The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has announced that eight projects worth EUR 13.1 million were selected under its 2022-2 Call for Proposals with a EUR 11.7 million EU-Rail co-financing. Around 100 entities from 22 countries will develop new solutions under the 2022-2 Call for Proposals and support the six large flagship projects already up and running since December 2022, working towards the building of a Single European Railway Area.
These projects are part of the Europe’s Rail programme to strengthen the scientific and technical discoveries covering exploratory research and innovation on new approaches for guided transport modes.
The eight new projects will support the creation of a rail scientific community, including PhDs, look into new railway station concepts for green and socially inclusive smart cities, support the development of an industrial roadmap for digital automatic couplers (DAC), as well as address and identify opportunities on how rail SMEs can build resilience in terms of European rail supply chain. In addition, they will develop harmonised methods to assess the European dynamic interface between railway bridges and rolling stock, providing input to the work on TSI to the European Union Agency for Railways, and provide an overview of rail freight services available in Europe with an easy free web interface. Other projects will also investigate disruptive innovations that can move from rail to road infrastructures, as well as look for use of maglev technology for traction power applicable to rail in Europe.
“I am looking forward to the results from the new R&I projects, which will provide the basis for further advancing Europe’s Rail and the rail sector scientific and technical knowledge, important not only during this European Year of Skills, but also in view of innovative solutions addressing the EU challenges,” Giorgio Travaini, Executive Director a.i. at Europe’s Rail, said.
The Call for Proposals 2022-2, as all EU-Rail calls, was open to all eligible entities in
accordance with Horizon Europe rules of participation, to ensure broader representation of the
European scientific expertise for rail and beyond.