DOROTHY is the acronym of ‘Development of regional clusters for research and implementation of environmental friendly urban logistics’ and is funded by the programme Regions of Knowledge (REGIONS-2012-2013-1).

DOROTHY has the mission to enhance the distribution process of urban goods by reducing the number of vehicles and enhancing environmental standards, the project will help to improve the quality of life in European cities.

By using the approach of clustering around innovation DOROTHY project aims to develop the potential of innovation and research in urban logistics across the European regions of Tuscany (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Lisbon & Tagus Valley (Portugal) and Oltenia (Romania).

A regional research-driven cluster will foster the setting up of a cluster in each of the other three participating regions. The DOROTHY project will help to boost the competitiveness of all the clusters and strengthen their focus on advanced technological areas with a high potential for innovation.

Enhancement of the clusters’ research and development (R&D) capacities will contribute to the regional development of smart specialisation strategies for resource-efficient technologies. Areas of intervention range from electro-mobility to automotive components, through information and communications technology (ICT) systems. The cluster will focus on new developments and on the possible creation of specialisation niches.

The following captions defined the main issues and targets of the project.