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Innovative approaches for integrating urban nodes in the TEN-T core network corridors
Deadline: Feb 1, 2017  

 Urban Development
 Horizon Europe

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Better and more effective integration of urban nodes into TEN-T corridors could address issues around integration of efficient and sustainable (e.g. using alternative fuel vehicles) solutions for 'last mile' delivery; greater use of intermodal urban freight logistics, and approaches for linking long-distance with last-mile freight delivery in urban areas.

The efficient and effective integration of urban nodes into TEN-T corridors requires further research and innovation efforts for the development and related recommendations for deployment of innovative solutions in urban areas.


One or two expert networks should be set up that develop current practices and opportunities, and produce recommendations. These expert networks could focus on how to deploy novel combinations of existing technologies/ services and involve new combinations of different stakeholder groupings, for example from research and innovation programmes, from urban planning, from infrastructure constructors and operators and from financiers, with a great emphasis on creating synergies between results of Horizon 2020 funded projects and CEF funding.

This topic will complement topic MG-5.1-2016 (Networked and efficient logistics clusters) in this Work Programme.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 2 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:

The main impacts will be validated recommendations for wide-scale deployment of research and innovation solutions in some (if justified, a selection could be made) or all urban nodes along the TEN-T[[Trans-European Transport Networks (Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013).]] corridors. These recommendations should also define funding needs and instruments for creating synergies, and promoting exploitation of results, between Horizon 2020 (and previous Framework Programmes) and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)[[Connecting Europe Facility (Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013) (]] (e.g. by scaling up R&I results). TEN-T policy, both through "non-financial" action of the European Coordinators and funding under CEF can pick up these concepts and recommendations and potentially fund implementation-related studies, pilot action and works. The recommendations should also take into account socio-economic aspects of deployment of innovations.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and will be implemented by the Commission services.

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