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Decarbonising Transport Award: Supporting ideas that cut transport CO2 in emerging economies

Decarbonising Transport Award

The Decarbonising Transport Award supports the transition to zero-carbon transport in developing countries that face growing demand for mobility. Award winners receive financial support for their proposed project and the opportunity to collaborate with the ITF.

Transport CO2 emissions in emerging economies are set to increase strongly as growing populations and incomes drive up transport activity. Offering carbon-neutral transport solutions to meet this new demand will be critical to stop climate change. Yet funding is scarce and incentives are limited for research and innovation that address this vital challenge.

The Decarbonising Transport Award recognises projects with great potential to help decarbonise transport in these nations. It is awarded in two categories:

  • The Research Award offers EUR 5 000 towards the realisation of a proposed research project.
  • The Innovation Award offers EUR 10 000 towards the development or implementation of innovative solutions to reduce transport CO2.

The ITF may also provide in-kind support for research, outreach or dissemination, or offer a work placement opportunity at the ITF. Award winners may also be invited to present their project during the ITF Annual Summit of Transport Ministers.

Individuals and small organisations that carry out their proposed research or activity in a “developing” or “in transition” country as per UN definitions (PDF) are eligible to apply. For full eligibility criteria and to apply go to the application form. Only online applications are accepted. A jury of international experts supported by the ITF secretariat will select the winners.

The deadline for applications is 13 February 2022

This award is offered by the International Transport Forum as part of its “Decarbonising Transport initiative”. It is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, funder of the ITF’s “Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies” and “NDC Transport Initiative for Asia” projects.

The ITF reserves the right to not award this award in case it judges all applications to be of insufficient quality and/or of insufficient relevance for the theme of “Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies”. The ITF also reserves the right to grant multiple awards if several applications are deemed worthy.

Apply for the Research Award

Apply for the Innovation Award

ITF staff contact: Malithi Fernando

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