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TOPIC : New generation of rail vehicles

Topic identifier: MG-2.3-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
2nd stage Deadline:
18 March 2014 17:00:00
28 August 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: A combination of rail customers’ ever-evolving requirements for passenger vehicles regarding quality of service, mounting energy costs, more stringent emissions standards, and increasing stress on the economics of rail operation is generating a new wave of challenges to rail vehicle development – notably imposing the delivery of enhanced functionality, comfort, safety, operational performance, interoperability and reduced life cycle costs. Reconciling such requirements will imply a departure from the traditional, incremental approach to vehicle development to a whole new way of thinking on product development.

Scope: Proposals should focus on innovative system approaches leading in the longer-term to the development and demonstration of a new-generation of railway vehicles and passenger trains, characterised by significant improvements in product reliability, cost-effectiveness, user-friendliness, safety and security, environmental impacts, ease of manufacture and interoperability. This will demand not only the development and integration of higher-performance technologies for critical structural components and traction, command-control and cabin environment applications (e.g. new materials, smart power and wireless technologies) but also the design and production solutions (e.g. modular, "commercial off-the-shelf" or adaptive concepts) that best contribute to the lean manufacturing and more efficient and safe operation of such vehicles. Proposals should also consider the development of innovative solutions to extend vehicle lifetime, or simplify retrofitting and will ensure interoperability through better Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) between the railway vehicles and the electrical installations of the network.

Attention should also be paid to the development of innovative, modular and customisable solutions for comfortable and attractive train interiors as an integral part of the whole passenger train concept. In particular, these should focus on delivering a unique traveller experience, facilitating accessibility, notably for persons with reduced mobility, fast boarding for commuters, as well as other on-board value-added services.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 14 to 16 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: The key goal will be to deliver a reduction of up to 40% in life cycle costs of rolling stock products, an increase in passenger train capacity up to 15%, reductions of downtime by increased reliability (up to 50%), a reduction of energy consumption (up to 30%) and an improvement in environmental performance, whilst delivering superior performance in terms of overall service quality, safety and customer experience in rail transport.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 11. Smart, green and integrated transport en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Latest information on the call evaluation result. en
  • Latest information after closure of the second stage en
  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Latest information on the call en

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