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 was to ensure that the cooperation capacities of the Ukraine's leading road research centre, the Shulgin State Road Research Institute (DNDI), were reinforced to both foster its integration into the European Research Area (ERA) and improve road infrastructure in the Ukraine through joint research. The project aimed to establish strategic partnerships between DNDI and EU road research centres to facilitate knowledge sharing.

The INCRIS project has also help DNDI to 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 has been facilitated through a bilingual website, the translation of DNDI?s scientific results into English and dissemination through various channels. A bilingual project brochure hass also been produced and participation of DNDI researchers in international conferences in the partner countries have been supported. In addition, the project has 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 has 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: Mr. Valeriy Vyrozhemsky, DNDI

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