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TOPIC : Global competitiveness of automotive supply chain management

Topic identifier: MG-3.3-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
2nd stage Deadline:
18 March 2014 17:00:00
28 August 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: The market environment for the European automotive sector is characterised by weak economic growth, limited investments and declining sales of new vehicles in the mature markets. The accelerating introduction of electrified and other alternatively fuelled vehicles puts an additional challenge to the European automotive industry, in particular to its related supply chain. As a consequence production and supply strategies need to contemplate a mix of new products combined with innovative services, able to respond to customer needs in a flexible way. In the area of electrified vehicles this requires specific designs and the introduction of new technologies and service innovation for vehicles (e.g. electric batteries, e-components and systems, integration of high pressure CNG and H2 tanks and supply components) in manufacturing chains which must be matched by innovative production methods and processes in order to make them affordable and competitive compared with conventional cars.

Scope: Proposals should address all the following domains:

      Advanced combinations of organisational and service innovation, advanced design, manufacturing and testing technologies as means of increasing flexibility and near-real time reactivity to changing market demand while allowing for large numbers of different configurations (mass customisation), optimising low volume production and reducing costs.

      Specific concepts for innovative multi-powertrain platforms and flexible methods and processes for their integration into these flexible and responsive chains.

      Integration of the full spectrum of components needed for the production of electric, hybrid and alternative fuel driven cars into such multi-variant chains taking into account the global nature of the new supply framework structures.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 8 to 10 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: Actions will demonstrate their potential to mature the Technology Readiness Level (TRL; please see part G of the General Annexes) of technologies and processes against sector specific competitiveness goals, in particular:

      Retaining leading edge European automotive product and process capabilities and jobs, boosting industry’s share of GDP to 20% by 2020 by transitioning to a low-carbon, zero pollution and resource efficient road transport.

      Developing advanced collaboration schemes on a global scale integrating original equipment manufacturers and suppliers (all level of tiers, greatly benefiting SMEs) across new worldwide supply chains deriving from the growth of electrified vehicles and their components in newly designed multi-powertrain, multi-interface vehicle models.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

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.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  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 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. 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 (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 11. Smart, green and integrated transport en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Latest information on the call evaluation result. en
  • Latest information after closure of the second stage en
  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Latest information on the call en

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