Cerema is a partner of 38 projects funded by the European Commission, mainly within the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme (2014-2020) and within the regional cooperation section known as Interreg of the regional development fund, ERDF.
The projects focus on sustainable regional development in collaboration with local authorities, industrial and academic partners across Europe.
In 2018, Cerema participated in the filing of more than 30 European projects.


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Led by Ertico ITS-Europe, the AEOLIX project - Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange - aims to improve logistics chains by developing a digital platform for real-time exchange of information between key stakeholders in European logistics: intra- or inter- commercial companies and authorities. Data from 11 test sites (Living Labs) that include supply chains across Europe will feed into the platform.

In France, Cerema participates, alongside Geoloc Systems and Novacom, in the study of the logistics chain of the port of Bordeaux and in the identification of its commercial and logistics needs. Emphasis is placed, in particular, on hazardous goods transport data and customs declarations. The aim is to save time in the processing of goods. Cerema is also helping to implement the AEOLIX platform for the Bordeaux site and to assess it according to a protocol common to all the test sites.

Project start and end: 09/2016 – 08/2019

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet



Supported by car manufacturers Renault and Daimler, the DENSE project - aDverse wEather eNvironmental Sensing systEm - aims to develop a suite of «perception sensors» to guarantee safe driving for autonomous vehicles by detecting obstacles and traffic in degraded weather conditions. This is to provide the autonomous vehicle with a good perception of its environment in all situations. Sweden's Autoliv, the global specialist in automotive safety equipment, is involved. Prototypes of sensors and their components will help strengthen the European automotive industry.

Within a consortium of 14 partners, Cerema is developing the test methodology for system assessment: following the measurement campaigns on the Cerema fog-rain platform, data analysis allows the identification of system performance and areas for improvement.

Project start and end: 06/2016 – 02/2020

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet




MODALES, Modify Drivers' behaviour to Adapt for Lower Emissions, helps to substantially reduce the polluting emissions of all types of road vehicles. Focused on the driver, it encourages the adoption of adapted driving practices and vehicle maintenance choices. It aims to improve the effectiveness of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD devices) and their updates. The project is based on a better understanding of the impact of driving on vehicle emissions from engines, brakes and tires. Coordinated by European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation - Intelligent Transport Systems & Services Europe and bringing together 15 partners from 10 European countries and the European neighbourhood, solutions are proposed that can be leveraged by local and national air quality plans: driver training, driving assistance via an app and awareness campaigns. MODALES also provides an international platform for sharing innovative solutions and best practices to reduce vehicle emissions.

Cerema brings its knowledge of on-board driving assistance systems to reduce fuel consumption and their impact on driving practices. Work to assess the impacts of these devices is carried out based on statistical analysis of data

Project start and end: 09/2019 – 08/2022

For further information: Cordis sheet



Launched in December 2016, mySMARTlife - Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy - must define an urban energy transition strategy based on technological innovation and the experimentation of new business models. Three major European cities, Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki, are the main areas for experimentation. Following rigorous evaluation, the solutions tested (electro-mobility, citizen participation, renewable energy production and storage, urban data management, intelligent public lighting management, etc.) are intended to be duplicated in other European cities. Under the coordination of Spain's CARTIF, 28 partners from 7 Member States are working together until October 2021.

Cerema led the situational analysis in the Nantes urban context. This analysis contributes to defining the assessment methodology for the solutions tested, and its implementation on the Nantes demonstrator.

Project start and end: 12/2016 – 10/2021

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet



Project Nature4Cities - Nature Based Solutions project for re-naturing cities: knowledge diffusion and decision support platform through new collaborative models - focuses on the re-introduction of nature in the city and in particular the integration into urban planning of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). It aims to create a web platform where pioneering experiences will be listed and technical solutions, methods and decision-making tools for urban planning will be proposed. The deployment of these Nature-based solutions is encouraged by the development of new cooperative models. From November 2016 until October 2020, the project involves 9 Member States, coordinated by Nobatek/Inef4 (France), a private centre for applied research, the National Institute for Energy and Environmental Transition of buildings.

Cerema manages the scientific aspects of the project, coordinates the construction of NBS knowledge (typologies, project observatory) and develops a framework for the analysis of NBS implementation in urban projects.

Project start and end: 11/2016 – 10/2020

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet (in French)



SAFER-LC - SAFER Level Crossing by integrating and optimizing road-rail infrastructure management and design - aims to increase safety on and around railway crossings by developing technological solutions to prevent accidents and rapid reactions in the event of accidents. Coordinated by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and bringing together 17 partners from 8 European countries, the project will enable transport authorities to define common management methods for road and rail transport, limit operating costs and ensure a rapid resumption of traffic in the event of an accident.

Cerema is involved, in particular, in defining an intelligent video surveillance system capable of assessing risks and ensuring communication between infrastructure, approaching vehicles, the approaching train and a control station by providing them with dynamic information on the condition of the crossing (accident, obstacle, etc.). A full-scale test of the video system will be carried out at the Aix la Chapelle site in Germany. Moreover, Cerema is also involved in the development of technological tools for track maintenance; The Cerema site in Rouen has been selected to install and assess a demonstrator.

Project start and end: 05/2017 – 04/2020

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet



SUMPS-UP - European Programme for Accelerating the Take up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans - aims to help European cities develop sustainable and less polluting urban mobility by helping them implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The project brings together 15 partners from 11 countries, including 7 European cities. Approximately one hundred cities, including 3 French cities to date (Ile-de-France mobilités, Métropole du Grand Nancy, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole) are involved in the project as part of pilot groups in order to benefit from training, exchange between peers and to test locally the tools offered at the European level. In all, the project aims to impact six hundred cities in developing their transport capacity, thanks to the tools provided by the project. SUMPs-Up is one of three projects linked to the CIVITAS 2020 European initiative.

With its expertise, both in France and internationally (MobiliseYourCity initiative), Cerema is involved more specifically in the development and improvement of national frameworks promoting the establishment of SUMPs: governance, funding and legal and methodological frameworks. It also co-performed an inventory of needs, obstacles and best practices in urban mobility planning at the level of all the Member States. It operates in three countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) to help set up national frameworks: identification of organisations promoting the establishment of a national framework, dissemination of guides and tools for the development of a national framework and specific recommendations according to national contexts.

Project start and end: 09/2016 – 02/2020

For further information: Cordis sheet      Cerema project sheet



SURFACE is a project funded by the EMPIR programme (The European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research) led by the EURAMET association (The European Metrology Association of National Metrology Institutes) and co-funded by Horizon 2020. It aims to improve the definition and characterisation of road surface photometry to design adaptable and intelligent lighting systems. In particular, it strives to improve measurement methods and to take into account obtrusive light and impacts in terms of light pollution from road lighting. It will help develop technical standards in particular to provide traceable data relating to new geometries and materials.

Cerema collects and analyses the characteristic data of European pavements, works to take into account the spectral characteristics of lighting, develops new characterisations of road surface photometry for the urban environment, improves Cerema's systems for characterising road surface photometry of surfacing (goniophotometer and Coluroute2) and performs/analyses measurements.

Project start and end: 07/2017 - 07/2020

For further information: Euramet site sheet     Cerema project sheet







AGEOAtlantic Geohazard Platform, is a project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area programme (ERDF). It aims to develop Citizen Observatory demonstrators for geological risks (coastal risks, land movements, seismicity in particular) in order to improve the management of these risks (prevention, monitoring, surveillance and operational capacities) and cooperation at the Atlantic Arc level (Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, United Kingdom). These observatories will notably integrate new solutions based on participatory and collaborative sciences, and on Copernicus data services. The demonstrator supported by the French partners is an observatory of coastal vulnerability to risks of erosion and submersion in regions in Brittany.

Cerema is working in close collaboration with the University of Western Brittany (UBO) to develop and deploy in Brittany an observatory of coastal vulnerability to risks and submersion. Cerema participates in the development of the index of systemic coastal vulnerability to risks and supports the transfer of the observatory to managers of the regions: specifications for the Web interface software tool, conducting workshops with local stakeholders, implementation manual, training, transfer to regional stakeholders.

Project start and end: June 2019 - May 2022



Ecclipse is a project funded by Interreg SUDOE (Southwest European Space). It focuses on assessment of the impact of climate change on the ports of South-Western Europe (wave variations, sea level rise and heatwave periods), and in particular on the Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux. The project aims to develop coordinated strategies for the adaptation of Mediterranean ports in the face of climate change. It will also develop 3D digital navigation tools in and around ports in order to anticipate climate change (effect on dredging, precision of the navigation model, introduction of sea level variation simulations).

Cerema is working on predictions of navigation conditions in extreme conditions (storms, floods) so as to be able to anticipate port access difficulties (manoeuvrability). In France, it will allow an analysis of how the tools developed on the Gironde estuary can be replicated to other configurations and conversely benefit from Spanish and Portuguese expertise.

Project start and end: September 2019 - August 2022

For further information: Cerema project sheet




ENDURE - ENsuring DUne REsilience against Climate Change - is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg 2 Mers (France-Belgium-Netherlands-United Kingdom). ENDURE is looking for new solutions to reduce the erosion of dunes in the English Channel and the North Sea and thus avoid the risks of marine submersion increased by climate change. Coordinated by the English Norfolk County Council, the project develops designs and implementations of new net technology and analyses their effects. It also tests and assesses the effects of mussel cultivation stations (mussel beds) to reduce the effect of waves on coastal erosion.

Cerema brings its skills in the collection and processing of topographic and bathymetric data (ocean bed relief and depth). Cerema installs the field demonstrators (nets and piles), monitors (notably by drone) at two pilot sites and carries out studies to determine the effectiveness of the devices. It also assesses the tools providing information on the state of the dunes and their vulnerability. Cerema is a partner of ONERC for the establishment of a data centre on adaptation to climate change, in conjunction with local authorities.

Project start and end: 07/2017 – 12/2020

For further information: Interreg 2 Mers project sheet      Cerema project sheet


HeatNet NWE

HeatNet NWE

HeatNet NWE - HeatNet North West Europe - is a regional cooperation project funded by Interreg North West. It aims to facilitate the deployment of so-called 4th generation heating networks in north-western Europe; networks with low greenhouse gas emissions (multiplication of renewable and low-carbon energy sources, low-temperature distribution minimising heat loss) and profitable despite the connection to low-energy consumption buildings (energy storage coupled with electricity production). The 13 partners from 5 countries (Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands and United Kingdom) associated with the project are developing tools to facilitate the implementation of these new generation heating networks. They rely on 6 pilot sites (LivingLabs) including one in France (Boulogne-sur-Mer).

Cerema is working on the creation of a HeatNet Model, a guide to the planning, construction, development and financing of 4th generation heating networks in communities in North-West Europe. It is also a tool for economic comparison of the value of district heating networks compared to conventional means of heating. It collaborates in the development of a heating requirements mapping tool and provides technical support for the development of an experimental heating network to create a local development guide on this basis. For France, it studies legislative and regulatory barriers to the development of heating networks.

Project start and end: 10/2016 - 12/2019

For further information: Cerema project sheet




Inundatio is a project funded by Interreg Sudoe (South West European Area). It offers a model of a flash flood management system in upstream watersheds. This model will be based on the hydrological characterisation of the watershed concerned, characterisation of the hazard, analysis of historical and real-time data, development of risk scenarios and analysis of the vulnerability of human lives and buildings. The project will be deployed to the upstream watersheds of South-western European (the Pyrenees for France), vulnerable to torrential flooding and lacking early warning systems.

Cerema will develop a modelling system to alert local crisis managers in the event of an imminent risk of flooding in small rivers. In collaboration with the managers, it will seek to enrich the network of sensors. It will also help develop hydrographic mapping by testing new GIS methods. It will analyse the interactions between watercourses and buildings and will study the optimum positioning of temporary anti-runoff protection.

Project start and end: 07/2019 - 12/2021




JURAD-BAT is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg France-Switzerland. It aims to improve radon risk management in Jurassic Arc buildings. The project is developing a web platform to promote the sharing of knowledge, skills and feedback. The aim is to improve know-how and better support companies in the construction sector. A cartographic database to establish an inventory by measuring indoor air quality and radon levels will allow the comparison and improved management of cross-border risks. The measurement campaigns to constitute the database will also aim to raise the awareness of individuals and elected officials in the areas studied. Prospective technical studies, methodological guides for project owners and training modules are also available.

Within the 10 partners, Cerema acts as an expert in the sanitary quality of buildings and when carrying out technical radon diagnostics.

Project start and end: 09/2016 - 09/2019 // PROJECT COMPLETE


Linking Alps


Linking Alps is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg Alpine Space. It aims to offer travellers the most relevant door-to-door route calculation service by combining the results of the various calculators and existing regional route proposals. The traveller thus views only one interface. The aim is to encourage travellers to use public transport by offering them an «integrated» service. This project is a continuation of the Linking Danube project.

Cerema contributes to the technical work, ensures the production of a decision support guide and the implementation of route calculators for the authorities organising transport and multimodal information sites. It participates in the promotion of results with local authorities and transport stakeholders.

Project start and end: 10/2019 – 10/2022

For further information: Cerema project sheet





MMUST - Multimodal model and scenarios for cross-border mobility - is a cross-border cooperation project funded by the Interreg VA Grande Région programme (France-Belgium-Germany-Luxembourg). MMUST aims to develop a multimodal model for forecasting the movements of people and goods in the Greater Region, which will become a shared tool for decision-making and assessment of transport and regional development projects and policies. Coordinated by the Agence d'urbanisme et de développement durable Lorraine Nord (AGAPE), it will be implemented by a consortium of 5 study and research centres, including Cerema, and will bring together 16 public partners and stakeholders in cross-border transport. Its objective is to allow, through the sharing of a common vision of the regions and their medium-term developments, a joint discussion on the changes to be expected in terms of transport offers to facilitate the movement of border workers and learners.

Cerema brings its expertise in the management of mobility data and multimodal travel modelling. It will thus contribute to the collection and standardization of mobility and transport data from the three countries, to the reconstruction of travel demand and more particularly to the assessment of the impact of congestion or saturation phenomena on individual choices in terms of modes of travel and routes. Specific work will also be carried out to assess the benefits to be expected from the development of certain cross-border mobility services that have not yet been developed or have not been developed until now (carpooling, on-site or high level of service public transport, autonomous vehicles, teleworking, etc.).

Project start and end: 01/2018 – 12/2021

For further information: Cerema project sheet




MOMPA is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg POCTEFA (France-Spain-Andorra). It aims to improve the management of the risk of land movements in the Pyrenees by a “proactive” approach, anticipated thanks to the mobilisation of satellite images (SAR interferometry technique, InSAR) which allows early detection of movements. Led by CTTC (Telecommunications Centre of Catalonia), the project produces land movement monitoring maps (area included in Alt Urgell, Cerdanya, Capcir, Conflent and Andorra), assesses the associated risk and proposes action protocols to civil protection services.

Cerema participates in all the land movement monitoring and geological risk management work. It is more particularly responsible for the development and dissemination of action protocols.

Project start and end: 12/2019 – 05/2022




Montclima is a project funded by Interreg Sudoe (South West European Area). It aims to improve the coordination and efficiency of disaster prevention and management measures and the rehabilitation of mountain disaster areas in a context of climate change (forest fire, flood and drought). A repository of actions will be proposed and tested. A transnational strategy for the prevention and management of risks in the mountain areas of South-western Europe will be proposed and implemented. A web application will collate data from past events and expose potential future risks using a mapping system.

Thanks to its expertise in flood and forest fire risks, Cerema will contribute its knowledge of natural risk management policies and tools (Flood Directive, TRI, SLGRI, PAPI, etc.) and its ability to mobilise regional stakeholders around issues and co-constructed actions fuelled by technical expertise that can lead to operational governance.

Project start and end: July 2019 - December 2021




ORRAP - Optimal Recycling of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements - is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg Rhin Supérieur (France-Germany-Switzerland). ORRAP is intended to reduce the environmental impact of road works for low-traffic pavements in the Upper Rhine region. It offers a technical and legal framework to optimise the recycling of lower quality or even polluted asphalt aggregates from secondary road networks in order to use them again as the foundation of low-traffic pavements. A technical guide will detail the conditions and recommendations for implementation. This guide may be accompanied by instructions for adapting pavement sizing methods incorporating recycled asphalt aggregates. The project is coordinated by INSA Strasbourg.

Cerema provides its expertise for the analysis of the French legal framework, the characterisation of asphalt aggregates and their study in the laboratory, the technical, economic and environmental study of the chosen solution and the study of the deployment of the technique for the Alsace region.

Project start and end: 11/2016 - 06/2020
For further information: Interreg Rhin Superieur project sheet      Cerema project sheet



PECS - Ports Energy Carbon Savings - is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg 2 Mers. It aims to develop, test and validate methods, tools and concepts for efficient energy management in ports and thus reduce their carbon footprint. 8 technologies and 4 methods and tools (energy balance, renewable energy potential, analysis of improving energy efficiency and decision-making tools for the best energy mix) are analysed at 4 port sites in 4 countries (France, England, the Netherlands and Belgium) including the port of Dunkirk for France. Nine feasibility studies (in particular economic) pertaining to using these technologies, methods and tools should encourage small and medium-sized ports to adopt them and to collaborate on both sides of the borders to reduce their carbon emissions.

Within the 9 project partners, Cerema is assisting the Port of Dunkirk to increase the value of industrial heat and to study the mix of renewable energy adapted to meet the energy and electricity needs of the ports.

Project start and end: 07/2017 - 08/2020

For further information: Cerema project sheet




PyrenEOS is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg POCTEFA (France-Spain-Andorra). It aims to offer 9 innovative services resulting from the use of satellite images for effective mobilisation of natural resources and management of natural hazards (water, agricultural soils and forest cover). This industrial research project is building a cross-border platform based on remote sensing capabilities derived from the use of satellite images from the European Copernicus Earth observation system. The 9 services are developed and tested in the regions of the Basque Country, Navarre, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques with a vocation to extend to the whole of the Pyrenees.

Among the 8 partners of the project, Cerema is working to build the platform for the efficient use of water resources.

Project start and end: 07/2016 - 06/2020




RISSC - Cross-border improvement of the prevention and management of subsoil risks generated by undermined land - is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg France-Wallonie.  It is intended to improve and pool the tools used in Belgium and the Hauts-de-France region (regions with similarities - geology, relief, urbanisation and industrial past) to prevent and manage cross-border risks that are identical but sometimes approached differently. It carries out a cross-border inventory of the subsoil risk. It offers solutions to monitor and reduce the risk. It created a web platform for pooling existing resources (regulations, data, methodologies, etc.) and making best practices and tools available. It proposes cross-border improvements to local policies on prevention and risk management, land use planning and civil security.

Cerema helps identify and characterise underground cavities, their degradations and associated risks. It participates in the mapping and assessment of the hazards of land movements related to the underground objects studied. It studies the negative impact of the mines underlying some identified underground cavities.

Project start and end: 01/2018 - 12/2020

For further information:  Project website (in French)




Riskcoast is a project funded by Interreg SUDOE (South West European space). Under the coordination of CTTC (Catalonia Telecommunications Centre), the project offers an integral view of the geological risks that threaten the coast by considering the entire watershed in the context of climate change (slides, land subsidence during droughts due to the intense exploitation of aquifers, erosion and loss of soil resulting from torrential events, erosion of foreshores and retreat of deltas). It focuses on improving the coordination and effectiveness of prevention, disaster management and rehabilitation of disaster areas by proposing natural and long-term adaptation measures.

Cerema participates in the identification and development of new detection tools, the common definition of alert thresholds to be taken into account and will subsequently lead comparative crisis management exercises by the competent local authorities.

Project start and end: October 2019 - September 2022



RISVAL - Seismic risk and alpine vulnerability - is a cross-border cooperation project between alpine valley communities, funded by Interreg ALCOTRA (France-Italy).  RISVAL aims to better characterise the seismic risk of the Alpine border region, which is most often subjected to low-intensity earthquakes but potentially destructive events (every 30 years or so). One of the objectives of RISVAL is to enable macro-seismic intensities to be rapidly characterised after an event. Shared tools will also be developed to describe the vulnerability of buildings and strategic infrastructures. Coordinated by the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region (Italy), RISVAL involves regional and local authorities in the development of seismic risk management tools: common database structures to improve knowledge and cross-border risk management, innovative cross-border surveillance system and cross-border strategies to reduce the consequences of seismic risks. 

Cerema offers its knowledge of the terrain and its experience to improve major movement prediction maps (shakemaps) in near-real time. It also carries out on-site measurements to estimate the vulnerability of road engineering structures (A51 and access viaduct to the Mont Blanc tunnel, known as the Egratz).

Project start and end: 06/2017 – 06/2020

For further information: Cerema project sheet




SAPYRA is a cross-border cooperation project funded by Interreg POCTEFA (France-Spain-Andorra). It aims to improve the safety of Pyrenean accesses, especially to the Principality Andorra in the face of the risk of avalanches. This risk is estimated to be increased in the context of climate change: increased snowfall over periods that tend to increase. By creating protective infrastructures (especially paravalanche devices), and implementing prevention tools, SAPYRA aims to significantly reduce the number of days and hours of closure of the routes concerned and develops information and cross-border cooperation in a sustainable way.

Cerema carries out mobility and accessibility studies in the affected areas.

Project start and end: 09/2016 - 08/2020




SeRaMCo is a project funded by Interreg North West. It aims to increase the proportion of recycled materials in the manufacture of prefabricated cement and concrete while guaranteeing the cost and quality of the recycled products used. Recycling will be improved, new concretes and new technologies for its manufacture will be developed and tested. The products proposed will be tested before marketing in three pilot regions: the cities of Seraing (Belgium) and Saarlouis (Germany) and the Moselle department in France. This testing phase is preceded by support for the supply chain and the niche market stakeholders involved.

Cerema will bring its knowledge in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and characterisation of the mechanical properties and durability of concretes. It will also support the Moselle departmental council in the acquisition of a prefabricated product from the project for a roadwork project. This pilot project will analyse the mechanical and durability performance of concrete made from recycled materials on a structural prefabricated product, such as L-wall.

Project start and end: 03/2017 – 09/2020

For further information: Interreg North-West project sheet







LIFE-ADSORB is a project funded by the European Life programme. It implements and tests an innovative prototype for the effective retention of rainwater pollutants from road run-off, released into the natural environment. It focuses on reducing organic and mineral micro-pollutants: metals, suspended solids (SS), hydrocarbons and other environmental toxic substances (phthalates, alkylphenols, perfluorinated compounds, etc.) whether present in dissolved or particulate form. LIFE-ADSORB is led by the city of Paris and brings together academic research laboratories (INRA and ENPC), Cerema and the engineering and research office EcoBird.

Cerema leads the assessment of the filter's effectiveness and contributes directly to the instrumentation, acceptance testing and modelling phases of the filter. It carries out some analyses of micro-pollutants and participates in the environmental assessment for the life cycle analysis (LCA) section.

Project start and end: July 2018 - September 2023

Learn more: LIFE-ADSORB project sheet




LIFE-ARTISAN (Achieving Resiliency by Triggering Implementation of nature-based Solutions for climate Adaptation at a National scale) is a project funded by the European Life Programme. It deploys an action plan to increase the resiliency of French regions, including Overseas regions, to climate change by encouraging the use of nature-based solutions. It thus contributes to the implementation of France's 2018-2022 National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (Pnacc-2). It implements a demonstrator programme of ten nature-based adaptation projects spread throughout France. Thirteen regional platforms will also be created to support the deployment of nature-based adaptation solutions. LIFE-ARTISAN is a project led by the French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) and brings together many local, regional and national partners, both in the public and private sectors.

Cerema's teams are particularly involved in the design of the digital platform, a resource centre, dedicated to nature-based solutions, in the creation of an inventory of available resources, and in the development of new tools as well as in organisation, training and assessment of the demonstrator programme.

Project start and end: 2020 – 2027






Digue 2020

DIGUE2020 is a project funded by the Erdf, distributed by the Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur region, the State-Region Plan Contract (CPER) and the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council. It aims to create an «experimental» dyke dedicated to dyke research by observing its behaviour in situ in order to improve submersion risk control. The knowledge developed and shared via a website will allow, in the medium term, the emergence of reinforcement projects or new dykes of more sustainable design via the lime treatment of materials present on-site; a more resource-efficient design method that consumes less energy since it limits the transport of materials.

Cerema contributes to the research and innovation work for the design of the «experimental» dyke, coordinates and reports on the «Quantifying the consequences of the actions of the sea on the research platform» and supervises one of the three theses, dedicated to improving the dyke auscultation by non-destructive processes.

Project start and end: 04/2016 - 08/2020

For further information: Cerema project sheet




COPTER (Drone-terrestrial vehicle cooperation) is a project funded by the Erdf and distributed by the Normandy Region. It aims to implement a system for expanded perception of a road scene by coupling an autonomous land vehicle and a drone. The objective is to generate a 3D reconstruction of the environment in order to help an autonomous vehicle navigate: traffic analysis, free space definition, precise location, trajectory planning and behaviour estimation (use of lanes, crossing lines, speeds, inter-vehicle distance).

Cerema helps to process the data collected and extract dynamic objects from the environment to use them in trajectory analysis. It validates the on-board measurements by a roadside device developed in the context of the project.

Project start and end: 10/2016 - 09/2020

For further information: Esigelec sheet  Cerema project sheet




DAISI (Data science) is a project co-funded by the Erdf and distributed by the Normandy Region. This upstream research project aims to structure work carried out in data sciences by bringing together the strengths and resources of the stakeholders involved to analyse large quantities of useful data, particularly for the urban environment.

Cerema works in the field of road safety and more precisely the estimation of behaviour and faulty trajectories such as incidents at intersections of rural roads. This work follows on from the RoadTrac project funded by the Normandy Region.

Project start and end: 10/2016 - 09/2020




Ezponda («Cliff» in the Basque language) is a project initiated by the Basque Country Urban Community. Born from the reflections of a Basque Coast Scientific Interest Group, it is co-funded by the Erdf.  This applied research project studies the mechanical and chemical parameters leading to the weathering of rocky cliffs on the Basque coast and of defence structures. In particular, the project addresses the significant instability of the Basque cliffs (geological formations vulnerable to bad weather and heavy rains) and the defence structures of bays exposed to a rough ocean. Two sites are equipped and monitored: Falaise de la Corniche in Bidart, Route de la Corniche, the dykes and the Socoa Fort in Urrugne and Ciboure.

Cerema contributes to the development of methods to mobilise scientific knowledge in the service of the coastal operational management by creating tools adapted to the needs of communities. Thanks to its knowledge of coastal structures, it contributes to improving the methods for monitoring and maintaining these structures.

Project start and end: 01/2019 – 12/2020




MLA3 (Slow movements in the Alps: Anticipate and Develop) is a project co-funded under the Interregional Program of the Alps Range (POIA-ERDF) managed by the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region (in partnership with the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region).

It aims to better understand and model slow clay-type landslides, in a context of climate change, in order to better anticipate them and consider development in the affected areas. The project is based on the monitoring of pilot sites along the RN85 (Route Napoléon). For each pilot site, the project involves discussion with all the stakeholders of the affected regions (one third of the budget devoted to Human and Social Sciences) to improve the management of the risk related to this type of slowly evolving phenomenon. Four municipalities are involved, along with the Isère Departmental Council and the Interdepartmental Roads Directorate (DIR) Mediterranean, the Isère mountain land restoration service (RTM 38) and the Pôle Alpin des Risques Naturels (PARN) .

Cerema is involved in all 4 aspects of the project: (A) characterisation of massifs and knowledge of the sliding mechanisms at work, (B) instrumentation and monitoring of movements, (C) modelling to anticipate and (D) discussion around the management of risks induced by slow landslides.

Project start and end: 04/2018 - 03/2021 


Mechanism for interconnection in Europe - MIE



C-ROADS France is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). C-ROADS France is a pilot project for the deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems and follows on from the European SCOOP project. It expands SCOOP to new regions and is working on the analysis and technical specification of new use cases including urban use cases and a smartphone application. It participates in the European C-Roads Platform, which collates feedback from national projects and foreshadows technical and functional upgrades to and orientations of future systems deployed throughout Europe.

Cerema is a partner in the project. It contributes to the drafting of functional and technical specifications for use cases. It also provides support in project management assistance to certain road managers involved. It helps in the validation and assessment of systems and use cases.

Project start and end: 04/2016 - 02/2020

For further information: CEF programme C-Roads France sheet      Cerema project sheet


Datex II PSA


Datex II PSA is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), launched in 2016. The project works on the European standard for the exchange of road traffic management data, DATEX II, in order to facilitate its deployment in Europe and extend its use to new areas related to the needs of users and decision-makers (urban environments, open data, cooperative intelligent transport systems known as C-ITS). The DATEX II standard is used to standardise the exchange of information between road managers, data providers and users, in particular across borders.

Cerema is the French partner of the project. It manages the «location data part» of the DATEX II standard and contributes, in particular, to the documents issued to users, the drafting of standards (CEN/TS 16157 series of the European Committee for Standardization - CEN) and their editing (2 of the 7 parts of the DATEX standard), along with the standardization of the use of DATEX II for C-ITS.

Project start and end: 2016-2020




EU-EIP, or European ITS Platform, is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It aims to deploy intelligent transport systems (ITS) in an integrated manner at the scale of trans-European road transport networks. It is based on a platform allowing national ministries, road managers and partners from the public and private sectors to cooperate to promote and optimise the harmonised deployment of ITS.

Cerema is a partner in the project and as such is involved in the development of guidelines for the deployment of ITSs for traffic management, information services to freight and logistics stakeholders. It also contributes to defining the quality criteria for ITS services, for the deployment of autonomous vehicles and cooperative systems, as well as to the data exchange standard (DATEX II). It is also involved in the assessment of ITS deployment. Additionally, Cerema carries the French positions on ITS on behalf of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (MTES).

Project start and end: 07/2015 - 12/2020

For further information: EU ITS Platform sheet of the CEF programme



CEF programme

FENIX,« A European FEderated Network of Information eXchange in Logistics», is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).   It aims to deploy and test intelligent transport services (ITSs) for freight and logistics on a dozen European multimodal exchange and transport corridors, three of which are in France. FENIX is coordinated by ERTICO and brings together 26 partners from 12 European countries, including 6 French partners. It is a continuation of the AEOLIX (Horizon 2020) project, of which Cerema is a partner.

Cerema supports the deployment of equipment and services pertaining to the access and port area of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille as part of the Lyon-Avignon-Marseille Mediterranean corridor. Cerema integrates the dematerialisation of transport procedures, particularly those relating to hazardous goods, into the project.

Project start and end: April 2019 - March 2022



CEF programme

InDiD is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It is the logical continuation of the European cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) projects SCOOP@F, C-ROADS France and InterCor in which Cerema participates. The project aims to expand coverage to new experimental sites, and to develop new use cases that address the urban environment, along with increased autonomous vehicle perception use cases. By deploying connectivity to infrastructure, InDiD will improve safety and cooperative traffic management. Coordinated by the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, it brings together 24 partners including communities, road managers and companies in the sector.

Cerema is responsible for the development of some of the specifications of the global system, consisting of connected vehicles, roadside units, vehicle management units and managers' platforms, and for upgrades to the European road traffic management data exchange standard, DATEX II.

Project start and end: summer 2019 - 2023



InterCor is a project funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It is a pilot deployment project of cooperative intelligent transport systems and services (C-ITS) with a more specific focus on freight and heavy traffic. The network covered is in France, England, Flanders and the Netherlands (London- Lille - Paris - Rotterdam). InterCor drives the C-ROADS platform.

Cerema is not a partner in the Intercor project, but provides support to the Interdepartmental Directorates of the Roads Involved (DIR).

Project start and end: 09/2016 – 02/2020

For further information: CEF programme InterCor Sheet



European Commission - DG MOVE




European Framework Architecture or FRAME NEXT for Intelligent Transport Services is a project funded by the European Commission's Transport Policy Department (DG-Move). Coordinated by AustriaTech, it offers a method and tool to improve and extend the existing Common European Architecture (FRAME Architecture) for the deployment of intelligent transport services (ITS) in Europe. The project involves the development of new ITS services in Member States: interoperability of the mandatory automatic emergency call «eCall» system for all new models of passenger vehicles, and C-ITS services (real-time information in connected vehicles such as site alerts, unannounced and dangerous events, road traffic and alternative route, parking park and multimodality option etc.). An online support platform for use of the FRAME architecture will be provided.

Cerema is a partner of the project alongside the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (MTES/DGITM) and the association ATEC ITS France.

Project start and end: 06/2017 - 06/2021



European Commission - DG MARE




SIMAtlantic (Supporting Implementation of Maritime Space Planning in the Atlantic) is funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs (DG-Mare) (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund - EMFF). The project aims to exchange best practices and data for the implementation of the European Directive on Maritime Use Planning (DCPEM), which is intended to exploit but protect the European maritime area in a sustainable way. In particular, it will produce a web platform for accessing maps to improve citizens' knowledge of these coastal and maritime issues. Coordinated by the Irish University of Cork, the project brings together eleven partners from the five European countries of the Atlantic Arc (France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Ireland).

Cerema assists in identifying the geographical and environmental characteristics of the Atlantic Arc (data on the nature of the seabed, bathymetry, biological data, etc.) and in the production of innovative data dissemination tools. Cerema thus enhances its involvement in the implementation of the national maritime and coastal strategy.

Project start and end: July 2019 - July 2021

For further information: Marine Spatial Planning Platform sheet



COST Network


European COST GABI network

Réseau européen COST GABI

The European COST GABI network - Shallow geothermal application for buildings and infrastructures - focuses on the design and integration of geothermal systems in elements of foundations, supports or tunnels. The COST GABI network is run by Ifsttar and brings together 27 countries.

Cerema participates in working group 4 on the specific mechanical design of these structures. In particular, Cerema organised a benchmark on the mechanical justification of geothermal piles, which allowed the various approaches available to be assessed and evaluated. This work is in line with Cerema's efforts in the field since 2009, notably through the ANR GECKO project (2012-2015) and its participation in the drafting of guidelines under the aegis of CFMS and SYNTEC.

Project start and end: 2015 – 2019


European COST 341 network

Réseau européen COST 341

The European COST 341 Habitat Fragmentation network due to Transportation Infrastructure is a European network created in 1998 under the leadership of Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE), which addresses the issues of fragmentation of wildlife habitats resulting in the creation of linear transport infrastructures. It is led by the IENE and brings together 16 countries and one NGO. The work of the COST ended in 2003, though the guide produced in 2003 is currently being updated; Editing will be in web format only.

Cerema is an active contributor to the updating of the COST 341« European Wildlife - Traffic Handbook» and thus enhances its national expertise in monitoring and assessing impacts and solutions, wildlife crossings, and compensatory measures.





Application of innovation for the development of the circular economy for sustainable construction in the Mediterranean. The RE-MED project is funded by the « IEV CTFT Mediterranean Maritime Basin» for Cross-Border Cooperation programme (IEV CTF Med 2014-2020) co-funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

The RE-MED project plans to transfer and test technologies to convert construction and demolition waste into resources to reduce environmental and health impacts due to failures in the management of this type of waste. The challenge of this technology transfer is to start the construction of a construction and demolition waste recycling circuit and to turn it into a lever for the social, environmental and digital transition of the Mediterranean regions.

The project will involve structured training, decision support tools (methodological guides, business models, data sharing platform, environmental impact calculations, standards projects) and testing of new technologies (BIM, 3D modelling of road degradation readings). It links research stakeholders (universities, technical centres) with SMEs and industrialists (construction companies, quarries, etc.) involved in the chain of activity related to construction and demolition waste (production, sorting, processing, and recovery).

Project start and end: September 2020 to March 2023

For further information: Programme website


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