Research Projects


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Launched in June 2013 under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, FOSTER-RAIL addresses the broad support challenges of SST.2013.6-1. Strengthening the research and innovation strategies of the transport industries in Europe. This Research action is a Level 1 Coordination and Support Action aiming at supporting the land transport European Technology Platforms activities.

Coordinated by UIC, FOSTER Rail will assist ERRAC and the other transport-related European technology platforms (ETP) in defining research needs for their strategies and programmes in order to realise the objectives of the Europe-2020 strategy and further on the vision of the White Paper 2011 for a competitive and resource-efficient future transport system. This will be done in consultation with the European Commission (EC) and Member States and Associated States (MS/AS).

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TRA Visions

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TRA VISIONS is a EU FP7 project which is organising two competitions for transport research awards to be announced at the TRA conference on 15-18th April 2014 in Paris:

  • A research student competition for young researchers/students in sustainable surface transport.
  • A competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts, based on results from EU-funded projects.

More information on TRA Visions:


Establishing a Comprehensive transport research information management and exchange system

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The HERMES project aims to develop closer and more effective communication between researchers working in the field of transport technologies in the EU, and their counterparts around the world by facilitating the exchange of information and developing a framework for long term collaboration.

...Past EU projects

The list of projects bellow illustrates this effort resulting in UIC participation in total 16 EC projects with a total research budget portfolio of about 140 million Euros with strong support of EC funding for rail sector and commitments of partners from supply industry, operators and academia.

ERRAC SSA European Rail Research Advisory Council Specific Support Action

MODTRAIN Innovative Modular Vehicle Concept for an Integrated European Railway System

ModBrake Innovative modular brake concept for an Integrated European High Speed Railway System

INNOTRACK Innovative Track Systems

EURNEX European Rail Research Network of Excellence

Rail Energy Innovative Integrated Energy Efficiency Solutions for Railway Rolling Stock, Rail Infrastructure and Train Operation

InteGRail Intelligent Integration of Railway Systems

GREEN GREen Heavy Duty Engine

EUROPAC Europaen Optimised Pantograph Catenary Interface

RailCom Electromagnetic compatibility between rolling stock and rail-infrastructure encouraging European interoperability

EU DD plus European Driver’s desk Advanced Concept Implementation Contribution to Foster Interoperability

SELCAT Safer European Level Crossing Appraisal and Technology

TRIPS Transport Rail Infrastructure Protection Systems

Global View Strengthening Rail Research Cooperation between Europe and Emerging International Markets for an Integrated International Research Area

CREAM Customer driven Rail freight services on European mega corridor based on Advanced business and operating Models

HYRAIL Hydrogen Railway Applications

Public information on these projects is available on project websites either directly as shown above and/or through links at UNIFE and UIC websites to these projects.
Members of UIC RCG may also obtain more detailed information via UIC extranet working space.