA 8 - Planning, modelling and system design
  • Transport planning
  • Transport engineering
  • Traffic modelling
  • Transport modelling
  • 3-D modelling
  • Simulation
  • Algorithms
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Land use planning
  • Regional planning
  • Urban planning
RA 9 - Policy and regulation, market efficiency, competitiveness
  • Regulation
  • Policy
  • Market efficiency
  • Consumer benefit
  • Competition
  • Externalities
  • Taxation
  • Pricing
  • Transport economics
  • Industrial relations
RA 10 - Transport safety and security
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Incidents
  • Injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Impact assessments
  • Emergency management
  • Risk management
  • Illegal transports
  • Policing
  • Customs operations
  • Industrial relations
RA 11 - Investments, finance and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financing
  • Funding
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Procurement
  • Asset management
  • Value
  • Infrastructure
  • Investments
  • Regional economics
  • Employment
  • Growth
  • Contract management
  • Trans-European networks
RA 12 - Innovation and human capital
  • Education
  • Training
  • Human capital
  • Education policy
  • Capacity building
  • Workforce
  • Innovation
  • Pre-commerce procurement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation ecosystems