The MaDe4Rail project aims to explore non-traditional and emerging maglev-derived systems (MDS) and to evaluate the technical feasibility and effectiveness to introduce MDS in Europe under safety aspects and technical-economic performance.

Identification and benchmarking of the different maglev-derived technologies for transportation systems and their state of development, definition of a common architecture and specification of the subsystems and technologies needed for its commercialization are expected in the MaDe4Rail Project. Moreover, a risk analysis and identification of needs for standardization on safety and security in operations of MDS will be performed. Also, the assessment of the technical and economic feasibility to introduce these systems into the common European mobility network will be implemented as well as the development of a European roadmap for the possible future implementation of MDS. Lastly, the design of the concept for an MDS vehicle subsystem and a prototype of a sample vehicle for a European use case are foreseen in this project.

The MaDe4Rail project is expected to have significant impacts such as contributing to the development of MDS, promoting more sustainable passenger and freight transport and initiating a path towards the reinforcement of railway as the backbone of a multimodal, sustainable and efficient mobility network by possibly, upgrading the existing railway lines/facilities through the adoption of a maglev-derived technology. Moreover, the project fosters information exchange and growth and diffusion of knowledge.

MaDe4Rail brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of competences and expertise that would contribute to the success of the project such as Infrastructure Managers, Transport Authorities, Engineering and Consultancy Companies, Technological Developers and Research Centres and Universities.

Project objectives

MaDe4Rail project aims to evaluate the technical feasibility and effectiveness to introduce MDS in Europe from the perspective of safety, economic and technical performance. As the scope of the Flagship Area 7 is to explore non-traditional and disruptive guided transportation systems that are based on new technologies, MaDe4Rail aims to contribute to the development of MDS. Quantitative KPIs are not formulated in this project, as its goal is to build a common knowledge, define the technological concept and the specifications of maglev-derived transportation systems to understand the potential of introducing such system – or their subsystems – into the European transportation network and to foster development towards its commercial maturity.

Project structure

The overall methodology of the FA7: Maglev-derived systems will be subdivided into two major workstreams (WS): WS1 – Technical definitions and WS2 – Development of business case analysis, including feasibility studies and use cases. Each WS is divided into WPs that organize different activities in homogeneous tasks and gather the right competences.


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Total Project Cost: 2,56 M€

EU-Rail JU Funding: 1,5 M€

Duration: 12 months

Project start date: 01/07/2023 

Project end date: 30/06/2024

Partners: 16 partners from 8 countries

Project coordinator: Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.P.A.

Call: HORIZON-ER-JU-2022-02

Grant agreement no.: 101121851

Project deliverables

Due date Deliverable Number Deliverable Name Related WP Dissemination Level Responsible Partner
M1 D1.1 Quality Plan 1 Public RFI
M1 D1.2 Data Management Plan (DMP) 1 Public RFI
M4 D1.3 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan (CDEP) 1 Public RFI
M4 D2.1 Functional, technical, operational and economical overview of conventional rail systems, traditional maglev systems and innovative maglev-derived systems 2 Public NEVOMO
M5 D4.1 Document on the MDS vehicle subsystem including subsystem definition, system-level interface identification, and methods of integration into the overall common-architecture MDS 4 Public ITF
M5 D6.1 Technology Readiness Assessment of maglev-derived systems 6 Public UPM
M5 D7.1 Use case Analysis 7 Sensitive RFI
M6 D2.2 Potential benefits to the railway system derived from maglev and maglev-derived systems 2 Public DITS
M6 D4.2 Project requirements and technical specifications for MDS bogies/vehicles 4 Public ITF
M8 D6.2 MDS operations and maintenance overview and evaluation 6 Public UPM
M10 D3.1 Hazard identification, impacts evaluations and risk acceptance 3 Public DITS
M11 D3.2 Study of Railway standards potentially applicable to MDS and identification of new standardisation needs 3 Public Uni.Eiffel
M12 D1.4 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Report (CDER) 1 Public RFI
M12 D5.1 Documentation of maglev-based transport system use cases, operational, system, standardisation and regulatory requirements generated by the introduction of the technology in the European Rail system 5 Public RFI
M12 D5.2 Document proposal for coordinated Innovation Pillar and System Pillar work programs 5 Public DITS
M12 D7.2 Technical feasibility study 7 Sensitive RFI
M12 D7.3 Cost-Benefit and financial Analysis 7 Sensitive RFI
M12 D7.4 Roadmap for maglev-derived systems 7 Sensitive RFI
M12 D8.1 Vehicle Prototype – Design Package 8 Sensitive IRONLEV


The consortium is composed of 16 organisations5 Founding Members, 4 Affiliated Entities and 7 External Partners – from different sectors such as research centres, universities, technological developers, SMEs, Infrastructure Managers (IM), and transport authorities. These organisations come from Switzerland and from 7 European Member States – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Sweden.

consortium MaDe4Rail

Press release


06 July 2023
MaDe4Rail, the railway’s network innovation project kicks off

Budget of €2.56 million, RFI acting as coordinator