The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (JU) is a new public-private partnership in the rail sector, established under Article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, providing a platform for the rail sector as a whole to work in unison with a view to driving innovation in the years to come. The Shift2Rail JU will conduct all rail research led in Horizon 2020.
The objectives of the Shift2Rail JU should be achieved by means of supporting research and innovation (R&I) activities by using resources from the public and private sectors. To this end, the Shift2Rail JU will organise calls for proposals supporting research, demonstration and deployment activities. Specific information on calls for proposals or tenders organised by Shift2Rail JU in a given year are available in the Annual Work Plan of Shift2Rail JU for the given year (available in the ‘Reference documents’ section).
As specified in Article 17 of the Shift2Rail Statutes (Annex I to Shift2Rail Founding Regulation), up to 70 % of the Shift2Rail JU budget will be implemented directly by the members of Shift2Rail JU (founding and associated members) and their affiliated entities following calls for proposals accessible to members only. At least 30 % of the Shift2Rail budget will be implemented through open, competitive calls accessible only to entities which are not members of the Shift2Rail JU (founding or associated), nor constituent entities of members in the form of consortia or groupings, nor affiliated entities either to the Shift2Rail JU members or to the constituent entities of members in the form of consortia or groupings. Details about this type of calls is available in the subsections above.
The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) last grant agreement related to 2015/2016 calls has been signed. All projects are now operational.
In June 2016, following two open calls for proposals, the S2R JU has awarded 27 grants.
The 27 S2R JU Other Members submitted project proposals to cover all 13 call topics open to them. The value of activities to be performed by the S2R JU Other Members during the next three years, amount to 142 ME that will be co-funded by the S2R JU up to 63 ME. These projects, which started on 1 September are well on their ramp up phase.
The applicants to the Open call for proposals for non-JU Members covered 14 out of 15 topics open to them. The value of the activities to be performed by the awarded consortia amount to 25ME and will be financed by the S2R JU up to 100% of the eligible costs. These projects have started between 1 October and 1 November 2016.
With its first calls for proposal the S2R JU launched 167 ME of complementary R&I activities and plan to grant 88 ME for their completion. A total of 454 participants applied to the different topics available under both the open calls and the calls designated for Members, of which 25% are SMEs. In the open calls funded projects only, more than 30% of the participants are SMEs.
A total of 56 proposals were submitted in response to S2R calls for proposals 2015 & 2016. Projects funded under this call began in October 2016 and are now fully operational. The number of proposals for each topic is shown below:
The topics that S2R launched, and that will start with projects this year, cover most areas of Shift2Rail’s programme, notably:
The four running Shift2Rail “lighthouse” projects in brief: