Projects worth 146.6 million will be funded under the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) 2020 Call for Proposals for Research & Innovation activities, within the framework of the S2R Annual Work Plan 2020. The application period is now open, and submissions will be accepted until 21 April 2020.

With 19 topics of which 8 are open to S2R Members (CFM) and 11 to non-JU Members (OC), this Call is expected to raise high interest in the transport community and beyond.

The indicative H2020 co-funding made available by the S2R JU for this Call is 75.4 million, out of an estimated projects’ value of around 146.6 million.

The S2R JU is looking forward to a broader participation to the 2020 Call, both geographically and in terms of synergies, allowing for new S2R activities that will demonstrate to the sector at large the potential for innovation to deliver a bright future for railway.

Questions regarding the Call for Proposals 2020

Please note that proposals may be edited and re-submitted multiple times until the call deadline/cut-off date, using the same proposal number. The system will only keep the most recent version that is submitted.

After the call deadline, the proposal may normally no longer be changed nor supplemented, unless it is to correct an obvious clerical error.

Candidates therefore take full responsibility for submitting and validating their proposal before the call deadline.

Moreover, participants are encouraged to take into account, in their proposal preparation, the clarifications to call-related issues that can be brought by the S2R JU through the Question & Answer process published on a regular basis in the Participant Register and on the S2R JU website up to 15 days before the call closure deadline.

Any further question can be addressed to Answers will be anonymised and published on this website. Please note that the deadline for questions related to Shift2Rail Call for Proposals is Tuesday 7 April 2020 at 17:00 (Brussels Local Time).

How Shift2Rail Funding Works

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 through calls for proposals or call for tenders accessible to members only. At least 30 % of the Shift2Rail budget will be implemented by way of competitive calls for proposals and calls for tenders 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.

As a consequence, the eligibility criteria is differentiated between members and non-members. Topics identified under S2R-CFM-IPX/CCA-XX-2020 are open to Members only and those identified by S2R-OC-IPX/CCA-XX-2020 to non-members only. Details about the different types of calls are available in the subsections above and here. Nevertheless, non-members can participate to the research and innovation activities of members’ projects as linked third parties or subcontractors.

The Collaboration Agreement document is a template aimed at assisting project beneficiaries in the context of S2R JU complementary grants in the drafting of their collaboration agreement required by their Grant Agreement.

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Source: Shift2Rail