A reminder that Shift2Rail launched its first calls for projects worth €170 million to support innovation in railways, shortly before Christmas.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 17 March 2016, 17:00 CET.

In order to be funded, projects will have to demonstrate their ability to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel.

This first batch of calls covers the five Shift2Rail Innovation Programmes and is split into two categories: calls reserved for Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking members only (totalling €63.7 million), and open calls available to companies, universities, research institutes and others who are not Shift2Rail members (totalling €26.1 million).