Ukraine plays a strategic role in facilitating East-West transport connections using the country's strategic road network. It cannot, however, handle the increasing traffic load due to insufficient technical parameters. The overall objective of the INCRIS project is to ensure that the cooperation capacities of the Ukraine's leading road research centre, the Shulgin State Road Research Institute (DNDI), are reinforced to both foster its integration into the European Research Area (ERA) and improve road infrastructure in the Ukraine through joint research. The project aims to establish strategic partnerships between DNDI and EU road research centres to facilitate knowledge sharing.

The INCRIS project will also help DNDI set up joint research programmes through networking and strengthen the ability of Ukrainian researchers to take part in future FP7-funded research projects through training on project management, accompanied by the secondment of DNDI staff to the Brussels office of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL). The sharing and dissemination of knowledge between DNDI and research institutes in member states will be facilitated through a bilingual website, the translation of DNDIís scientific results into English and dissemination through various channels. A bilingual project brochure will also be produced and participation of DNDI researchers in international conferences in the partner countries will be supported. In addition, the project will assist DNDI in building a research strategy to increase its scope and regional coverage in the Ukraine, as well as improve its responses to the socio-economic needs of the country. Eventually, the project will contribute to improving transport infrastructure in the Ukraine through enabling researchers to find the best solutions, either initiated locally or by adapting existing know-how while taking sustainability into account.

Project Coordinator: Ms. Kateryna Krayushkina, DNDI

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