More efficient and effective multimodal freight transport nodes to increase flexibility, service visibility and reduce the average cost of freight transport


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

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This Call aims to achieve competitive sustainability and higher levels of efficiency taking account of all costs and externalities and to maximise the utilisation of the multimodal freight transport nodes’ capacity.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should research and demonstrate all of the following points:

  • Building on previous EU and other funded projects, and enabling compatibility with legacy systems, demonstrate and quantify the benefits of using different intermodal transport units (ITUs) and innovative automated loading systems to support multimodal logistics operations. Further develop standardisation strategies on intermodal transport units also focusing on different modes and logistics operators, cargo transport/transhipment procedures, technologies and interfaces to enable flexibility, efficiency and sustainability of the transport system.
  • In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation, international cooperation on standardisation of ITUs is encouraged.
  • Capitalising on previous Horizon 2020 projects], demonstrate the effectiveness of new business models and collaborative approaches – preferably supported by the IT infrastructure and solutions outlined above – able to support cooperative logistics operations with focus on the provision of open logistics nodal services. The business models should consider the legal constraints and include appropriate frameworks for contractual relations in collaborative environments.
  • Ensure compatibility with existing and emerging EU logistics standards such as the European Maritime Single Window environment for maritime transport and the platforms for Electronic Freight Transport information and with the outcomes of initiatives such as the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF).
  • Building on previous and on-going Horizon 2020 and CEF funded projects and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum’s findings, deploy and demonstrate advanced cooperative logistics IT solutions in actual operational environment (minimum at TRL 7) focusing on better integration of the nodes in overall supply chains and the accessibility and usability of node services in an automated/digital manner, with a user perspective approach. The deployed IT solutions should: 
    • Provide full visibility of the standard services offered by the multimodal freight transport nodes, and by the companies operating in them, e.g. open and shared warehouses, terminal services, transhipment facilities, transport services from and to the terminals;
    • Providing better estimated and actual times of arrival and of departure through real time track and trace of the transport and goods, benefitting from standardised identification and improved positioning accuracy based on European GNSS;
    • Provide automated decision support system functionalities to optimise the supply chain overall performance and its resilience against disruptive events (including pandemics);
    • Ensure compatibility of deployed solutions with existing legacy systems;
    • Ensure the resilience of data and management systems to mitigate the consequence of accidental or malicious interventions;
    • Address data ownership, confidentiality, governance and access rights;
    • Facilitate greenhouse gas emissions reduction through, for example, smart scheduling and routing on expected arrivals times to nodes/terminals supporting slower approaching speeds.


More efficient and effective multimodal freight transport nodes to increase flexibility, service visibility and reduce the average cost of freight transport

Call Total Budget

€15,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project:  between €7,00 and €8,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Transport

Eligibility for Participation

  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation

Strovolos Avenue 123, 2042 Nicosia, Cyprus, P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia

Dr Angelos Ntantos
Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205033

Dr Ioannis Theodorou

Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205038

(Publish Date: 21/07/2021-for internal use only)