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Shift2Rail launches first calls for projects including €26.1 million for open calls - information day to be held in Brussels on 20 January 2016

As previewed by Mark Gaddes of FutureRail at the RSSB and KTN Review of Horizon 2020 Work Programmes in October, Shift2Rail, the Joint Undertaking backed by the Commission and the rail industry, yesterday published its first calls for proposals, that it says will be “endowed with €170 million to support innovation in railways”.

The Commission will contribute €90 million, with the other €80 million being brought by the members of Shift2Rail. To be funded, proposals will need to demonstrate an ability to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel.

This first batch of calls covers the five Shift2Rail Innovation Programmes and is split into two categories: calls reserved for Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking members only, for a total value of €63.7 million, and open calls for a total value of €26.1 million. The open calls will be available to companies, universities, research institutes and others who are not Shift2Rail members.

The founding members of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking will be joined by 19 associated members from across Europe following the Commission Decision of 8 December 2015.


Call Topics

The 19 calls include 17 ‘Research and Innovation actions’, and 2 ‘Innovation actions’. All have deadlines of 5pm (Brussels time) on 17 March 2016.

Ten are open calls (marked with OC within titles), with topics covering long-term needs, energy approaches, noise reduction, safety, threat detection, IT virtualization, freight automation and communication systems.

Information Day 20 January 2016

An Info Day on the Shift2Rail open calls will be held in Brussels, Charlemagne Building on 20 January 2016. Any inquiries regarding the calls can also be addressed to :

Update: A draft agenda for the Shift2Rail Information Day for non-JU members (open calls) has been published on the Shift2Rail website. 


Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking associate members announced

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking has nine founding members: the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and eight members from the rail industry, consisting of rail equipment manufacturers Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Siemens, Thales and infrastructure managers Trafikverket and Network Rail.

A call for expressions of interest to become an associated member of the Joint Undertaking was launched in October 2014 (see IP/14/796layout-a-ext3 ) and has resulted in the selection of 19 associated members from across Europe. These include representatives of the railway operating community (railway operators and infrastructure managers from thirteen different countries), as well as specialist infrastructure and rolling stock suppliers and contractors, IT specialists, engineering service providers, high-tech SMEs, and research organisations and universities.

A list of associated members was released on 8 December by the Commission:

  • AERFITEC consortium
  • Amadeus IT Group SA
  • AZD Praha s.r.o.
  • CFW consortium
  • Deutsche Bahn AG
  • EUROC consortium
  • Faiveley Transport
  • HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH 10. Indra Sistemas S.A.
  • Kapsch CarrierCom
  • Knorr-Bremse GmbH
  • MER MEC S.p.A.
  • Patentes Talgo S.L.
  • Railenium Swi'TRACK'EN consortium
  • Smart DeMain consortium
  • SmartRaCon consortium
  • SNCF
  • Virtual Vehicle Austria consortium
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