EUROPE: Another 17 research projects with a combined value of €110·9m have been selected for financing under the 2017 Call for Proposals, the Shift2Rail joint undertaking announced on June 14. These will share up to €60·1m of EU co-financing under the multi-year research programme.

The call for proposals had been issued in November, with a closing date of March 30. It attracted 60 applications from groups representing 412 organisations, with a total value of €192·8m. These applications were seeking co-financing totalling €136·5m, which was more than twice the €60·8m available.

Describing the response as ‘a record high’, Executive Director Carlo M Borghini said the JU had worked with a team of independent experts to ensure ‘a timely and effective evaluation’ in order to select the winning applications. He hoped this would enable the new projects to get underway ‘not later than September 1’.

The 27 Shift2Rail members submitted proposals under all seven of their reserved call topics with a total value of €91·4m; these will be co-funded up to €40·6m. The other 10 Open Call topics attracted 53 proposals requesting funding of €95·9m. Of these, 10 were selected to share the remaining €19·5m in this year’s budget.

Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility & Transport at the European Commission, who chairs the S2R Governing Board, said he was ‘confident that the selected projects will contribute to the overall objectives of the S2R programme, offering innovative market-driven solutions to improve railways in Europe.’

Projects selected under the Shift2Rail 2017 call for proposals

IPProjectCo-ordinatorTopicGrant, €m
Member callCCAImpact-2DLRMonitoring of cross-modal transport chains 3·1
IP1PivotBombardierVehicle/track performance improvements3·4
IP2X2Rail-2Ansaldo STSDynamic train control and traffic management13·4
IP3In2StempoNetwork RailFuture stations, energy monitoring and power supply6·0
IP4ConnectiveIndraConnecting the digital transport ecosystem3·5
IP4CohesiveThalesIntegrated travel services demonstration1·8
IP5Fr8HubTrafikverketReal time information for rail freight4·4
Open callCCASMaRTEUniversity of LeedsSmart maintenance and the rail traveller experience0·8
IP1Mat4RailCidetecFire retardant composite materials3·5
IP1Run2RailUNIFEInnovative running gear2·7
IP2ASTRailInst Mario BoellaSatellite-based signalling & automation1·8
IP2EtalonUNIFEEnergy harvesting for signalling & communications1·7
IP3In2DreamsUNIFEIntelligent energy and asset management2·2
IP3FairStationsStalliSecure and accessible stations1·2
IP3MolintE-GeosMulti-scale monitoring of infrastructure threats0·6
IP4MyTrackUniv Politecnica de CatalunyaMy travel companion3·5
IP5OptiyardUICOptimised real-time yard management1·5