Europe’s Railway Research and Innovation set to receive a major boost resulting from the 2017 Shift2Rail Call for Proposals with proposed projects worth nearly € 200 million.
In answer to its 2017 Call for Proposals, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking received 60 proposals for a total value of € 192.8 million and a funding request of € 136.5 million, equivalent to more than twice the available funding (€ 60.8 million).
With particular regard to the Call open to nonmembers, 53 proposals were submitted (on average five proposals per topic) with a request for funding nearly five times the amount available in the S2R JU Budget for 2017. Out of 412 participants, 29 per cent are SMEs.
Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport reinforced his support to Shift2Rail stating: 'I am confident that the proposed projects will bolster Shift2Rail’s ambitious objectives to foster competitive research and innovation actions in the railway industry through developing market driven solutions that meet EU transport needs.'
Applicants should be informed about the outcome of the evaluations by mid-June 2017. The R&I actions related to these Calls are expected to start on the 1 September 2017.
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