Europe’s most promising innovations: Announcing the 2022 EIT Awards nominees

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2022 EIT Awards. In the competition’s ninth year, the EIT Community is celebrating 27 outstanding innovators from 15 countries for their innovative products and services accelerating the transition to a more sustainable future.
The EIT Awards recognise the most promising entrepreneurs and innovators emerging from the EIT’s ecosystem across Europe: from student to entrepreneur, from lab to market, and from idea to solutions. This dynamic innovation approach creates a unique environment where nominees develop and scale innovative solutions to tackle pressing global challenges in the fields of climate, energy, digitalisation, food, health, manufacturing, mobility and raw materials.
The 2022 EIT Award nominees demonstrate the diversity of EIT’s pan-European innovation ecosystem with the following countries being represented: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The full list of nominees and their innovations can be found here.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: ‘The talent pool and scale of innovations in Europe is rapidly expanding. The nominees for this year’s EIT Awards are a testament to the work the EIT and its Innovation Communities do across our continent to support, invest, and nurture the innovators of tomorrow. I congratulate the nominees for being recognised at this high level and I look forward to the Awards Ceremony in October.’
The 2022 EIT Award Ceremony will be held during the EIT Summit on 11 October 2022 in Brussels, Belgium as part of the EIT’s flagship event series, INNOVEIT WEEKS. The 27 nominees will compete beforehand in an online semi-final on 29 September with 12 finalists advancing to the public awards ceremony.
Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board said: ‘The EIT Awards showcase the innovators who are the heart of the EIT Community – they remind us of the strength and unity of our ecosystem, a message that rings true in these difficult time for Europe. This year’s innovations tackle some of the most pressing global issues: climate change, mental and physical health, waste reduction and many more. I, like many others look forward to seeing the nominees pitch their idea and to meeting the faces behind these game-changing innovations.’
The nominees will compete in the following four categories that represent the driving dynamics of
entrepreneurship in Europe:

  • EIT CHANGE Award, recognising top graduates from EIT entrepreneurial education programmes
  • EIT Innovators Award, highlighting teams and individuals that have developed high-impact products and services
  • EIT Venture Award, showcasing start-ups and scale-ups that have benefited from business acceleratio and creation support by the EIT Community
  • EIT Women Leadership Award, putting the spotlight on exceptional women in the EIT Community

Each award comes with a monetary prize of EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place), and EUR 10 000 (third place). The public will also be able to have its say with the fifth category, the EIT Public Award, giving everyone a chance to vote for their top innovation. Online voting will commence on 29 September at www.eitawards.eu

Living labs: cities and citizens at the core in shaping the cities of the future

Last week, our colleague Jordi Casas, City Development and Public Funding Officer, led a session on Living Labs at the ITS European Congress. What is the work EIT Urban Mobility is doing in this regard? How are we helping France, Denmark, Germany and Italy amongst others to implement living labs? What is the living labs methodology we follow at EIT Urban Mobility? These were, amongst others, the topics discussed during the session. If you want to learn more, you just have to scroll down!

“For EIT Urban Mobility, living labs are instrumental for testing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating new and innovative mobility solutions. Our Living labs knowledge base platform is a collection of both living lab learning practices and management tools. While the learning practices are initiatives that can function as an inspiration for other living labs, the management tools are a collection of best practices, recommendations on how to set up and operate a mobility living lab, how to upscale, allow for citizens engagement, co-create with the end user, and evaluate impacts”. Jordi Casas Juan, City Development and Public Funding Officer

From our organisation, we focus on:

  • Real-life environment: Experiments in living labs take place in an uncontrolled real-life setting, in the daily environment of their end-users, which can have a scale of a house, a street, a neighbourhood, but also a city or a travel corridor.
  • A living lab requires the active engagement of representatives from public authorities (e.g., local/ regional/ national authorities), industry (e.g., startups, SMEs, etc.), academia (e.g., universities and research institutes) and civil society (e.g. associations, groups of citizens, etc.) within one innovation ecosystem. In a quadruple helix cooperation model, the focus is shifted from expert-driven innovation towards user-centric innovation.
  • Co-creation: Trying to aligning the objectives of the parties involved enhancing the participation of the end-users in the development of the final products and services. In this cooperative process the involved stakeholders, and particularly the end-users, can influence the experimentation from its ideation phase, increasing their acceptance of the developed innovation and, thus, the chances of their uptake. In fact, this is the p of our Citizen Engagement programme, aimed at testing innovative methodologies and technologies for engagement such as Digital Twins, online engagement platforms and gamified apps.
  • Active end-user involvement: In a living lab environment, end-users meet in real life contexts and share experiences, while envisioning their own future. Living Labs consider citizens not only as users or consumers in a narrow sense, but as direct contributors to or co-creators of new products and services. Involving end-users in different stages of the innovation process and fostering sustained exchanges between different stakeholders have proved to be a differentiating factor in an increasingly competitive world.
  • Multi-method approach: in our co-funded projects and pilots in living lab environments we foster the involvement of multidisciplinary competences, encouraging an unprecedented combination of skills, people, equipment, companies, settings, etc.

The living lab methodology methodology:

  • prioritises citizens needs in the design, testing, implementation and adoption of new interventions;
  • welcomes rapid prototyping and provides ideal conditions for innovation;
  • fosters a multidisciplinary approach that draws on expertise and experience from several sectors as well as citizens;
  • ensures that private, public and research stakeholders collaborate and invest time, money and human resources, in the project.

Success stories of Living labs

During a session we recently held at the ITS European Congress, four living labs demonstrated best practices that could help other European cities to improve the quality of life for residents and streamline mobility systems and processes to reduce environmental impacts as well as costs.

In France, Toulouse Métropole is implementing Vilagil, a cross-sectorial project financed by the French government as part of the Plan France 2030. The ambition of all initiatives under the umbrella of Vilagil is to achieve decarbonization by supporting an innovative urban mobility sector in the Toulouse area. Vilagil is investing approximately €165 million euro in nine investment projects and six research projects.

EIT Urban Mobility is supporting Toulouse Métropole in achieving this ambition by promoting several projects and initiatives in this area. On the one hand, attracting world-class entrepreneurs to test their innovative solutions in living lab pilots co-funded by the RAPTOR and ChallengeMyCity Programmes. On the other hand, supporting UAM Plazza, the programme that is working closely with the most promising start-ups in the field of Urban Air Mobility.

Further north, the DOLL living lab is situated in an industrial area on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, to minimise the impact on residents. Initially establishing smart street lighting in 2014, the DOLL living lab also creates interventions in sensor-activated outdoor lighting, intelligent traffic systems and conducts environmental monitoring. The lab welcomes cities and public authorities to visit the lab and learn more about how it could assist them to improve their public spaces.

Meanwhile, the City of Munich, Germany, also promotes a living labs approach. They see this as integral to innovation and advancing digitisation of urban mobility, to see what can be replicated in other locations, and help make better financial decisions by understanding costs and benefits of proposed interventions. In fact, a wide range of EIT Urban Mobility’ supported activities are helping the City of Munich in reaching these objectives. For instance, the innovation projects WalCycData, CLEAR and AITraWell, that executed pilots with a living lab approach last year in different neighbourhoods of the Bavarian capital.

The City of Munich are using living labs to understand possible scenarios that could help achieve their overall goals such as having 30% of all trips taken by public transport, reach climate neutrality by 2030, and have no deaths caused by vehicles in line with the Vision Zero initiative.

At the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, public and private partners actively engage citizens to co-create future mobility solutions. Their work represents an integrated approach by external entities and other projects including scientific projects and direct requests by partner European Commission services. Since 2021, EIT Urban Mobility is collaborating with the JRC and the Hellenic Institute for Transport (CERTH-HIT) in the working group on urban mobility living labs of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Tomorrow.Mobility 2022 moves forward

The second edition of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), the international event promoting the design and adoption of new sustainable urban mobility models, will be held in Barcelona from 15 to November under the theme What Moves You? Jointly organised with Fira Barcelona, our annual flagship event will gather the leading international experts and over 100 exhibiting companies to chart together the roadmap towards the future of mobility.

The Congress programme of TMWC 2022 will address the key challenges that an increasingly urbanised society is facing and will focus on the topics that will reshape mobility in the coming years, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), micromobility, Public Transport, Last Mile Logistics, Future and Digital Transportation, Transport Infrastructure, and Energy Transition & Efficiency, among others.

The event will be held alongside Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the benchmark tradeshow and congress on cities and smart urban solutions, setting the stage for an unparalleled platform of urban innovation that will bring together at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue over 1,000 exhibitors, including companies, cities, governments and institutions, and over 24,000 attendees.

Maria Tsavachidis, President of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress and CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: As the leading event for urban mobility innovation, Tomorrow.Mobility gives cities a powerful global voice and an innovative platform for common urban action. We are the meeting point for governments, companies, entrepreneurs, startups, research centres, and citizens, the place to showcase projects and find new solutions. We believe we must seize this opportunity to accelerate the transition to new mobility patterns that answer the urgent need for a paradigm shift that ensures a sustainable future and liveable cities.”

Among the first companies that have confirmed their presence at TMWC are Accenture, AENA, Axess, Deloitte, DOTT, Easymile, Electronic Trafic, Equinsa, FGC, Flowbird, Groupe Aéroport de Paris, Hayden AI, Kempower, Mastercard, Microsoft, Moventia, Nexus Geographics, Ouster, PBSC Urban Solutions, Plug Zen, Port de Barcelona, RACC, Social Car, Sprinx Technologies, TMB, Transport for London and Vodafone.

A 365-days-a-year platform

The goal of Tomorrow.Mobility is to go beyond a yearly event, and to do so, a digital content platform with a global reach was launched last year. Operating 365 days a year, it provides access to both live events and on demand contents divided into themes with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer. It also includes tools for networking and the training of professionals.

Mobility Talks episode 14: Multimodal digital mobility services

Multimodal digital mobility services make shared mobility more accessible to users by bundling different modes and mobility providers in a single booking experience. Rolling out such services across European cities has the potential to significantly increase the attractiveness of shared mobility services – from public transport to micromobility – so they can compete with private car ownership. Yet implementing multimodal digital mobility services is often a slow and complex process, involving various public and private sector actors.

This edition of Mobility Talks will focus on the building blocks for the development and deployment of multimodal digital mobility services, such as Mobility-as-a-Service applications. Cooperation between different layers of the mobility ecosystem will be central to the discussions. Attendees will get the chance to hear the perspectives from the local to the European level and ask speakers their recommendations to enable smoother and more user-friendly multimodal mobility.

Stay tuned!

The EIT Circular Economy Community launches the Circular Economy Prize. Apply by 31 August!

Are you an SME or startup with an innovative service, technology, or product around circular economy? Compete for the chance to showcase your idea to an expert panel, secure the award prize and be part of the European innovation community!

The EIT Community Circular Economy aims to identify and award relevant startups and SMEs with significant new solutions around circular economy.

Compete for a chance to pitch your idea in front of our expert Jury, secure a substantial financial award to boost your product, service or technology and be a part of the vibrant circular economy network of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).

Within the EIT Circular Economy Community, EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility are joining forces to craft favorable environments for creative thought processes and innovations in circular economy to flourish.

The Application is now open and closes on 31 August 2022 23:59 CET.

Thematic scope

We are looking for solutions in the areas of:

  • Topic 1: New circular business models in two specific areas:
    • From products to services: This model is an alternative to the established “buy and own” approach and includes lending, renting, or pay-for-use agreements. It allows the customer to purchase a service or desired result, rather than buying the product itself.
    • Sharing economy: The primary feature that defines a sharing economy is cooperation. It creates the opportunity for consumers to tap into the unused potential of products by reducing their idle time and increasing access to goods and services.
  • Topic 2: Circular economy assessment methodologies: new methodological approaches to monitor and/or quantify circular economy from a general perspective or in specific sectors as critical raw materials, building, food.
  • Topic 3: Waste valorization including logistics: new ideas and approaches for waste valorization in specific sectors as critical raw materials, building, food including digital solutions to improve logistics.
  • Topic 4: Digital Products Passports: new ideas and developments in the field of Digital Products Passports as efficient tool to improve materials traceability to support the implementation of sustainable products.

The contest is open to any legal entity or group of legal entities established in an EU Member State or in a country associated to HorizonEurope. For partners and entities that have already received funding by the participating EIT KICs (EIT Raw Materials, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing) restrictions may apply. For more information refer to the Rules of the Prize.

New Podcast released: Designing safe urban mobility!

How do we design our urban spaces to be and feel safer? It’s not as simple as installing cameras everywhere to watch over everyone. In this episode, our wonderful host Brittany Atkins chats with expert guests Marianne Weinreich, Debbie Dekkers, and Dan Campsall about how the presence (or absence) of safety in mobility and urban planning can be affected by gender, age, lifestyle, and more.

Marianne Weinreich is a Market Manager of Smart Mobility at Ramboll, a Danish (but international) engineering and design consultancy that aims to create sustainable solutions across transport. She has spent the last 20+ years working in mobility as a consultant and manager, and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Cycling Embassy.

Debbie Dekkers is a Programme Manager and “innovatiemanager” at the Innovation Office for the city of Amsterdam. The organisation aims to make the city more efficient and evolved for the benefit of its residents, using the power of technology to prepare for future mobility. As a programme manager, Debbie works mainly within smart mobility with a focus on MaaS, trends analysis, and anticipating new mobility concepts.

Dan Campsall is the Chairman of Agilysis, a transport behaviour and safety consultancy, with the goal to transform lives through healthier and safer communities via intelligent solutions. He also is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport safety in the UK, and has been involved in the transport safety sector of mobility for about 20 years.

This episode delves into the complex subject that is safety in urban design and urban mobility, and examines it from a variety of different angles and perspectives.

A main theme our guest spoke on was how safety and the perception of safety in urban mobility can vary based on a number of demographics – Marianne spoke about how automotive safety features are structured to accommodate the average man, leaving women out of the safety equation. Debbie notes how not all urban infrastructure bears in mind the elderly or the disabled, who might need longer time and digital assistance at crosswalks and complex road crossings. Dan also commented how minorities and those living in deprived communities can be at greater risk of road injury, as well as facing lower quality infrastructure. However, they all note that there is still a sense of excitement and ambition as newer, smarter technology and strategy come to light as  solutions to these existing issues.

This is just the surface, and there are so many more levels of discussion and conversation on this episode – that we are proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcasts.

Save the date: 15 -17 November Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress 2022 in Barcelona!

EIT Urban Mobility is co-organising, together with Fira Barcelona, Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress 2022, EIT Urban Mobility’s flagship event.

Walk, cycle or catch a bus. Jump on a scooter or moped. Take whatever sustainable means of transport available, but don’t miss the second edition of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), held on 15-17 November, in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be held at Fira Barcelona within the framework of Smart City Expo World Congress, the world’s leading event for cities, ensuring unique cross-selling opportunities and a huge presence of worldwide public sector professionals. The two events will together welcome 24,000+ attendees, 1,000+ exhibitors, 400+ speakers and 700+ cities.

TMWC will gather city administrators, policymakers, manufacturers, investors, academics, public-private providers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, and researchers. It will be the perfect opportunity to discover tangible solutions about how to lead the transition to a greener and safer urban mobility  at demonstrations and booths and to network and connect with key players in the field.

7 strategic enablers for sustainable mobility growth

TMWC will focus on seven key topics responding to the main challenges facing today’s urban mobility covered during the congress sessions:

  • autonomous vehicles
  • micromobility
  • public transport
  • last-mile logistics
  • urban air mobility
  • transport infrastructure
  • energy transition and efficiency

Save the date, stay tuned for the announcement of speakers!

The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released

The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released, with over 10 new innovations added from the previous issue that are now part of our EIT Urban Mobility community! In this latest edition of the catalogue, we can find new solutions tackling various areas, from urban design solutions for bike safety to traffic management and data collection. 

Our latest solutions serve different phases of urban innovation. For instance, our co-design tool ModelMe3D serves the early stages of urban planning, allowing citizens to participate and have a say in the design of public spaces through a digitalised co-creation process.  Aris is another early-stage solution that supports the construction process by facilitating remote surveys of urban buildings’ assets thanks to an autonomous, unmanned, aerial system device. In contrast, the latest traffic management software Deeptraffic allows transport authorities to start taking advantage of vehicle connectivity to create a dynamic traffic management system. It accumulates and uses road network data to optimise traffic according to the user’s needs. 

Several new solutions for urban planners 

We also provide solutions for planners to exploit real-time mobility and infrastructure data: DASHBIKE enables the collection of anonymous data on cycling infrastructure, traffic and incidents to inform city officials of urban areas requiring attention. Urban Radar offers a series of planning solutions, such as FRET dedicated to logistic activities within industrial parks, Urban Logistics – optimising delivery patterns and trends within cities, or Citizen Needs creating more liveable cities by giving urban planners insights on the goods and services in a given neighbourhood that answer to citizens’ needs. 

New modes of mobility 

Our mobility services WYZE and Giravolta allow citizens and employees to access a wide range of vehicles for various occasions, from last mile deliveries to digital vehicle sharing or even corporate fleets. This makes it easier for individuals and groups to move around in a more sustainable manner.  

If you want to discover the latest available solutions that can help your city shift towards a more sustainable model, then you can’t miss our second issue of the Solutions Catalogue!  

First Call for RIS Education for the Business Plan 2023-2025

The overall purpose of the EIT Urban Mobility education activities is to close the knowledge gap within urban mobility, enabling the development of mobility for liveable urban spaces. This includes fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills in a lifelong learning perspective. The education activities focus on three main fields: The Master School, the Doctoral Training Network and the Competence Hub, our professional school targeting lifelong learning.

Call for Proposals for RIS Education Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 28 April 2022
Call closing:  28 June 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: First half of September 2022
Total Budget allocated to this call 
Up to approximately 800,000 EUR
Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available as of the first week of May 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form available on the PLAZA platform
List of documents to take into consideration
Call for proposals Manual
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
Capacity building Activities that support knowledge transfer from universities to industry and beyond, and help universities leverage relationships to improve knowledge generation, upskilling, and financial sustainability goals. The interventions should be sustained by investment in skills that support this. The type of activities can include train-the-trainer concepts, and online, blended, and face-to-face courses and trainings.   

Awareness raising of EIT Urban Mobility education activities Activities that can contribute to raise the awareness of the EIT Urban Mobility education activities and services. The activities must have the potential to attract many students to the Master School and Doctoral Training Network programmes, but also to the Competence Hub courses. The type of activities can include “teach the teacher” concepts, a student education programme, or a course, online or blended, based on the existing EIT Urban Mobility activities and curricula.  

Education and training activities Activities with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, primarily targeting RIS regions impact and target groups but that may be based on non-RIS concepts and activity partners. Activities should have the potential to reach a large audience and market and have a lasting effect. This can be through initiatives building on an existing course portfolio, but making it available locally by, for instance, providing translations into local languages and local seminars and workshops. All RIS Education funded activities should have the potential to be repeated and scaled with a limited budget per participant. A key component in all our funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated, in balanced participation and the design, development and implementation of the learning activities. The scope of activities should be specific to the characteristics and landscape of RIS countries, very much linked to their specific needs and with clear impact potential that can be replicated elsewhere.  The concepts and activities should consider existing good practice already happening in RIS countries and beyond to build on those and scale up approaches that work
Evaluation criteria
The proposal will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below, as stated in section 5 Evaluation and selection process.    

Evaluation criteria:
Strategic fit
Excellence and novelty
Impact and social, economic, financial, and general sustainability
Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Info sessions

We are preparing some info sessions after the publication of the calls to present the calls specific requirements to the wider mobility community and to help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals.

The following events are planned:

Type Topic Date/time (CET) Platform 
Webinar Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education Info Day 04.05.2022, 14:00 Zoom 
Webinar Guidance, rules, and evaluation process and PLAZA training05.05.2022, 11:00 Zoom 

You can check here the presentation used in the “Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay”.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Academy areaacademycall@eiturbanmobility.eu

First Call for Academy for the Business Plan 2023-2025

The overall purpose of the Academy area is to close the knowledge gap within urban mobility, enabling the development of mobility for liveable urban spaces. This includes fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills in a lifelong learning perspective. The EIT Urban Mobility Academy consists of three main areas: The Master School, the Doctoral Training Network and the Competence Hub, our professional school targeting lifelong learning.

Call for Proposals for Academy Main Features

Dates

Call opening: 28 April 2022
Call closing:  28 June 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: First half of September 2022

Total Budget allocated to this call

Up to approximately 1.5 million EUR between the three Academy segments (Master School, Doctoral Training Network and Competence Hub).

Link to the submission portal

The PLAZA platform will be available as of the first week of May 2022

List of documents to be submitted

Application form available on the PLAZA platform

List of documents to take into consideration

Call manual for the BP 2023-2025
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
Master School:  Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Master School targets, including summer schools, awareness raising activities and/or courses, and innovative teaching methodologies with a Knowledge Triangle perspective.  All Master School activity topics should consider Knowledge Triangle Integration, not only in the implementation of the programmes but also in their design, planning, and strategic direction. Additionally, a key component in all Master School funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).   

Doctoral Training Network: Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Doctoral Training Network targets, including innovation and entrepreneurship curricula and teaching methodology for PhD candidates with a Knowledge Triangle perspective and PhD candidates start-up activities.  A key component in all our Doctoral Training Network funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).  

Competence Hub:  Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Competence Hub targets, including synchronous blended and face-to-face courses with significant revenue potential, latest learning methodologies and technologies, course formats based on existing trade fairs and conferences, community engagement and inter-sectorial collaboration courses and networking. All Competence Hub related activities should consider strengthening practical skills in a way that it can be easily transferable to professional practice. Training programmes in urban mobility need to be specific and tailored to the professional realities of the learners. As much as possible, the development of new courses and learning experiences should also leverage on the courses and content already developed and delivered by the Competence Hub (www.urbanmobilitycourses.eu). The gender perspective needs to be further emphasised and integrated in the Competence Hub courses and have gender balance in terms of participation. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).
Evaluation criteria
The proposal will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below, as stated in section 5 Evaluation and selection process.  

Strategic fit
Excellence and novelty
Impact and social, economic, financial, and general sustainability
Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Info sessions

We are preparing some info sessions after the publication of the calls to present the calls specific requirements to the wider mobility community and to help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals.

The following events are planned:

TypeTopicDate/time (CET)Platform
WebinarLaunch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay04.05.2022, 14:00Zoom 
WebinarGuidance, rules, and evaluation process and PLAZA training05.05.2022, 11:00Zoom 

You can check here the presentation used in the “Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay”.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Academy areaacademycall@eiturbanmobility.eu

The EIT COMMUNITY BOOSTER Announces 20 SELECTED New European Bauhaus Ventures 

From a large pool of 1029 applications, twenty highly innovative European start-ups and scale-ups have been selected for the EIT Community Booster receiving business growth and support services worth EUR 50 000 each. The EIT Community Booster was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and five of its Knowledge & Innovation Communities to support innovative ventures enabling the New European Bauhaus transformation.

Supporting the New European Bauhaus in building beautiful and sustainable experiences together, the EIT Community Booster will support the selected ventures in the form of grants and services to help them drive sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and improve the overall quality of life of European citizens. The winning teams have been selected among a large pool of 1029 applications from 37 countries and operate across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The New European Bauhaus is becoming a reality, ready to bring the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal into the spaces, cities, and homes we live in. The selected ventures are just the beginning. With the support of EIT, more innovators and entrepreneurs will enrich and reshape our living spaces and experiences.” 

Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board said: ‘We were blown away, not only by the number of applications received – showing the real appetite for business support – but also by the quality of innovations. We think the selected ventures can be true international game-changers and we look forward to working with them to speed up Europe’s movement towards the three key elements of the New European Bauhaus: sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion.’

Selected innovations range from sustainable urban farms that use 90% less water, to using soil microbes to generate light and energy, to transforming building facades to grow and protect biodiversity and fauna in public spaces. The full list of ventures and innovations that will receive support from the EIT Community Booster can be found in the factsheet here.

EIT – MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN!

Just launched! Call for Proposals for Factory: #ChallengeMyCity – Madrid

Urban Mobility went through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society, were also the weakest points when faced with a new and deadly threat.

It has been an unforgettable couple of years that have shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at pace. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are out there – they just need to be found. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth.

In 2022, we want to provide momentum and support innovators further into the early stages of market uptake, and simultaneously help cities address their sustainability challenges in mobility with innovative approaches. Reducing the time-to-market of successfully piloted innovations and overcoming market-entry barriers is at the core of the objectives of this call for solutions. The post-covid urban mobility landscape leaves us limited time to reach our collective 2030 goals, and a true decade of action is needed to implement change in cities.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Main features of the call (aim and challenges)

The overall purpose of the Factory programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

The Factory programmes helps all type and size of enterprises grow their successful business ventures and scale up their products and services. It does so by providing co-funding and opportunities for networking.

This #ChallengeMyCity call aims at resolving mobility-related challenges faced by European cities in their urban environment with market-ready innovative solutions. This year’s issue of the call is dedicated to the city of Madrid and project proposals are invited to address at least one of these 3 different Challenges:

  • Challenge A – in Madrid: Logistics hub for green last mile delivery
  • Challenge B – in Madrid: Safety for bicycle paths & monitoring of cyclist flows
  • Challenge C – in Madrid: Monitoring active mobility flows in new urban spaces

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, financial, administrative, and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Content of the Callfactory@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

Here you can find the link to the Info Day webinar that will take place on the 6 May at 11:00 CEST: https://eiturbanmobility-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ha9T7730SPCdgz83IHRaRw

You can check here the presentation used in the Info Day webinar.

Call summary


Call for Proposals for Factory for #ChallengeMyCity Madrid: Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 20 April 2022
Call closing:  20 June 2022 at 17:00 CEST
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: End of July – Beginning of August 2022

Total EIT funding allocated to this call
 Up to 160,000 EUR

Total EIT funding allocation per challenge
Challenge A: Up to 60,000 EUR
Challenge B: Up to 50,000 EUR
Challenge C: Up to 50,000 EUR

Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available from 20 April 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form (available on the website)
At least one letter of recommendation from the city or client where a prior pilot was carried out
The SME registration certificate
The Pitch Deck
List of documents to take into consideration    
Call Manual 2021-2022 Factory #ChallengeMyCity
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs for Factory
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure

Activity implementation
Handbook for subgrantees (Available soon)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
#ChallengeMyCity Madrid The #ChallengeMyCity call provides innovative mobility solutions with the opportunity to perform a pilot in a city’s urban environment in real conditions. The challenges of this call are located in the city of Madrid (Spain). EIT Urban Mobility and Madrid City Council have developed the mobility challenges that need to be addressed and Madrid will be hosting the pilots to tackle these challenges. During the implementation of the activities, the pilots will take place in parallel. The pilot implementation will be co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and administratively supported by the city (and public service providers, where applicable). The impact of the pilots will be evaluated to assess the potential success of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.
Evaluation criteria
For the Quality evaluation: Three External Expert Evaluators (EEEs) and two internal evaluation experts will assess the team capability, impact, excellence, and the implementation of the proposals.

For the Pitch: The Selection Committee members will assess the quality of the pitch presentation that includes compliance with the financial sustainability principles and knowledge triangle integration.