EURNEX e.V. - European Rail Research Network of Excellence

Brief description of the legal entity
The EURNEX Network of Excellence comprises of some 42 scientific institutes in the area of transport with particular expertise in rail research all over Europe. As direct docking points to the research customers, the international associations UIC, UNIFE and UITP were also members of EURNEX and integrated in the Advisory Board. On 30 October the European rail research has been set up on a new quality. EURNEX, the EUropean rail Research Network of Excellence, as an association according to the German law (e. V. = “eingetragener Verein”) has been founded. Started in January 2004 with support from the European Commission, EURNEX pursues the main targets

  • To integrate the fragmented rail research landscape in Europe
  • To contribute to a more competitive future European rail system by providing excellent research and education
  • To achieve sustainability for the NoE through a sound business model, providing durable added value for its members and the rail system stakeholders.

EURNEX is the first research cluster of excellence to underpin the European Research Area in the rail sector and building the European Transport Research Alliance with Research organisations of other modes and ETPs. With some 560 registered projects and 500 researcher EURNEX e.V. members are addressing the Grand Challenges and representing a project turnover of € 187 millions with specific areas like system issues, strategy & economics, intelligent systems, environment & energy efficiency, safety & security, human factors and innovative production methods. EURNEX e.V. and its members have extensive experience in participating in multimodal EU projects e.g. EUDD, MODTRAIN, MODLINK, EUDD Plus, CIVITAS-TELLUS, TRIOTRAIN, Coopers, CETRRA, Futurail, Skillrail, DETRA, AAS, ERRAC Road Map, RAILenergy, GNSS/EGNOS, Freightvision, INFRAGuider.

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Primary partners description: 
EURNEX provides also its experience and expertise, especially in the fields of rail transport, with the support of two member institutes.