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.

Project period


European programme

Horizon 2020

Project website

Website infra4Dfuture