19 projects will receive a EUR 147.7 million funding under the Shift2Rail 2020 call for proposals for research and innovation activities. EUR 75.4 million is the co-financing of the Shift2Rail.
The organisation’s members will undertake 8 of the selected projects which will have a total value of EUR 125,7 million, with a EUR 55.4 million Shift2Rail’s co-funding.
11 additional open call projects opened for applications to any entity of the EU and associated Horizon 2020 countries have been selected for a total value of EUR 22 million, of which up to EUR 20 million will be funded by the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.
In total, 242 participants will develop new solutions for railway systems under the Shift2Rail 2020 call for proposals opened at the beginning of the year. SMEs represent 29% of the entities selected in the open call 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,” Carlo Borghini, the Executive Director of the Shift2Rail JU said.
Under the 2020 call, 43 proposals were submitted, of which 8 from the members and 35 under the open call. EUR 185.8 million was the total value of the projects, with a EUR 113.3 million requested funding.
In 4 years, Shift2Rail invested its full budget of EUR 400 million cumulatively in research and innovation activities, which include 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 EUR 1 billion by the end of the Programme.