Ten projects receive funding for the development of a Sustainable Living Lab

Call for phase 2 of Sustainable Living Labs will open this summer

7 June 2018

Ten consortia will now work on further expanding their consortium for a living lab and the possible submission of a proposal for a Sustainable Living Lab in the second phase. The living labs make research possible in practical situations within a defined environment such as in cities, ports and logistical nodes. The intended research must contribute insights for logistics in relation to energy and water & maritime. NWO expects to publish the call for the second phase this summer.

Experimenting in practical situations

Given the need within science to experiment in practical situations, where new insights can be acquired about logistics, transport, accessibility and mobility, NWO and TKI Dinalog decided to develop living labs. The living labs must provide insights for the Top Sector Logistics that can be used by the Top Sector Water & Maritime and the Top Sector Energy. The Ministries of Infrastructure & Water Management and Economic Affairs & Climate Policy work closely together in the Top Sector Logistics. Karen de Ruijter, who at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management focuses on the mobility policy, emphasises the importance of living labs: 'It is fantastic that an instrument like a living lab can be used to further develop existing knowledge for possible applications. Based on real time information, knowledge can be enriched, processes adapted and then we see what it "does" – that is a fantastic way to work on a better mobility system. Sustainability is an important theme, also in the logistics sector. I hope that the labs will yield tools and insights that contribute to the sustainability ambitions of the sector and the accessibility of urban regions.'

Second phase Sustainable Living Labs: Lighthouse projects

During the summer NWO will publish the call for the second phase of Sustainable Living Labs. For these so-called Lighthouse projects, consortia will be able to apply for funding to further develop plans for living labs and to set up research in these living labs that is realised by a consortium with a strong interdisciplinary nature. More than 12 million euros are available for these projects, which has been contributed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, NWO and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NPRO-SIA). Karen de Ruijter from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management: 'In phase 2, I hope to see further elaborated proposals, in which all relevant partners jointly realise an ambitious lab with the aim of coming up with solutions for logistical issues in the area of sustainability, accessibility and liveability by further building on the knowledge that we have already jointly developed in recent years!'

All consortia which satisfy the criteria can submit a proposal even if they did not receive a development grant in the first phase. The deadline for the Lighthouse projects is likely to be January 2019.

Ethical and societal aspects

A striking aspect of the Sustainable Living Labs is the integration of the so-called Responsible Innovation approach.

NWO has developed the Responsible Innovation approach to realise responsible innovations that can count on broad support. Ethical and societal aspects are involved right from the start in the design process of a (technological) innovation. This gives rise to responsible innovations. The research concerns both ethical and societal aspects (such as behavioural-psychological, economic, legal and governance aspects).

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Projects awarded funding

'The first round has led to a fantastic, diverse set of projects', says De Ruijter,'construction logistics, circular hub, traffic management, smart shipping, urban issues, and also the contribution of the logistics sector to the healthcare sector – they cover the breadth of the sector as well as the opportunities that lie in it.'

The following ten consortia received a development grant of maximum 30,000 euros for a Sustainable Living Lab. Here you can find a detailed overview of the projects awarded funding.

Green Amsterdam Logistics Area lab (GALA-lab) 
Main applicant: Dr D.A. van Damme (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Partners: Schiphol Area Development Company, Port of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, Tata Steel, TNO The Hague, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Stichting Science & Business Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Smart Urban Mobility MetA Lab (SUMMALab)       
Main applicant: Prof. B. van Arem (Delft University of Technology)
Partners: Delft University of Technology, Maastricht University, Eindhoven University of Technology, AMS Institute, TNO, Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Area, Rotterdam City Council, The Hague City Council, Delft City Council, Platform31, Future Mobility Network, We-all-wheel, HighTechCentreDelft and Eco2City.

Sovereign in the Supply Chain                    
Main applicant: Dr R.G. Hekkenberg (Delft University of Technology)
Partners: Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, MARIN, TNO, Stichting Netherlands Maritime Technology, Maritiem Kennis Centrum, Innovation Quarter, SmartPort, STC Group/ Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, Defensie Materieel Organisatie, Port of Rotterdam, Bosch Rexroth, Feadship, DEKC Maritime and Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Main applicant: M.A. Steeman (Windesheim University of Applied Sciences)
Partners: BlockLab, Delft University of Technology, TNO, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Evofenedex and STC.

Freight Traffic Management As A Service (FTMAAS)                    
Main applicant: Prof. L.A. Tavasszy (Delft University of Technology)
Partners: Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, VU Amsterdam/CWI, Amsterdam University of applied sciences, TNO, Simacan, Peter Appel Transport, Technolution, iShare, TransFollow, CBS and Rainbow Management.

Living Lab Zero Emission PoRt Of Circulair Utrecht (ZERO-CU)   
Main applicant: Dr R. Vrijhoef (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences)
Partners: Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, HAN University of Applied Sciences, TNO, Marin, Industrievereniging Lage Weide, Port of Utrecht, Utrecht City Council, Rijkswaterstaat, Volker Wessels, BMN Bouwmaterialen and Blue Line Logistics.

Main applicant: Dr H.J. Quak (TNO)     
Partners: Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Nelck BSc. (TLN), Rotterdam City Council, The Hague City Council, Amsterdam City Council, BREYTNER and TNO.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Healthcare (SSCMH)             
Main applicant: S.J.C.M. Weijers (HAN University of Applied Sciences)
Partners: HAN University of Applied Sciences, VU Amsterdam, HealthValley, RadboudUMC, CWZ, Nijmegen City Council and the Province of Gelderland.

SHAREHOUSE: where education, technology, industry and research come together to share, learn, innovate and excel - for a sustainable, productive, state-of-the-art warehouse logistics and beyond                
Main applicant: Dr P. Preenen (TNO Leiden)
Partners: Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, STC, Probotics/Optec Mechatronics BV, Stichting Logistica, Taskforce Social Innovation Logistics, KennisDC Logistiek, Top Sector Logistcs and Dexion.

Automated Transport And Logistics (ATAL)          
Corridor, water and rail modality follow the MIRT goods corridors into the Ruhr region.
Main applicant: R.W. Poulus MSc (TNO The Hague)      
Partners: TNO, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rijkswaterstaat.

More information

Sustainable living Labs is a collaboration between the Top Sectors Logistics, Energy, Water & Maritime, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, TKI Dinalog and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NPRO-SIA). NWO is responsible for realising the call and manages the programme. Further information about Sustainable Living Labs can be found on the NWO website.

Source: NWO