Europe’s Rail first call for proposals has been launched with projects worth EUR 390 million which benefit a EUR 234 million co-funding from Horizon Europe supporting the research and innovation activities. The submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2022.
“I am looking forward to receiving applications from a variety of entities eligible under Horizon Europe, ensuring that we have an open and inclusive programme, bringing together the research community, SMEs, operators, infrastructure managers and suppliers,” Carlo Borghini, Executive Director at Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking said.
The call which includes 6 topics is part of the framework of the Europe’s Rail Annual Work Programme 2022-2024 and sets the basis for rail to accelerate its contribution to the European Green Deal, the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and the Fit for 55 Package, in a context of recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The systemic approach introduced by the programme’s System Pillar will frame the works.
“Europe’s Rail and its partners play a key role in making rail travel future-proof. The launch of the Call for Proposals will fund projects driving digitalisation and automation within rail, and further improving environmental performance in line with the EU Green Deal and Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy objectives. I count on diverse, European consortia to respond in large numbers, to help us make rail more efficient and competitive,” Henrik Hololei, the Director-General for Mobility and Transport at European Commission, said.
Europe’s Rail first call, which is expected to raise high interest in the transport community and beyond, is built upon the results of the Shift2Rail Programme to reach high TRL levels, paving the way to the deployment of innovative operational and technological solutions in the areas of European rail network management, automation and digitalisation of rail operations, sustainable and resilient systems, rail freight in the supply chain perspective and regional and capillary lines.
The Europe’s Rail, with 25 founding members has been officially launched in February.