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Europe’s Rail Call for Proposals 2024 is open for submissions

Projects worth €21,7 million, are expected to be funded under the Europe’s Rail Call for Proposals 2024, now open for submissions until 7 May 2024 at 17:00 CET. The deadline for the EU-Rail JU call for proposals HORIZON-ER-JU-2024-01, initially foreseen on 7 May 2024, is extended until 5 June 2024 17:00 (Brussels Local Time).

With this Call for Proposals, the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking intends to build synergies with the Smart Network and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), addressing the digital and automated testing and operation validation of the next EU rail communication system, in a Flagship Project. The topic further supports the work done in Europe’s Rail Flagship Area 2 by taking into account the results of the Europe’s Rail Flagship Project 2 R2DATO and Flagship Project 6 FutuRe. In addition, with this Call, Europe’s Rail will build upon the results of the Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 5, the European Digital Automatic Coupler Delivery Programme,  and upon the work being delivered by Europe’s Rail Flagship Project 5 TRANS4M-R  to address, in a new Flagship Project, the technical steps needed for Full Digital Freight Train Operations, further supporting the work done in Europe’s Rail Flagship Area 5. Lastly, the Call aims to strengthen the collaboration of the different hyperloop promoters in the technology convergence of the hyperloop solutions by defining the operational, safety and reliability aspects and assessing the economic viability, thus supporting Flagship Area 7.

For more information on the topics of the Call, please consult our Work Programme 2024. 

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Questions regarding the Call for Proposals 2024

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.

Please note that all Call related questions shall be addressed only to the Europe’s Rail Call helpdesk, writing to Answers will be anonymised and published on a regular basis in the Funding and Tender Portal and on this Europe’s Rail webpage up to 14 days before the Call closure deadline.

In this respect, participants are encouraged to take into account, in their proposal preparation, the clarifications to Call-related issues that can be brought by the Europe’s Rail through the Q&A mechanism. The deadline for Q&A related to this Europe’s Rail Call for Proposals is 23th April 2024 (Brussels Local Time).

Useful documentation

All Call documents can be found in the Funding and Tender opportunities portal, for each Call topics.

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking Info Day 2024 and matchmaking

The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking organised a dedicated Information Day on Call for Proposals 2024 on 9 February, online.

Participants had the opportunity to get an overview of the aims of the Europe’s Rail Research and Innovation Programme and get introduced to the possibilities to get involved in making rail a more attractive transport mode for both people and businesses in Europe. During the day, participants found out more details about the Call topics and the legal and financial considerations. You can access the presentation here and watch the recording here.

A matchmaking platform is available to participants who wish network with like-minded experts via the below mentioned link*.

Matchmaking platform

*Please note that the matchmaking platform is complementary and does not replace the European Commission tools allowing applicants to look for partners. Most importantly, pay attention that the submission of the proposal should only be done in the F&T portal. No project idea/expertise uploaded on the matchmaking tool will be considered for evaluation.