Shift2Rail – The Call for Proposals 2018 is now published

Shift2Rail fosters the introduction of better trains to the market (quieter, more comfortable, more dependable, etc.), which operate on an innovative rail network infrastructure reliably from the first day of service introduction, at a lower life-cycle cost, with more capacity to cope with growing passenger and freight mobility demand. All this are developed by European companies, thereby increasing their competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Shift2Rail also contributes to the paradigm for the modal shift to attract users to rail. For EU passengers, this represents more travel options, more comfort and improved punctuality. For freight forwarder/shippers, rail freight offers a more cost-effective, punctual and traceable shipment option.

Projects worth €155.3 million will be financed under the 2018 Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) call for Railway Research & Innovation. 

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking has published the 2018 call for proposals, based on its amended Annual Work Plan 2018. Its closing date is set to 24 April 2018.

Access the S2R Call for Proposals 2018 here.

Submissions will be accepted from Tuesday 16 January 2018.


The Shift2Rail JU operates under Horizon 2020 rules observing the principles of openness, transparency and excellence. Participation is open to all, and the best proposals — evaluated by independent experts — will win.

Participant Portal

Horizon 2020’s Participant Portal is the single entry point that directs users to information on the EU’s research and innovation (R&I) funding, and allows interaction with the European Commission and its Executive Agencies. The portal offers services and tools to facilitate the monitoring and management of your proposals and projects.

All Shift2Rail JU Call information and documents are centralised on the Participant Portal.