Next Generation Technologies for Networked Europe

Technological innovations and market-driven changes are forthcoming challenges to companies worldwide entailing a need to empower organizations to adapt their supply chains to future settings.

Various internal and external factors include increasing customer-induced diversity of variants, climate change or resource scarcity, and accelerated technological developments. These factors offer opportunities but also comprise risks, which European companies in the manufacturing, distribution and logistics sectors have to deal with. To remain competitive in the future, it will be necessary to reconfigure the supply chains in terms of collaboration and organization as well as to transform the supply chains from a competitive cost approach to supply chains, which generate the best added-value for the customer.

The aim of the project is to enable a cross-industry and cross-technology initiative at European level focusing on the interaction between production and logistics. Its intention is the identification and prioritization of future topics for research and innovation within the scope of supply chain management. For that purpose, trends in different sectors are projected into future scenarios addressing identified key challenges and chances on political, economic, social, technological and environmental level.

The project will develop a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) combining the efforts of different communities such as EFFRA, SPIRE, ALICE and other ICTs to enable an interdisciplinary and cross-industry projection for the EU.  

The main points of the project include:

  • Creation of a European collaboration network involving key stakeholders from all target sectors and scientific fields to reach a critical mass of people from all targeted industries and scientific communities.
  • Identification of future industry scenarios for 2030 by analyzing socio-economic trends and drivers in the market and their impact on innovation and technology development.
  • Development of a strategic research agenda and a joint action plan for comprehensive innovation policy issues of common interest.


  • PNO Innovation
  • Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC)
  • Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation - National Research Council (ITIA-CNR)
  • INESC -TEC Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia Ciencia
  • Aston University

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 768884.

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