ECTRI is engaged in collaborative activities working in close cooperation with other transport and mobility stakeholders in Europe and beyond, building on the strong presence and involvement of its Members.


ECTRI fosters cooperation with major European transport related organisations such as AET-Association for European Transport, CLEPA-European Association of Automotive Suppliers, EARPA-European Automotive Research Partners Association, EARTO-European Association of Research and Technologies Organisations, ERTICO ITS-European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation, EUCAR-European Council for Automotive R&D, EUROCITIES, POLIS-Promotion of Operational links with Integrated Services, UIC-International Union of Railways, UITP-International Association of Public Transport and UNIFE-European Rail Supply Industry Association.

ECTRI also develops strong links with the European Technology Platforms (ETP) active in all transport areas – ERTRAC-European Road Transport Advisory Council, ERRAC-European Rail Research Advisory Council, ALICE-Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, Waterborne, ACARE-Advisory Council for Aeronautic Research in Europe. ECTRI is represented in the ETPs plenaries, committees and working groups in order to help defining the needed transport research agendas that can promote a truly integrated and multimodal transport system in Europe.

Since 2021, ECTRI is engaged as member in key European co-programmed Partnerships e.g. Towards Zero Emission Road Transport (2ZERO), Connected Cooperative Automated Mobility (CCAM), Zero Emission Waterborne Transport (ZEWT), which are established under Horizon Europe framework programme to address some of Europe’s most pressing challenges through concerted research and innovation initiatives.

The partnership with FEHRL-Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, FERSI-Forum of European Road Safety Institutes, EURNEX-European rail Research Network of Excellence and HUMANIST-Human Centred Design for Information Society Technologies Virtual Centre of Excellence, is formalised through the European Transport Research Alliance (ETRA), which acts as a voluntary collaborative platform of surface transport research Associations that aims at providing the partners with a more powerful collective voice, allowing cross-fertilization and helping in achieving high visibility for the transport research community.


ECTRI fosters cooperation with major International organisations, such as US- Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by developing a number of collaborative activities with those partners. This work is supported by a dedicated ECTRI Task Force on International Partnership.

In particular, ECTRI signed in 2006 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the TRB, which was renewed in 2017 for 5 years, and again in 2021 for another five years. This MoU is materialised through an action plan approved on a bi-annual basis.

As for the cooperation with the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the OECD, ECTRI collaborates in order to support the preparation of the Annual Summit and coorganises the Pre-Summit Research Day since 2018. ECTRI was also engaged into the Decarbonising transport project from 2017 to 2021 as knowledge partner.