Photo: Deutsche Bahn
Project are expected as the Joint Undertaking backed by the European Commission and the rail industry published its first calls for proposals endowed with €170 million to support innovation in railways. Projects will have to demonstrate their ability to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel.
Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport said: “Investing in innovation is critical to create jobs and get Europe to grow, two main priorities of the Commission. With today’s calls for proposals, we want to pool the expertise from stakeholders towards these goals. Keeping European rail at the forefront of innovation will open new markets globally for our companies. It will also make rail more attractive for passengers and businesses. This is essential to reach our ambitious transport decarbonisation objectives.”
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 calls for proposals and all relevant documents are accessible via the Participant Portal and the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking website . The deadline for submissions of proposals is 17 March 2016, 17:00 CET.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: European Commission
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