19 projects worth €152.6M will be funded under the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking 2018 Call for Proposals for Research and Innovation activities. Shift2Rail’s co-funding will amount up to €77.3M
Shift2Rail JU Members will undertake seven of the new projects selected in the Call for Proposals 2018. Members’ activities will have a total value of €134.1M, co-funded by S2R up to €59.6 million.
In addition, 12 additional "open call projects, open for applications to any entity in the EU and associated Horizon 2020 countries, were selected for funding. These projects have a total value of €18.5M, 95.7% of which will be funded by the EU.
In total, 185 participants will develop new solutions for railway systems under the 2018 S2R Call for Proposals. SMEs represent 31.5% of the entities selected in the Open Call projects.
Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, is convinced that the new projects will build on the first Shift2Rail results paving the way to the next generation of railways: “This is a crucial opportunity to invest in projects that will make railways safer, more flexible and more reliable but also cheaper to maintain. Innovation is essential for rail to become the preferred transportation option for tomorrow”, he says.
Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail JU, expressed his high expectations for the selected projects: “We are entering an interesting phase with some of the projects approaching system prototype demonstrations, testing the results from ‘paper’ research in real-life conditions. Some of them will also try to implement radical new ideas. We want to boost research activities while also supporting disruptive innovation to advance railway systems”.
After this Call for Proposals, Shift2Rail will have cumulatively invested €490M in Research & Innovation activities, which corresponds to more than half of its 2014-2020 Budget.