Rail Research & Innovation in Europe
The Research Coordination Group (RCG) was set up by UIC with the aim to assure a sustainable and efficient support to its European members in their effort for coordination of research activities. RCG supports UIC European members in avoiding duplication of research, strengthening UIC members’ participation in collaborative research programmes and in increasing efficiency of funding available for rail research.
The members of the European Rail Operating Community (ROC) - Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers - have actively contributed to setting up this group.
The effort of RCG is focused on coordination of UIC members research activities, in particular aiming at:
- identifying common R&I topics for project initiation and submission with partners
- supporting European Rail Research Council (ERRAC) activities and formulation of common ROC position with regard to other stakeholders in ERRAC, namely member states, supply industry, customer associations, etc.
- positioning with regard to EC calls and proposals of other stakeholders for research programmes and projects
- exchanging information on their own research programmes and national projects
- coordinating efforts in current EC projects and defending common ROC position in strategic EC projects resulting in technological harmonisation and standardisation
- interfacing with worldwide UIC research and active support of International Railway Research Board (IRRB).
Since its formalisation late 2005, the RCG has met several times and delivered significant contribution in terms of proposals for RAIL 21 vision, contribution to FP7 specific programmes and successful submission of proposals within last calls of FP6.
Synergies between World and European rail research
With the development of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB), UIC ensures the cooperation from all its key research bodies.
In addition, the European Union framework research programmes increasingly need active participation of non-European partners in the development stage as partners.