The aim of Infrastructure for the Future (infra4dfuture or i4Df) is to develop an all-encompassing European mechanism to streamline programmes and initiatives for innovative development and implementation of infrastructure management.
What is new about the mechanism is the fact that a collective of National Transport Infrastructure Authorities (NTIAs) are prepared to create a demand for innovation in respect of all modes of transport, with a horizon stretching to 2040. I4Df is also demand-driven, while innovation has, until now, generally been exclusively driven by supply. I4Df is all about a structured dialogue between groups of infrastructure managers, industry and research.
Cross-modal coordination mechanism
I4Df aims to create a European cross-modal coordination mechanism that helps European infrastructure managers to streamline and co-programme their innovation and implementation work internationally and cross-modally. This mechanism envisages building bridges in the somewhat fragmented landscape of programmes and actors, and builds on existing partnership structures among providers of infrastructure, such as CEDR, Nord-FoU and Benelux. The coordination mechanism is flexible, open and transparent, and participation is voluntary. The European Commission is funding the initiative, as it values a demand-driven joint European innovation and implementation agenda for infrastructure.
The project stimulates collaboration and the sharing of knowledge in terms of the coordination mechanism, and the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of infrastructural innovations and implementations. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement number 824269.
- The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FI)
- Department of Mobility and Public Works (BE)
- The Latvian State Roads (LV)
- The Danish Road Directorate (DK)
- The Swedish Transport Administration (SE)
- The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NO)
- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (DE)
- The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) (DE)
- Anas Gruppo FS Italiane (IT)
- Federal Ministry Republic of Austria: Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (AT)
- Ministerio de Transportes Movilidad y Agenda Urbana (ES)
- Infraestruturas de Portugal (PT)
- The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy (PL)
- The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation (PL)
- The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) (GR)
- Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire (FR)
- Netivei Israel – The National Transport Infrastructure Company (IL)
- General Directorate of Highways (TR)
- TÜV Rheinland (DE)