HERMES aims to develop a closer and more effective communication between researchers working in the field of transport technologies in the EU, and their counterparts around the world by facilitating the exchange of information and developing a framework for long term collaboration.The project, coordinated by the University of Newcastle (NewRail), gathers the foundation WEGEMT (European association of universities carrying out research in marine technology), the European Aeronautics Science Network, Euromobilita (SME specialising in IT with an expertise on transport) and UIC. It also relies on the association and active support of the Transportation Research Board (USA), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia) and the Institute of Transport Economics (Japan).HERMES will establish a common portal for accessing information from databases of past and ongoing research projects worldwide, in collaboration with database managers. As part of these activities HERMES will seek to obtain agreement for a harmonisation of database architectures, so that information can be accessed easily by researchers.A second aspect of the HERMES project is to engage the major players in transport research worldwide and bring them together in round table discussions to address the obstacles and concerns that restrict closer international collaboration in transportation R&D and provide a list of recommendations that will allow the creation of a truly global transport research community.