Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking awards first research and innovation grants
The very first call for proposals for rail research and innovation activities by Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking will see six project receive a total of 568,4 million euros in funding. The projects will involve more than 200 firms from 14 countries.
The six projects that are to receive funding will drive work in a variety of fields, ranging from network management and the automation and digitalisation of rail operations to sustainable and resilient systems, rail freight in the supply chain perspective and regional and capillary lines. That said, they will all work towards the same goal, namely “the deployment of innovative operational and technological solutions in the European network.”
The list in full is as follows:
- Mobility management multimodal environment and digital enablers – Hacon Ingenieurgesellschaft, Germany
- Rail to Digital automated up to autonomous train operation – SNCF, France
- Holistic and integrated asset management for Europe’s rail system – Adif, Spain
- Sustainable and green rail systems – Alstom, France
- Transforming Europe’s rail freight, Deutsche Bahn, Germany
- Delivering innovative rail services to revitalise capillary lines and regional rail services – Faiveley Transport, France
Bringing the European rail sector together
“The success of the rail system convergence towards a ‘one’, seamless, resilient, interoperable, sustainable and efficient network will depend on the capacity of the sector to work together, re-invent itself, and leverage its strengths with a user-centric approach in mind”, Carlo Borghini, executive director at Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking, said.
“The large flagship projects funded under this very first Europe’s Rail Call for Proposals do exactly this – they bring together the European rail sector and allow it to transform itself through an integrated system approach that will benefit the European passengers and supply chain, and answer to EU policy objectives.”
A second call for proposals will follow later this month. Europe’s Rail JU wants to issue similar calls on a yearly basis going forward.