Shift2Rail (S2R) is an Horizon 2020 programme, and the 2017 call for proposals was published on 10 November 2016, it has an indicative budget of €60.8 million. The scope of this call programme is wide, making it suitable for a broad range of sectors to become involved.
The Shift2Rail joint undertaking (S2R JU) has published the 2017 call for proposals and its Annual Work Plan 2017 which outlines the scope of the Research and Innovation activities that S2R JU will perform in 2017, implemented through call(s) for proposals open to its Members and third parties as well as specific calls for tenders. It also details the governance structure of S2R JU and the underpinning 2017 Budget.
Rail Research & Innovation (R&I) conducted within the S2R JU must contribute to addressing the challenges faced by the rail sector, through a comprehensive and coordinated approach to research and innovation focusing on the needs of the rail system and of its users.
The S2R Master Plan is structured around five Innovation Programmes (IPs) and five cross-cutting themes and activities (CCA):
Innovation Programme 1 (IP1): Cost-efficient and reliable trains. The S2R Master Plan identifies seven priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP1:
Train Control and Monitoring System
Doors and Intelligent access systems
Innovation Programme 2: Advanced traffic management and control systems. The S2R Master Plan identifies seven priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP2:
· Smart, fail-safe communications and positioning systems
· Traffic Management Evolution
· Moving block (MB) and train integrity
· Smart procurement and testing
· Virtual coupling
· Cyber security.
Innovation Programme 3: Cost Efficient and Reliable High Capacity Infrastructure. The S2R Master Plan identifies six priority areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP3:
· New directions in switches and crossings
· Innovative track design and materials
· Cost effective tunnel & bridge solutions
· Intelligent system maintenance
· Energy efficiency
· Improved station concepts.
Innovation Programme 4: IT Solutions for attractive railway services. The S2R Master Plan identifies three priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP4:
· Technical framework
· Customer experience applications
· Multimodal travel services.
Innovation Programme 5: Technologies for sustainable and attractive European rail freight. The S2R Master Plan identifies eight priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken for IP5:
· Implementation Strategies and Business Analytics
· Freight Electrification, Brake and Telematics
· Access and Operation
· Wagon design
· Novel Terminal, Hubs, Marshalling yards, Sidings
· New Freight Propulsion Concepts
· Sustainable rail transport of dangerous goods
· Long-term vision for an autonomous rail freight system.
In addition to the five Innovation Programmes, the work of R&I activities will include cross-cutting activities (CCA) relevant to each of the different sub-systems and taking into account the interactions between these sub-systems.
The S2R Master Plan identifies five priority research and innovation areas in which activities should be undertaken with a view to achieving the objectives of the CCA:
· Long-term needs and socio-economic research
· Smart materials and processes
· System integration, safety and interoperability
· Energy and sustainability
· Human capital.
Indicative budget: €60.8 million S2R co-funding with estimated project value, including in kind contributions by S2R other members and affiliated entities: €112.4 million.
Proposals can be submitted from 10th January 2017 and the deadline is 30th March 2017.
The full work programme and other information on the Shift2Rail programme can be found here:
and on the EU website at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-s2rju-2017.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-S2RJU-2017/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc