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TOPIC : De-stressing the supply chain

Topic identifier: MG-6.2-2014
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 challenge for industry is to overcome the stress caused through dealing with the increasing length, complexity and vulnerability of supply chains while enhancing the performance, quality and knowledge needed to plan seamless transports of goods. To this end, a better understanding is needed of the technological and operational opportunities that 'slow steaming' and synchro-modal operations and other relevant concepts provide.

Scope: Proposals should assess the added value of, and the technical, economic, political, social (including the effect on employment and safety) and organisational aspects of the whole transport and logistics supply chain (both inland and overseas, long and short haul) regarding:

      The impact of slow steaming on supply chains, production processes, storage and warehousing availability and trade lanes including opportunities that exist to de-stress other transport modes and make slow steaming and de-stressing a positive economic as well as environmental success.

      Information systems including e-Freight tools, infrastructures, smart coordination mechanisms, policies, and legal possibilities to be able to use different transportation modes flexibly to deliver maximum value to the shipper or end customer. This should demonstrate through implementation the added value of synchro-modality in networks and services.

      The work should focus on technology specifications, business models and governance structures for both 'slow steaming' and synchro-modal vehicles/vessels and technologies as well as the provision of technologies for communication to the transport mode and its driver/operator, in order to fulfil logistics paradigms and new business models, including collaboration regimes. A profound benefit to sustainability is expected.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 6 to 8 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:Slow steamingoffers a strong potential to reduce operating costs of a liner shipping company. A limited reduction in speed may lead to almost halving the costs of bunker fuel and environmental impacts. Both synchro-modality and 'slow steaming' will enable logistics to operate more sustainably, at lower costs and at higher quality. This will bring benefit to freight intermodal transport by significantly improving freight transfer efficiency and hence help replace road only transport by incorporating other modes with less external negative effects, as well as improving the utilisation of existing infrastructures in order to meet expected increased demand.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

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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