To increase the competitiveness of the Flemish logistics companies, VIL carries out projects around Collective Knowledge Development and Knowledge Transfer (COOCK). “Collective” means that the project is aimed at a group of companies. 70% of the project cost is subsidized, 30% is financed by the participating companies.

In addition, VIL also focuses on innovative business projects (research and development projects), multidisciplinary research projects, strategic basic research and EU projects (H2020).

Overview projects - VIL


The ‘OptiPlan’ project aims to optimise and make dynamic the planning and delivery processes for pick-ups and deliveries to distribution centres and warehouses. With this project, VIL wants to reduce the number of waiting hours and extra kilometres driven and optimise the operation of the loading and delivery area of distribution centres.  

status: Closed | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional

PILL: Physical Internet Living Lab

The cSBO project PILL, executed by VIL imec and MOBI VUB, aims to make logistical processes more efficient, reliable, flexible and sustainable, using the Physical Internet. The project will build a prototype of the IT system which will allow the ports to be a part of the Physical Internet.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation, Hinterland Connection | type: Regional


Road freight transport is moving towards a zero-emission future. In Logibat, VIL will investigate what the operational and economic conditions are to make battery-electric transport feasible and what the requirements are to roll out a nationwide charging network.

status: Running | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Cool & Fresh Delivery

In this project, VIL and Flanders’ FOOD investigate how e-commerce companies can best tackle the logistics of fresh refrigerated food products with an eye on food safety, sustainability and affordability.

status: Starting up | theme: Last mile | type: Regional


The European Union funds a lot of research in the field of transport and logistics to support competitiveness and address climate change. The BOOSTLOG project, of which VIL is a partner, aims to systematically collect the results of these projects and to boost their impact.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation, Green Supply Chains, Hinterland Connection, Last mile | type: European


The goal of this H2020 project is to create a European matchmaking platform for innovative transport and mobility tools and services. The project will accelerate the market access and upscaling of “first of a kind” sustainable transport and mobility solutions, thereby reducing the European CO2 emissions and pollutants caused by the transport and mobility sector.

status: Running | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: European

Self-service in Logistics

Receiving people and goods is a largely manual and time-consuming process for companies. With the project Self-service in logistics VIL aims to automate this process in order to make it run more efficiently.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional

Safe Warehouse

In the project Safe Warehouse VIL intents to increase the security of employees on logistics sites, by researching which technologies can offer solutions to the most common safety risks. The use of new technologies ensures that the company, as well as the sector, is considered more attractive as a potential employer.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional

RPA Databots

In the project RPA Databots VIL will develop an accessible and low-cost system, based on Robot Process Automation, for companies to upgrade their level of automation in administrative processes in a short period of time.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional


Ecommerce continues to grow and therefore the demand for more sustainable packaging solutions is on the rise. In the project E-Pack VIL will study the opportunities of reusable packaging in the B2C market.

status: Starting up | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Delivery Booster

The current postal address system is not adapted to the logistic requirements for delivering goods. In this project VIL will develop an app that allows companies to determine more specific location codes, along with a delivery passport that connects the location codes to individual delivery wishes and specifications.

status: Running | theme: Last mile | type: Regional

Grants for companies and research institutions

Innovation is important. Innovation makes for better margins, for a better world. But innovation is not always easy and success is not always guaranteed. And it requires an investment from you, in people and in time.

That is why you can rely on the expertise of VIL and on a reserved budget for innovation projects related to logistics!

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