The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) has received 43 proposals with a total funding request of close to €80 million for its 15 open call topics and total available budget of €26.1 million. The 27 S2R JU members have presented project proposals for the 13 call topics reserved to them. In addition to the €63 million they are requesting for these projects, the S2R JU members are planning to contribute €80 million themselves to the implementation of these projects. A total of 454 participants have applied to the open calls and the calls for members, of which 25% are SMEs.
“The application rate to the open calls should ensure that we have healthy competition in most of the topics. We are confident that this will result in the S2R JU funding excellent projects in all its Innovation Programmes. We are particularly enthusiastic to see the high participation rate of SMEs”, said Keir Fitch, Interim Executive Director of the S2R JU.
The evaluation of the proposals will start this month and will be completed by June 2016. Applicants should be informed on the outcome of the evaluations by mid July 2016.
Shift2Rail is the first European rail Public Private Partnership tasked with developing strategically-focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions, and with integrating these to create the railway system of the future. With a total value of 920M€ for the period 2014-2020, Shift2Rail is promoting the competitiveness of the European rail industry and ensuring the attractiveness of rail as a safe and sustainable low carbon transport mode. We need it to meet the changing transport/mobility needs of EU citizens and the economy.
The Shift2Rail initiative successfully started a year ago with the kick-off of four “lighthouse” projects with 52M€ of research paving the way for the main programme. In addition, since the beginning of 2016, the S2R JU members have been able to implement additional activities in support of the S2R JU work programme, which will add leverage and driving force to the Shift2Rail initiative.