Horizon 2020 is the current Framework Programme for Research & Innovation of the European Union, following the FP7 (Framework Programme 7), which was deployed between 2007 and 2013 with a total budget of about € 50 billion.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

A significant budget (about € 6,3 billion) is allocated to the Transport Challenge, with the aim to boost the competitiveness of the European transport industries and achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society.

Within such context, for the first time the railway sector is joining its resources in a coordinated effort, creating a PPP (Public Private Partnership) which will steer research & innovation for really breakthrough results. Such common initiative, which follows some years of preparation work coordinated by UNIFE, is named Shift2Rail.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 777576

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