European Road Safety Charter
Good Practice

Good practice submission

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Good practice submission

Initiative details

Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
Students under the age of 35 living in Portugal and following a postgraduate, master’s or PhD course in a Portuguese higher education institution

Organisation details

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
The Road Safety Innovation Award recognises the merit and quality of the academic work produced inPortuguese universities; work that is all too often lacking in support and visibility. This annual award,which was first launched in 2016. The winner of the award receives a cash prize, enhanced domestic and international visibility, access to potential investors for their project and logistical support.
What are your objectives? 
Motivate and underpin scientific and technological research and development in Portugal
Disseminating innovative projects that have true commercial applicability
Encouraging road safety entrepreneurship

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Name of action 

The regulations for the award are published on the same dedicated site ( that entrants use to submit their candidatures. The jury is chaired by ACP and the remaining members represent BP Portugal, ANI and CRUP. During the candidature period, these partners publicise the initiative through their own channels. A particular effort, in the form of posters, is made to disseminate the award at Portuguese universities. The award ceremony takes place at the ACP head office. Last year’s winner went away with 10,000 euros, which is already being used to develop a prototype.


What has been the effect of the activities? 
The jury has closely monitored the progress being made by the award winner. Currently, the winner project is getting ready for the controlled environment testing phase. The jury will be present at these tests, which are expected to take place in June. The jury also keeps a close eye on the honourable mentions, which are both at slightly earlier stages of development.
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
The award is given out annually and is publicised through the channels normally employed by each ofthe partners (magazines, sites, social networks, web TV). The competition is also advertised through posters that are put up at all the country’s universities, particularly where they are likely to be seen bystudents of civil engineering. Last year's award ceremony and the winning project were reported on in newspapers, on Portuguese television and via the European and worldwide channels run by the International Automobile Federation.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 

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