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i-Trans international strategy international strategy consists of visibility and inter-clustering actions in the objective of promoting transnational R&D projects. The main objectives are to support the internationalisation of i-Trans members thanks to innovation and to reinforce i-Trans ecosystem technological excellence through cooperation with european clusters bringing complementarity and sharing interests. Research programs such as Shift²Rail, Horizon 2020 or Eurostars are specific instruments that i-Trans intents to promote among its network to get more members involved in projects. On top of Europe, which is a main target for transnational R&D collaboration, i-Trans support business missions in countries where mobility and railways have great potential of economic growth like …

i-Trans international actions

i-Trans is active on the international stage through:
collaboration with other similar cluster initiatives
participation to transnational innovation projects
European-level lobbying
organisation of industry events

This international outreach is supported by a powerful network: European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI), OPEN ENLoCC (European Network of Logistics Competence Centres), Logistics in Wallonia, etc.

ERCI - European Railway Clusters Initiative

Founded in 2010 and led by i-Trans, ERCI is the only Railway clusters network in Europe.
ERCI includes so far 9 Research & Innovation driven clusters from different Member States, sharing the common mission to boost cooperation between big companies, SMEs and research institutes on close-to-market innovation projects.
Altogether, 1000 SMEs out of 7 countries are members of this network.

ERCI’s specific actions at European level:
mapping of competencies and networking
emergence of collaborative R&I projects with a special focus on embarking industrial SMEs (including technology providers)



SHIFT²RAIL is the first European rail joint technology initiative to seek focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new and advanced technologies into innovative rail product solutions.  SHIFT²RAIL will promote the competitiveness of the European Rail Industry and will meet the changing EU transport needs.  Through the R&I carried out within this Horizon2020 initiative, the necessary technology will be created to complete the Single European Railway Area (SERA).

i-Trans and its ERCI partners are strongly involved in this JU to give its members the opportunity to work in collaboration with the major European rail stakeholders and access opportunities of R&D projects fundings.

If you are looking for a European partnership, do not hesitate to contact us!





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