Call for proposals 2020 - H2020 - Shift2Rail JU call proposals 2020 H2020-S2RJU-2020 Closed!


The overall objectives for the S2R JU programme in 2020 are the following:

  • To progress in the R&I activities, taking into account the review of the MAAP made in 2017 and ongoing in 2019, with the objective of, as far as possible, prioritize and accelerate some activities; this will be achieved through the award of grants/contracts resulting from call(s) for proposals and/or call(s) for tenders;
  • To ensure that the 2020 wave of calls for proposal and/or tenders takes due consideration of the relevant results achieved by the ongoing projects and that relevant mechanisms to address it are embedded in the specific agreements and or contracts. In addition, it should be duly focused on technology demonstrators’ results; With regard to the latter, to ensure demonstration activities are duly prepared and performed also in view of the authorisation/certification processes for their testing in operational environments, together with ERA and national authorities
  • To ensure that the assessment of intermediary and/or final results and the respective payments are made within the set time limits for the relevant agreements and/or contracts;
  • To follow up and provide due feedback on the implementation of the Lump Sum Pilot Grants, in line with the simplification measure introduced by the Commission, while providing for sound financial management;
  • To contribute to the preparation of railway R&I beyond the present Programme, covering the full spectrum of R&I activities from Blue Sky and fundamental Research to demonstrations and management deployment;
  • To monitor and ensure the continuous follow up of the actions agreed at the S2R JU Governing Board in response to the recommendations of the interim evaluations of the S2R JU;
  • To support the Commission in its outreaching activities, including outside Europe, in accordance with the provisions of Article 2(k) of the S2R Statutes


Overall, the following types of activities have been identified:

  • projects progressing up to TRL 7 by 2022 which build on the work conducted in the Lighthouse Projects and the last S2R calls;
  • projects achieving lower TRL by 2022, which embed some flexibility and may result in readjusted innovative solutions more adapted to the evolving medium-term needs;
  • ”blue sky” and fundamental research projects (mostly OC Projects) which may offer the opportunity to plant the seeds of the future R&I work beyond 2020, still in line with the time horizon considered in the Master Plan. This activity in exploratory research is essential to ensure that the railway system evolves to capture the mobility needs of the passengers and logistic aspects beyond addressing identified shortcomings;
  • Innovation activities to establish the baseline upon which S2R JU Innovative solutions will be built, such as those needed to support the implementation of the European Deployment Plan related to ERTMS.

This call covers the following topics:

  • S2R-CFM-IP1-01-2020: Demonstrators for the next generation of traction systems, smart maintenance, virtual validation and eco-friendly HVAC, and Technical research on battery and hydrogen powered regional trains (BEMU/ HMU) (IP1/IP3)   
  • S2R-CFM-IP1-02-2020: Validation of new technologies for the TCMS   
  • S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2020: Completion of activities for Adaptable Communication, Moving Block, Fail safe Train Localisation (including satellite), Zero on site Testing, Formal Methods and Cyber Security
  • S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2020: Research into optimised and future railway infrastructure
  • S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2020: Enhancing IP4 Ecosystem
  • S2R-CFM-IP5-01-2020: Formulation of the freight train of the future
  • S2R-CFM-IPX-01-2020: Advanced Functions towards Autonomous Trains
  • S2R-CFM-IPX-CCA-02-2020: Evolution of Railways System Architecture and Conceptual Data Model (CDM)
  • S2R-OC-CCA-01-2020: Noise and Vibration (WA5)
  • S2R-OC-IP1-01-2020: Support to Development of next generation of Traction systems (TD1.1)
  • S2R-OC-IP1-02-2020: Network and end-device equipment for the validation of the next generation of TCMS (TD1.2)
  • S2R-OC-IP1-03-2020: Innovative technologies for Carbodies and Running Gear of the future (TD1.3 + TD 1.4)
  • S2R-OC-IP2-01-2020: Modelling of the Moving Block system specification and future architecture (TD2.3) + RAIM algorithms, Assessment Report and support for Railway Minimum Operational Performance Standards (TD2.4)
  • S2R-OC-IP2-02-2020: Study on alternative bearers and on communication protocols
  • S2R-OC-IP3-01-2020: Next Generation Track Transition Zones (TD3.4)
  • S2R-OC-IP3-02-2020: Technology Development for Railway Systems Asset Management (TD3.6)
  • S2R-OC-IP3-03-2020: Advanced tools and equipment: collaborative robots & wearable mobile machines (TD3.8)
  • S2R-OC-IP4-01-2020: Supporting the implementation of the IP4 multi-modal transport ecosystem (iTD4.7)
  • S2R-OC-IPX-01-2020: Innovation in guided transport

European community funding

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

  • 75,45 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 21 April 2020 - more than one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

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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