ERA-NET ROAD is a four-year programme running from June 2005 – May 2009 that focuses on initiation and coordination of research relating to the management and operation of the strategic road network. The primary objective is to have achieved by May 2009 trans-national programmes which are strategically planned, trans-nationally funded and will have led to the mutual opening of national research programmes.
There are a number of sub-objectives to be carried out. A systematic exchange of information and best practice between National Road Administrations have to be encouraged. Beyond that complementary research themes between the partner National Road Administrations have to be identified and analysed in order to implement joint activities through the identification of opportunities of current national research projects or programmes.
Furthermore common trans-national strategies and programmes incorporating common funding and calls for proposals must be developed and implemented as well as evaluation procedures and programme management to overcome any administrative or legal barriers that may hinder cooperation.
The progress and achievements of ERA-NET ROAD are disseminated ensuring access to all results to programme managers, research strategists and end users, especially to countries and regions in Europe not yet having research programmes in road management and operation.