BMDV Innovation Programme for Roads: First Call on Sustainable Roads Launched

With the goal to improve the durability of the road infrastructure, this initiative (Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojektenim Rahmen des Innovationsprogramm Straße) by the Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr (BMDV – Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport) supports research and development (R&D) projects which contribute to making the German road system efficient and future-proof.

Funding is provided for research and development projects which focus on innovative concepts, materials, technologies as well as methods and procedures which make the German road system efficient and viable for the future. The following fields of innovation are of special importance:

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  • Safe and reliable roads.
  • Intelligent roads.
  • Energy-efficient roads.
  • Low emission roads.
  • Roads as part of people’s living environment.
  • Sustainable roads.
  • Roads as innovators.

First Call: Sustainable Roads – Alternative Binders or Additives for Sustainable Road Construction

The first call (Alternative Bindemittel oder Zusatzstoffe für den nachhaltigen Straßenbau) supports research on new road construction binders for asphalt and concrete construction methods which can be trialled as alternatives to the conventional binders bitumen and cement. Examples include the following focus points:

  • Substances or mixtures of substances based on organic raw materials or synthetic materials that are potentially suitable as a substitute for bitumen.
  • Innovative additives that enable the regeneration of aged binders and make a measurable contribution to increasing sustainability.
  • Cements/mineral binders produced in an energy-saving and therefore more climate-friendly way, as well as additives to improve the durability of concrete roads.

Eligible for funding are the following types of organisations based in Germany:

  • Institutions of higher education (Hochschulen).
  • Non-educational research institutions.
  • Commercial companies, especially SMEs.

The overall budget of the first call is €3 million. Universities, universities of applied science and research institutes – including Helmholtz Centres and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG) – may receive up to 100% funding for eligible project expenses. Companies in the commercial sector may be funded at a maximum of 50% of eligible project-related costs.

(This Bulletin article was the subject of a ResearchConnect news alert.)