At the occasion of the UIC General Assembly and the 9th world congress on Highspeed Rail organised in Tokyo, the International Union of Railways launches the 3rd edition of its Innovation Awards. The award ceremony will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia on the 30th of November, in a frame of the UIC statutory meetings.

uic-awards-logoAnticipate the future and propose your ideas to make rail the backbone of a sustainable transportation and mobility tomorrow!
Rail transport faces present and future challenges for which research and step changes are necessary.

Research is a core value of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and is at the heart of the whole railway sector in order to provide the best answers and solutions to meet the challenges that will lead train to become the backbone of tomorrow transport through its innovations, especially in safety, energy efficiency or customer services.

It is in this double perspective of the development of efforts in research and innovation especially among students and young engineers, but also of the promotion of railways as a safe, sustainable and economically dynamic mode of transport, that have emerged the UIC Innovation Awards.

The UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB) took initiative to establish these new UIC Innovation Awards following the objectives set out in its ambitious work programme adopted on December the 9th 2011.

Every two years, UIC holds these awards to support and promote:

  • the development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in the railway sector;
  • the development of international cooperation in the field of rail research and innovation;
  • the promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers,
  • railway suppliers, passenger transport agencies, government bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways.


The first edition of this event was held in Paris in December 2012 on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the UIC, the second in December 2014.

More details by visiting www.uic-innovation-awards.org