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TOPIC : The Port of the future

Topic identifier: MG-7-3-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
20 September 2016
Deadline: 01 February 2017 17:00:00

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
two-stage
20 September 2016
Deadline:
2nd stage Deadline:
26 January 2017 17:00:00
19 October 2017 17:00:00

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

Ports are a major example of hubs' need for modernisation. Ports are essential for the European economy as a global player and for the internal market. They are a main catalyst for regional development and their optimisation and inclusion in the territory is fundamental to ensure that efficient operations will not affect negatively the surrounding areas, including city-port relations and the smart urban development of Port Cities. Specific issues (like dredging, emission reductions, and energy transition, incl. electrification, smart grids, port-city interface and the use of renewables management and emissions) are combined with other challenges common to all multi-modal terminals.

Scope:

Research is needed to implement new port concepts, new management models, and innovative design, engineering, construction and operation technologies solutions for full customer, stakeholder and citizen satisfaction. The topic is articulated in two parts:

1) Research and innovation actions should address several of the following aspects:

―Multi-modal optimised cost-effective and flexible operations inside the terminal and in the wider port area. Re-engineering of port operational processes via process analysis and identification of interoperable ICT systems to improve the level of integration among all actors (Port Authorities, terminal operators, shipping companies, customs, security forces, city authorities, etc.) and facilitate critical decision-making.

―Sustainable maintenance, repair and reconfiguration.

―Better capacity management with reduced costs and land use. Identification of real-time indicators to improve the quality of services provided.

―Low environmental impact, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and moves towards the circular economy.

―Advanced and efficient links and integration in the socio-economic industrial and urban surrounding environment (supporting the smart urban development of Port Cities) efficient connections with the hinterland transport network.

―Efficient connections with the hinterland transport network contributing to an increased use of the most energy-efficient transport modes, in particular rail.

Inland waterways and short sea shipping ports deserve particular attention. Proposals should consider the possible transferability of solutions to other ports and multimodal hubs such as rail-freight terminals, inter-ports, airports and dry ports.

2) Coordination and support actions should focus on clustering retained proposals, identifying appropriate KPIs and relevant monitoring and evaluation of results of actions stemming from this call, from other calls of this programme and other ongoing activities in the sector. A specific task should include the analysis of the port-city relation and the drafting of recommendations aimed at guiding city authorities in urban planning towards the achievement of Smart Port Cities. Dedicated dissemination activities such as conferences, seminars, training courses, could be included in the action programme.

In line with the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation[1], international cooperation, in particular with Mediterranean and other Neighbouring Partner Countries, is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 to 5 million each for Research and Innovation Actions, and up to EUR 1.2 million for Coordination and Support Actions, would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Actions are expected to result in reduction of impact on climate change and the environment of port activities, their operational and infrastructural costs, improvement of logistics efficiency and better integration of the port in the surrounding socio-economic area, including city-port relations and the smart urban development of Port Cities. Realisation of the expected impacts will entail attention to environmental and climate-related concerns.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities
International cooperation

[1]COM(2012)497

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. See the information in the Online Manual.

     
  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
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

    Coordination and Support Action:
    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below
    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.

    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.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

     

  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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