Call for proposals 2018 - H2020 - SHIFT2RAIL Joint Undertaking 2018 H2020-S2RJU-2018 Closed!


The mission of the S2R JU is to coordinate and manage the Union R&I investments in the European rail sector. Its main objective is to implement the S2R Programme, R&I activities in the railway sector in Europe, through the collaboration between stakeholders of the entire railway value chain, also outside the traditional rail sector, with particular attention to SMEs, research and technology centres and universities.

Overall, the S2R JU shall:

  • to establish and develop — and ensure the effective and efficient implementation of — the S2R Master Plan, as referred to in Article 1(4) of the S2R Statutes;
  • contribute to the implementation of H2020 Regulation and in particular part of the Smart,Green and Integrated Transport Challenge under the Societal Challenges pillar of Decision No 2013/743/EU;
  • contribute to the achievement of the Single European Railway Area, to a faster and less costly transition to a more attractive, user-friendly (including for persons with reduced mobility), competitive, efficient and sustainable European rail system, and to the development of a strong and globally competitive European rail industry;
  • play a major role in rail-related research and innovation, ensuring coordination among projects within its overall Programme. It provides all stakeholders with relevant and available information on R&I activities funded across Europe. It shall also manage all rail-focused research and innovation actions co-funded by the Union;
  • actively promote the participation and close involvement of all relevant stakeholders from the full rail value chain and from outside the traditional rail industry. In particular, it fosters the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC (8);
  • develop demonstration projects in interested Member States including those that do not currently have a railway system established within their territory.


This call covers the following topics

  • S2R-CFM-CCA-01-2018: Virtual certification & smart planning
  • S2R-CFM-IP1-01-2018: Development of technology demonstrators for the next generation of traction systems and adhesion management systems
  • S2R-CFM-IP1-02-2018: Implementing new technologies for the TCMS
  • S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2018: Advanced Signalling, Automation and Communication System (IP2 and IP5)
  • S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2018: Research into optimized and future railway infrastructure
  • S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2018: Passenger service platform specifications for an enhanced multi-modal transport eco-system including Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • S2R-CFM-IP5-01-2018: Technology demonstrators for competitive, intelligent rail freight operation
  • S2R-OC-IP1-01-2018: Technical solutions for the next generation of TCMS
  • S2R-OC-IP2-01-2018: Analysis for Moving Block and implementation of Virtual Coupling concept
  • S2R-OC-IP2-02-2018: Modern methodologies and verifications for GNSS in Railways and virtual test environment
  • S2R-OC-IP2-03-2018: Communication environment assessment and validation
  • S2R-OC-IP3-01-2018: Measuring and monitoring devices for railway assets
  • S2R-OC-IP4-01-2018: Semantic framework for multimodal transport services
  • S2R-OC-IP4-02-2018: Supporting the implementation of the IP4 multi-modal transport ecosystem
  • S2R-OC-IP5-01-2018: Radio communication and simulation of train dynamics for Distributed Power within long trains
  • S2R-OC-IPX-01-2018: Paradigm shifts for railway
  • S2R-OC-IPX-02-2018: Transversal exploratory research activities and knowledge transfer
  • S2R-OC-IPX-03-2018: Innovative/breakthrough mobility concepts (with rail as backbone)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 78,73 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 24 April 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2018 (Work programme)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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