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Shift2Rail awards 19 grants for its Call for Proposals 2020

Shift2Rail awards 19 grants for its Call for Proposals 2020

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 28 July 2020


Shift2Rail awards 19 grants for its Call for Proposals 2020

19 projects worth €147.7 million will be funded under the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking 2020 Call for Proposals for research & innovation activities. Shift2Rail’s co-funding will amount up to €75.4 million. The new projects will deliver key Shift2Rail results through technological demonstrators and pave the way to the successor programme.

The Shift2Rail JU Members will undertake 8 of the new projects selected in the Call for Proposals 2020. Members’ activities will have a total value of €125.7 million, co-funded by Shift2Rail up to €55.4 million.
11 additional Open Call projects, open for applications to any entity in the EU and associated Horizon 2020 countries, have also been selected for funding. These projects have a total value of €22.0 million, of which up to €20.0 million will be funded by the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

In total, 242 participants will develop new solutions for railway systems under the 2020 Call for Proposals. SMEs represent 29% of the entities selected in the Open Call projects.

Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, expressed his high expectations for the selected projects: “This is an important transition moment for Shift2Rail and the rail research and innovation community at large. These new projects are our ticket to moving into the successor programme and beyond R&I to market uptake of our forward-looking solutions. At a time when the expectations from rail are high, we stand ready to work together with our Members and partners on these new projects which will start in an unprecedented context, contributing to Europe’s recovery from the Coronavirus crisis as well as the achievement of the European Green Deal goals.’’

With this Call for Proposals, and in only 4 years, Shift2Rail will have invested its full budget of €0.4 billion cumulatively in research and innovation activities (including Lighthouse Projects) accomplishing its mandate to recover the initial delays and accelerate the delivery of the Programme’s innovative solutions. This will result in research and innovation activities performed by the Members and third parties estimated at €1.0 billion by the end of the Programme, with a measurable leverage effect: a tangible answer to European policy objectives expressing the needs of rail clients and freight businesses.

The results achieved so far, brought to the technological demonstrators’ level by these new projects, are a sign of the sector’s deep commitment towards a major rail system transformation for Europe’s most smart and green mobility and transport for freight and passengers: the sector’s High Level Paper on Transforming Europe’s Rail System is a strong confirmation of this endeavour.

About the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
Shift2Rail is the first European rail public private partnership tasked with developing strategically focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions, integrating these to create the railway systems of the future. With a total value of €920 million for the period 2014-2020, funded through the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, Shift2Rail is promoting the competitiveness of the European rail industry, ensuring the attractiveness of rail as a safe and sustainable low carbon transport mode. This way, Shift2Rail aims to meet the changing transport/mobility needs of EU citizens and the economy.

Moving around Europe seamlessly

Moving around Europe seamlessly

Curious to learn more about multimodal journey planning, offer building, booking, issuing, ticketing, validation and location-based experiences? Join us to see all this and more in our Shift2Rail webinar series on seamless door-to-door travel tools!

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Keeping industry consortia on the rails

Keeping industry consortia on the rails

My winning proposal: Keeping industry consortia on the rails

Understanding industry perspectives is crucial when coordinating bids for EU public-private funding

Top tips:

  • Make the most of collaborators with industry expertise in putting together grant proposals, rather than thinking you can do everything
  • Leverage your contacts and existing commercial partners to attract further collaborators
  • Bear in mind that academic and industry partners may have different priorities regarding outcomes


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Shift2Rail October Newsletter

Shift2Rail October Newsletter

Last chance to take part in the consultation on Europe's rail system

Do you know that you can express your opinion on a new European Institutional Partnership for rail research and innovation for the next Programming period 2021 – 2027? Make sure to take part by 6 November and tell your colleagues to also! Take the opportunity to make your views heard!

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Shift2Rail - Partner of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019

Shift2Rail - Partner of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019

Shift2Rail are proud partners of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019.

The conference reunites leading industry professionals from across the globe to embrace insight into the future of rail technology and the present demands facing the industry today. You can view the current programme here.

We're offering you 20% off 2019 delegate passes! Simply register your place and enter code SPONSOR20 to claim your discount. With just under four months to go, don't miss this valuable opportunity.

As a delegate, you will have access to all sessions, the opportunity to interact with speakers and panellists, the exhibition area, lunch, refreshments and post-event drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you in November!

 

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Register for Innovation in Freight Conference!

Register for Innovation in Freight Conference!

First results of M2O will be introduced to the audience of The Innovation in Freight Conference. The Innovation in Freight Conference will take place on 18 June 2019 in Munich, and will cluster the results of seven projects (ARCC, FR8RAIL, FR8HUB, SMART, FFL4E, M2O, INNOWAG) running under Shift2Rail’s freight innovation programme, known as IP5. A wide spectrum of freight-related topics will be covered, ranging from new locomotive designs, longer and heavier trains, real time management of main lines and yards, intelligent freight wagon concepts, and automation and digitalisation of terminals to name but a few.

For four of the projects coming to a close, the conference will represent their final dissemination event (INNOWAG, SMART, FR8RAIL and FFL4E). All projects have a common vision aiming at increasing the performance of the rail freight system by bringing value to customers, operators, the environment and society.

Participants of the Innovation in Freight Conference will also get a discounted entry to the SmartRail 2019 conference, taking place during the same period in Munich (25% discount for industry representatives, and 40% discount for government and academic participants).

The number of places available at the Innovation in Freight Conference are limited.

REGISTER HERE

New S2R study shows great market potential for Hydrogen in Rail throughout Europe

New S2R study shows great market potential for Hydrogen in Rail throughout Europe

A new study by Roland Berger on FCH train technology, commissioned by Shift2Rail and Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertakings, is just out. The study analyses the state of the art, the business case, the market potential, specific case studies and technical and non-technical barriers to the use of FCH technology in different rail applications.


In order to know more about this study and to participate to the S2R workshop where the results will be presented, please click on:
https://shift2rail.org/news/new-study-fch-technology-in-the-railway-environment/

Shift2Rail’s 2019 Information Day: Open Call for Proposals

Shift2Rail’s 2019 Information Day: Open Call for Proposals

Where and when it will take place? 
TheS2R 2019 InfoDay will take place at “The square” conference center in Brussels on February 6th 2019.

What is it about?
Our 2019 Information Day will provide you with an overview of the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Programme, focusing in particular on the upcoming funding opportunities under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 Programme.


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