RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and Future Railway (a collaboration between Network Rail and RSSB to support innovation in the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy) have identified over 40 calls across four different ‘Societal’ or ‘industrial Leadership’ challenges in the European Commission’s recently published Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 that present significant opportunities for supporting collaborative research within, and with, the rail industry.
This new Work Programme, as a whole, offers a budget of almost €16 billion.
The SHIFT²RAIL joint undertaking is a separate Horizon2020 initiative focused on rail product solutions designed to help integrate technologies into innovative rail solutions. However, the latest Horizon 2020 calls also present opportunities for the rail sector, especially for collaborating across modes.
To help build awareness of these opportunities and foster potential collaborations, RSSB and KTN are hosting an Horizon 2020 Information Day on Friday 30 October, in central London.
Relevant funding calls and financial instruments in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 exist within the, using Commission jargon, 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies Information and Communication Technologies'; 'Secure, clean and efficient energy'; 'Smart, green and integrated transport'; and 'Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens' calls.
Within the 'Smart, green and integrated transport challenge' call, there are opportunities for rail in topics as diverse as logistics, safety, urban mobility, ports, skills and behavioural aspects of safer transport - a common thread for many of these being cross-modality.
RSSB is therefore keen to attract innovative SMEs, larger companies and academia currently operating inside as well as outside the rail industry. It is particularly seeking those interested in working across modes - such as marine, freight and logistics innovators.
RSSB is not only looking outside its own industry for potential collaborations, but is also looking to promote the value of the rail industry as attractive potential consortium partners for Horizon 2020, such as in providing use-cases to test technologies.
RSSB is aiming to create an open and engaging environment for discussion and there will be opportunities in the meeting for innovators to meet potential partners and other experts looking to form or be part of consortiums.
The event will provide opportunities to promote expertise and ideas, promote the rail industry as capable of forging successful consortia and provide understanding of how the rail industry can help with proposals for Horizon 2020 funding.
Speakers lined up so far include experts from RSSB, Network Rail, Transport Systems Catapult, RRUKA, the UK H2020 Transport National Contact Point and Secure Societies National Contact Point, and Knowledge Transfer Network
To promote your organisation, products, and skills, potential attendees are requested to register for the opportunity to give an elevator pitch. Spaces are limited so RSSB recommends registering interest as soon as possible.
Register to attend ‘Review of H2020 Work Programmes & Collaboration Opportunities with the Rail Industry’