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Collaborative Partnerships and Promotion of Innovation. The Finnish Transport Agency is a major player in the transport sector. Legal position Multimodality Resources Procurements Know-how Initiatives Policies Research Customer needs Contacts.

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the finnish transport agency is a major player in the transport sector
The Finnish Transport Agency is a major player in the transport sector
  • Legal position
  • Multimodality
  • Resources
  • Procurements
  • Know-how
  • Initiatives
  • Policies
  • Research
  • Customer needs
  • Contacts

The Finnish Transport Agency

collaborative partnerships and promotion of innovation key actions
Collaborative Partnerships and Promotion of Innovation- Key Actions
  • Systematic coordination of research and development programs across all four agencies under the Ministry Transport and Communication
  • Creation of a “Virtual Research Centre” together with the government funding agency Tekes
  • New collaborative initiatives to involve the industry in research programming, funding and implementation
  • Common research programming across three transport modes (road, rail and sea)
  • Designing research programs on the basis of a) FTA’s strategic objectives, b) focused research themes and c) research needs
  • Implementing pilots in maintenance contracts and investment projects
  • A study on improving innovation activities in FTA
  • A clear shift in focus from building new capacity to better utilization of the existing capacity
  • Strong effort in upgrading traffic management systems and adoption of ITS solutions

The Finnish Transport Agency

roles and objectives of the virtual research center
Roles and objectives of the “Virtual Research Center”

Public organizations (=client) – define research topics and provides funding

Research organizations – know-how, networks, partnerships, implementation

  • Coordinate long term planning
  • Increase networking
  • Involve the industry
  • Promote joint preparation of research programs
  • Get a wider range of experts involved
  • Promote the establishment of consortiums
  • Access a wider range of funding opportunities
  • Develop knowledge centers and clusters
  • Reduce unnecessary competition
study on innovation recommendations
Study on Innovation - recommendations
  • Define FTA’s areas of focus regarding the need for innovation
  • Document and systematize the process of innovation
  • Secure time for personnel to participate in the innovation process and encourage development initiatives
  • Promote innovation within the industry by developing new methods for national and international cooperation
  • Develop systematic means to measure the results of FTA’s research, development and innovation activities

The Finnish Transport Agency

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We have the culture for innovation

but we do not yet have the strategy.

The Finnish Transport Agency