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CEDR Research Call 2021

CEDR Research Call 2021 is open as of 28 September 2021 with the following two research programmes: Climate Change Resilience, and Remote Condition Monitoring of Physical Road Assets.

The CEDR Transnational Research Programme (TRP) operates through a series of annual transnational calls on topics that address the needs of European road authorities. The aim is to produce research results that can be implemented by CEDR members and contribute to a safe, sustainable and efficient road network across Europe. It is funded by CEDR members on a voluntary basis. Participation is open to any legal entity, though all consortia must be led by a legal entity from a European country.

Call Topics

Call 2021 will have two research programmes:

  1. Climate Change Resilience
  2. Remote Condition Monitoring of Physical Road Assets.

These programmes were prepared via extensive consultation among CEDR members about their research needs under these topics.

Climate Change Resilience

The aim of this programme is to undertake research on integrating climate change into decision-making processes and implementing existing research into practice. While the primary focus is on organisations responsible for managing and operating road infrastructure, there are likely to be transferable elements of the research, applicable to wider transport infrastructure, which should be highlighted through the outputs.

The results will help to avoid and minimize the disruptive impacts of increasingly extreme weather events on the existing road infrastructure. This will deliver a safer, resilient and more sustainable European transportation network.

As a result of the linkages and dependencies between different phases of work, in this programme there is a single topic which has been split into four phases of work:

Phase A: Impacts and operational risks

Phase B: Adaptation and resilience measures

Phase C: Appraisal methodologies, benefits and costs

Phase D: Developing knowledge and case studies and embedding knowledge and best practice / Training module 

Remote Condition Monitoring of Physical Road Assets

The aim of this programme is to undertake research into current best practice on the remote monitoring and inspection of physical road assets and provide advice on implementing new techniques as business practice. The primary focus of the research will be on road pavements and bridges. However, it will consider if the new approaches can also be applied to tunnels, drainage and geotechnical assets.

The outputs of the research will improve European road operators knowledge and understanding of remote asset condition monitoring and data collection to make lifecycle asset management decisions.

As a result of the linkages and dependencies between different phases of work, in this programme there is a single topic which has been split into three phases of work:

  1. Information needs and current practice
  2. Key issues and new approaches
  3. Recommendations for implementation and dissemination

Programme Management

Call 2021 will be launched and managed by the CEDR member from Denmark - the Danish Road Directorate.

All questions about the launch of Call 2021 should be directed to the Programme Manager: Per Antvorskov, Danish Road Directorate,

Official Information

A pre-announcement of the launch of Call 2021 has been made on the Official Journal of the European Union here.

Full information on the Call, including the Description of Research Needs, is published on the website of the Programme Manager here.

The deadline for submissions is 17 December 2021 at 12:00 hours CET.

Briefing session

A briefing session will be held on 09 November 2021 from 10:30 CET until 12:00 CET. The session will be held as a webinar. At the webinar the authors of the DoRNs and the Danish Road Directorate will provide information about CEDR Call 2021.

To the extent possible, questions should be asked by email before the session, and questions asked during the session should subsequently be forwarded by email.

The Tenderers are kindly asked to sign up for the briefing session before 05 November 2021 (12 noon CET) by sending an e-mail to Once you have signed up, you will receive an invitation including information about how to log on to the briefing session.