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Call: FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
Start date: January 2008
Duration: 24 months

In 2010, ARC Fund implemented the second phase of the TransBonus project, which was funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

The overall objective of TransBonus was to improve and promote closer Scientific and Technological (S&T) cooperation opportunities between Europe and the Western Balkan Countries (WBCs: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia) in the area of surface transport. It further established an EU-Balkan transport network of researchers, universities, industrialists and experts among these countries in order to improve and enlarge the research capacity of Western Balkan centers of competence. This included improving linkages with research programs and human resources through trans-national placements of research staff and knowledge.

The objectives of the project were accomplished by:
• The creation of a database providing collaboration and technology profiles for WBC and Bulgarian transport researchers and companies;
• The promotion and awareness raising of funding opportunities available at the European level that can support international cooperation among WBC transport researchers;
• The provision of training and support for academics and researchers in the Seventh Framework Program in order to help them prepare for engagement with European programs;
• The setting up of a matching tool called “Project Lab” which facilitated the creation and preparation of effective project proposals and stimulated partnerships in surface transport;
• The implementation of expert study visits between the partners from the Western Balkans and EU partners to promote networking across Europe;
• Stimulating partnering schemes and collaboration between researchers and business in surface transport stakeholders in the Balkans.

A number of pre-proposals were submitted under the second internal call for proposals (the first one was launched in 2009) with a deadline of May 31, 2010. These pre-proposals were evaluated according to the FP7 evaluation guidelines and four of the proposals that passed the evaluation threshold of 10 points were selected for further project development during the workshop for project proposals development, organized in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from July 7-9, 2010. The aim of the workshop was to bring together potential applicants, assist them in developing their ideas and in structuring the best four pre-project proposals from the internal call into project proposals that would be submitted under the calls of FP7, which were published at the end of July 2010.

Technology profiles of WBC and Bulgarian transport researchers and companies:

Centre for Studies on Road Safety (CSRS), Албания
Centre of Transport Consultancy (CTC), Албания
Institute of Transport (IT), Албания
Faculty of Engineering (MEF) at the Polytechnic University of Tirana (PUT), Албания
TECNIC Consulting Engineers - Tirana, Албания

Automotive center – Centar za vozila (AMC), Босна и Херцеговина
IPSA Institute d.o.o, Босна и Херцеговина
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Босна и Херцеговина
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Босна и Херцеговина
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Banja Luka, Босна и Херцеговина

Vagonoremonten zavod-99 AD, България
DISSY Ltd., България
Todor Kableshkov Higher School of Transport (VTU), България
Faculty of Automotive and Transport Engineering, University of Ruse, България
Transwagon AD, България
Faculty of Transport, Technical University of Sofia, България

Centre for Research, Development and Continuous Education – CIRKO, Македония
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies of "Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University, Skopje, Македония
Faculty of Civil Engineering, University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", Skopje, Македония
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – Skopje, University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", Македония
Faculty of Technical Sciences-Bitola, University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", Македония

Institute “Kirilo Savić”, Сърбия
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Сърбия
Concern Fabrika Vagona Kraljevo, Сърбия
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) – Kraljevo, Сърбия
Chair for Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Сърбия

For contacts:
Ms. Zoya Damianova, zoya.damianova(at)online(dot)bg

Mrs. Emilia Domoustchieva, emilia.zakova(at)online(dot)bg

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