Transversal Exploratory Research Activities for Railway


TER4RAIL entails a coordination and support action to determine transversal exploratory research activities among different actors that are beneficial for railways. The Shift2Rail Multi Annual Action Plan (MAAP) will play a central role in the establishment of future interoperable railway systems suitable for European society and environment. However, due to the rapid pace of technological change and innovation, it is necessary to be aware of the novel possibilities that can enable an increasingly sustainable progress in this regard.

Additionally, the European railway community is represented by different actors (industry, academia, users, researchers, and policy makers) with different perceptions regarding technological applications and different objectives for the future.

Facts and Figures

  • Acronym: TER4RAIL
  • EU Contributions: 500 000€
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Project start date: 01/12/2018
  • Project end date: 30/11/2020
  • Partners: 7 partners from 5 countries
  • Project coordinator: EURNEX e. V.
  • H2020-S2RJU-2018
  • Grant agreement n°826055
With regard to this context, the work of TER4RAIL is organised as follows:
  • TER4RAIL will identify and monitor new opportunities for innovative research and facilitate the cross-fertilisation of knowledge from other disciplines, at what is referred to as the Rail Innovative Research Observatory. Permanent contact with other relevant sectors will have a prominent role in importing disruptive perspectives from other disciplines and facilitating interactions.
  • TER4RAIL will determine and assess the existing roadmaps that drive the future of railways and compare them with the interpretations obtained from the observatory. This analysis will indicate the gaps that require to be covered and serve as the anchor for the prospective roadmaps, among others, the Shift2Rail Multi Annual Action Plan (MAAP).
  • TER4RAIL considers railways as the backbone of future European mobility, as stated in the rail sector’s European Railway Research Advisory Council’s (ERRAC) Rail 2050 Vision published in December 2017, and therefore, it is necessary that TER4RAIL raise arguments that can sustain this essential system. To that end, data analysis and statistical reporting are foreseen and conducted.
  • Finally, the work performed under TER4RAIL will be communicated to the transport community, liaising with the Shift2Rail communication team with a correlated communication strategy. A strategy of exploitation of the results will guarantee that these are properly employed in this area with maximum impact.
  • TER4RAIL will be able to select and synthetise a considerable amount of information regarding railways’ futures and transmit them in a consolidated, improved, clear, and understandable manner. This should facilitate the realisation of TER4RAIL’s ambition of being the CSA of reference for the evolution of EU railways.

Project organisation

WP NumberWP TitleLead beneficiary
WP1Rail Innovative Research ObservatoryFFE
WP3Arguments supporting railNEW OPERA
WP4Dissemination, exploitation, and knowledge transferUIC
WP5Coordination and managementEURNEX


UIC - International union of railways

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European Rail success stories Report

TER4RAIL presentation

Download our presentation to learn more about:

  • The work in the TER4RAIL Innovative Research Observatory
  • The arguments supporting rail and rail success stories and chances (for Freight, Public Transport and High Speed)

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TER4RAIL flyer

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A matter of life and death – Baltic Transport Journal – April 2020

Deliverables and results

Please note that some of these deliverables might be undergoing S2R JU review and acceptance processes. At this stage these deliverables reflect only the author’s views and the S2R JU is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information they contain.


Work Package 1 – Rail Innovative Research Observatory
Deliverable 1.1 A comprehensive map of rail innovative research and key rail stakeholders

Deliverable 1.2 Overview of the rail missions 2050

Deliverable 1.3 Rail Innovative Research Observatory

Work Package 2 – Roadmaps

Deliverable 2.2 Review of the state of progress of roadmaps

Work Package 3 – Arguments supporting rail

Deliverable 3.1 Data Studies Handbook

Deliverable 3.2 Case Studies Report

Deliverable 3.3 Railways as beneficial for EU society report

Work Package 4 – Dissemination, exploitation, and knowledge transfer

Deliverable 4.1 Plan for the dissemination, exploitation, and knowledge transfer of the project’s results

Deliverable 4.2 Data Management Plan

Work Package 5 – Coordination and management

Deliverable 5.1 Project Management and Quality Assurance Plan


Railway Projects Scan

The members of the TER4RAIL Project, as part of the Rail Innovative Research Observatory activities, have compiled a large number of Rail Research and Innovation projects financed at National Level under public competitive calls thanks to the kind collaboration of key stakeholders of the different countries.

Have a look at the 381 Projects from 6 European Countries gathered so far, available at: T4R_NationalRailProjects_Database_Oct2019

This information may contribute to a more successful rail research and innovation by facilitating the flow of information and stimulating the transfer of knowledge.

Should you be interested in the rail-related projects financed under the European Programme Horizon 2020, please feel free to consult the information on the 179 projects identified by TER4RAIL:

Should you have further information to be uploaded on this live database, please contact TER4RAIL project partners at: and


TER4RAIL final event

The TER4RAIL final event was held remotely on 19 November 2020.

Below the recording of this event and of the 3 webinars for the Delphi Survey conducted by WP2 partners.

TER4RAIL Video Contest – winners announced!

Shift2Rail’s project Ter4Rail has announced the winners of their video contest for young people! The goal of the video contest was to engage and motivate a broad and young audience to use their own words and images to explain, support and create awareness around the promotion of  railways in Europe.

Take a look at the winning video “Why Generation Z isn’t travelling by trains” and check the runner-ups contributions here also.

Rail project scan

In order to contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive map of rail research and innovation, TER4RAIL project is undertaking a revision of R&I railway projects, aiming at stimulating the transfer of knowledge and networking Read more…


Project coordinator: Mr. Armando Carrillo Zanuy – Eurnex e. V.
Dissemination: Ms. Christine Hassoun – UIC

This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement #826055

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