ECTRI is engaged in collaborative activities where it supports the development of the ERA, working in close cooperation with other transport stakeholders,
building on the strong presence and involvement of ECTRI Members.


ECTRI fosters cooperation with major transport-related organisations such as EARPA, ERTICO, POLIS, EUCAR, UIC, UNIFE and UITP.

To further support the creation of the ERA in transport, the partnership with FEHRL, FERSI and Networks of Excellence EURNEX and HUMANIST is formalised through the European Transport Research Alliance (ETRA) launched in September 2012.

ECTRI also develops strong links with the European Technology Platforms (ETP) and forums active in all transport areas (ERTRAC, ERRAC, ALICE, Waterborne, iMobility). ECTRI is represented in the ETPs committees and working groups in order to help define the needed transport research agendas that can promote a truly integrative and multimodal transport system in Europe.

In 2010, ECTRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association for European Transport (AET) to foster cooperation between the two associations notably in the framework of the European Transport Conference – ETC organised by AET, every year.


Building on the strong involvement of ECTRI Members with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the US National Academies, in 2006 ECTRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the TRB. This MoU is materialised through an action plan approved on a bi-annual basis, steered by a dedicated Task Force (ECTRI-TRB TF).

Lastly, ECTRI cooperates with the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the OECD in order to support the preparation of the Annual summit and in the framework of the Decarbonising Transport project. In order to position ECTRI with regards to the latter, a Task Force (Decarbonising project TF) has been set up to act as a linkage between ECTRI and the ITF to facilitate the functioning of ECTRI as a knowledge partner in the project.