An EU research programme to develop a more efficient 21st-century rail network has launched its first two open calls for proposals, covering 15 topics with a total budget of €26.1 million. Dorota Szeligowska, programme manager for Shift2Rail, told Craig Nicholson what applicants need to know.
The Shift2Rail joint undertaking is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and industry. It aims to help increase the capacity and reliability of Europe’s railways and reduce costs by funding research and innovation in all aspects of the rail system.
There are nine founding members and 19 associated members for the project, but at least 30 per cent of the maximum EU contribution of €450m has to be awarded to non-members.