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TOPIC : Networked and efficient logistics clusters

Topic identifier: MG-5.1-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
15 October 2015
2nd stage Deadline:
20 January 2016 17:00:00
29 September 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

To meet the objective on a shift towards emission-low transport modes and consolidate freight for more efficient transport along green freight corridors we need to better integrate transport subsystems and modes. This integration and the trend towards bigger vehicles/vessels/aircrafts for long-haul transportation services, requires a strengthened role for hubs or transhipment points, connecting (sections of) the TEN-T freight network with each other and last mile delivery services. On the other hand, such nodes have a major impact on the area in which they are located, creating employment and connecting it to all other regions in Europe, as well as intercontinental transport through (air)ports. Both sections, long distance and local, will be operated by dedicated vehicles, optimised for their operating environment. Furthermore both will also need intelligent freight bundling to maximise equipment utilisation, requiring more efficient transhipment, cross and inter modes. These requirements can be met by automated cargo handling of Modular Load Units.


Proposals should cover the development and integration of all the following issues:

―Identify opportunities to extend the role of hubs beyond transhipment (e.g. storage, handling, packaging, bundling and cleaning) and serve as seeds for smart specialisation and the formation of logistics clusters. Such clusters could integrate manufacturing (e.g. postponed assembly or other non-core manufacturing activities) and advanced logistics services (e.g. kitting for just in time delivery).

―Develop governance and business models for such smart specialised logistics clusters, including sharing of (manufacturing) resources to attract investments in new value-added services.

―Development of prototype Modular Load Units, optimised for automated handling and high load factors in all transport modes, in line with existing standards.

―Development of prototype automated loading and unloading systems, extending outside the building or site and taking into account (local) traffic management, thus maximising all assets utilisation and avoiding congested roads, large parking lots and increased capacity of the cargo handling equipment to deal with peak loads.

―Optimise environmental performance of logistics clusters and assess the carbon footprint of existing hubs and the proposed solutions to extend their role and automate their services.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 4 to 6 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

To meet the challenge on more efficient and sustainable freight transport, proposals are requested to demonstrate how the following will be achieved:

―Increased added value of hubs, integrating manufacturing and sharing resources to create logistics clusters with a much higher impact on local economies

―Less congestion, energy, emissions, carbon footprint, noise and land-use

―Improved door-to-door logistics performance (faster, cheaper and more reliable).

―More efficient goods handling (30 % cost reduction) stimulating multi-modal transport solutions.

―Increased inter-modality and higher resilience of the transport system.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process.

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission. 

  1. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  2. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  3. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

  4. Additional documents:


Applicants can find introductory remarks to the activities of this respective area of the call in the text of the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport" which can be accessed by clicking in the link above.

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