Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Education Open Call

EIT Urban Mobility RIS is designed as a two-way interaction scheme. By sharing good practices of Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI) and increasing activities in eligible countries, EIT Urban Mobility gains access to productive inputs, business skills, talent, cooperation opportunities in education, market and business, currently untapped entrepreneurial potential, customers for innovative ventures, innovation, knowledge, knowhow and technology transfer possibilities, additional test beds for applications of innovative solutions as well as access to co-funding options provided by EU, Regional and National Support Schemes.

In the medium term, EIT Urban Mobility RIS is expected to facilitate the incorporation of relevant players of the local innovation ecosystems into EIT Urban Mobility ecosystems and foster the Knowledge Triangle Integration approach as a framework for the enhancement of innovation capacity.

Main features of the RIS Education Open Call

This call aims at funding projects that can support the overall RIS strategy and aims, offer high-quality education, reach a large audience and market, and gain recognition efficiently with a lasting effect. New activities can be regarded as pilots for further future expansion, increasing geographical coverage and volume, that may also be possible to repeat and scale up in the coming years.

There are four general topics (RISE 1-4) that can be addressed by the proposals:

  • RISE 1: Capacity-building (e.g. train the trainer, trainings aimed at improving innovation and entrepreneurial skills with a focus on urban mobility, programmes aimed at defining challenges, facilitating mutual learning, co-creating solutions)
  • RISE 2: Education and training activities with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship as well as urban mobility with a potential to reach a large audience and market, and gain recognition efficiently with a lasting impact
  • RISE 3: Organisation of summer and winter schools for bachelor students in domain of area of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • RISE4: Scaling-up of local existing activities to reach wider audience and wider impact.

Contact details

Type of contactTeamEmail
For content, topic-related related questionsAcademy Teamacademycall@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

EIT Urban Mobility will host an online information session on 6 June focused on the call content, the challenges, and requirements, as well as on the general procedures, such as the submission and evaluation process and the PLAZA submission tool.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

RIS Education Open Call summary

Call for Proposals Main Features
Key dates of the Call calendar[i]Call opening: 17 May 2024
Call closure: 17 July 2024 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check:  July 2024
Evaluation of proposals:  August – September 2024
Communication of results: September 2024
Tentative start of the projects: November 2024/January 2025
Total estimated EIT Funding allocated to this Call1,500,000 EUR
Link to the submission portalThe EIT UM submission platform will be available starting from the first week of June
List of documents to be submittedApplication form available on the EIT UM submission platform
List of documents to take into considerationCall Manual
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure
Project Implementation Handbook
Financial Support Agreement
Horizon Europe Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressedRIS Education
A number of specified activity areas to meet EIT Urban Mobility RIS Education targets, including capacity building, education and training with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and urban mobility, and organisation of summer and winter schools.  
Evaluation criteriaThe proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below,
Evaluation criteria:
• Strategic Fit
• Excellence and Novelty
• Impact and social, economic, financial, and general sustainability
• Quality and efficiency of the implementation 

[i] Please note that this calendar is indicative. Dates might be subject to slight changes.

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Call for expression of interest: Expert evaluators, rapporteurs and external observers

EIT Urban Mobility appoints external experts to support the evaluation and selection process of the applications received during the calls launched. The portfolio of proposals to be evaluated cover the Thematic Areas of: Impact Ventures, Citizen Engagement, Public Realm, Market Development, Innovation, and Academy. Independent external expert may assist in the evaluation of proposals, or in performing rapporteur role during the evaluation process or during the selection committee meetings, or act as independent external observers. Skills, professional experience, and expertise linked to any of EIT Urban Mobility’s priorities are welcome.

Check the Expression of Interest here.

To apply, please send the completed Expert EoI Application Form.

Deadline for submissions: 12 July 2024 at 23:59h (CET)

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Request for proposals: Electronic Signature Tool

In the course of its activities, EIT Urban Mobility executes a large number of agreements and other documents that need to be signed. For sustainability and efficiency reasons, EIT Urban Mobility’s preference is to sign these documents electronically.

Through this procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility intends to find a provider of an electronic signature tool that would satisfy EIT Urban Mobility’s needs.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 22 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

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Request for proposals: Media and social media monitoring and analysis software

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. hereby being referred to as “EIT UM” or the “Company” is aiming to identify a provider (hereinafter, referred to as “the Contractor” or “Tenderer”) to deliver a monitoring system for online press and media activities monitoring and support social media listening and brand analysis. 

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 22 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Training programme on the Adoption of Shared Mobility in Cities

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. hereby being referred to as “EIT UM” is aiming to identify a supplier capable of designing and delivering one Applied course on the topic of ‘the adoption of shared mobility’ in cities targeting transport professional across Europe.

Europe is leading global decarbonising transport efforts which do not rely on one single solution. Cities are home to 75% of EU citizens, which differ in size, geography, and local economy. European cities face increasing challenges to provide effective, resilient, and low-emission transport networks that improve the liveability and economic activity while curbing their environmental impact. In response, policymakers and local authorities are seeking pathways to develop a more diverse and flexible transport system, where shared mobility is viewed as a key part of a multi-modal and integrated transport system. Despite the positive impact of shared mobility in cities, there are still challenges to its greater uptake, while approaches vary significantly depending on the local context.

Despite the evident benefits of shared mobility in urban settings, significant challenges persist in its widespread adoption, with approaches varying greatly depending on local contexts. Addressing these challenges necessitates a fundamental shift in mindset and behaviour among stakeholders and users. Greater comprehension is needed on the imperative for increased shared mobility adoption and the actionable insights required to foster this transition effectively.

The overarching objective of this Applied Course on ‘Shared Mobility in Cities’ is to enhance the capacity of practitioners and executives to increase the adoption of shared mobility through best practices in design, implementation, and policy frameworks. The course delivered synchronously either online, on-site, or through a blended format, aims to be replicable and scalable, aligning with the EIT Urban Mobility Competence Hub’s Financial Sustainability strategy for 2024. Thus, a detailed business plan covering the course delivery in 2024 is essential.

The course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to develop ambitious projects and strategies for promoting and implementing shared mobility solutions. Specific focus areas include implications for city planning, street space reorganization, user adoption strategies, stakeholder engagement, and impact assessment. By addressing these critical aspects, the course endeavours to empower participants to drive meaningful behaviour change and contribute to increase mode shift through more sustainable and inclusive urban transportation systems.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 14 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

28 startups announced for New European Bauhaus accelerator programme

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an EU-backed initiative that calls on all Europeans to shape an alternative future for the continent – built on the core principles of sustainability, inclusivity and aesthetics. Along with partners EIT FoodEIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Climate-KIC leads the EIT Community NEB, whose role is to support on-the-ground projects that embody the values of the NEB movement.

In a business landscape where profit margins often outweigh societal impact, the Catalyse NEB startup accelerator programme is an example of positive change. Launched last week at a special event in Leuven, Belgium, the programme features a record-setting cohort of 28 funded startups and represents a collaborative effort to support entrepreneurship that prioritises societal well-being alongside economic prosperity.

Integral to Catalyse NEB’s mission is its emphasis on nurturing startups that align with its core principles. In particular, the recognition of aesthetics and design beyond functionality allows the programme to highlight the beauty within innovation – making it more accessible and engaging for all.

With support services worth a total of €50,000, each of the 28 startups will benefit from a range of resources tailored to boost their growth and impact during the one-year acceleration programme. From programme-specific training based on the core NEB principles to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to a vibrant innovation community, Catalyse NEB offers a fertile ground for startups seeking to become international game changers in an increasingly competitive market. 

The journey for this year’s Catalyse cohort is set to be an exciting one, full of opportunities for learning and collaboration. From forecasting their climate impact to refining their communication strategies, the programme offers a wealth of opportunities for growth and development.

Perhaps the most anticipated event on the calendar is the Smart City Expo in November 2024, where all 28 startups will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations on a global stage. Through the programme, each member of the cohort will receive support to attend the event, further amplifying their visibility and impact.

Meet the new Catalyse NEB cohort

From producing sunglasses made from fallen leaves to connecting consumers with local food producers, this year’s cohort spans 15 countries and is as diverse as it is innovative. Below, you can find links to each startup’s website, as well as brief descriptions of the projects.

Austria

  • Freyzein: Plastic-free clothing using a unique, 100% cellulose-based fabric.
  • Vienna Textile Lab: Producing textile dyes using naturally occurring microorganisms.

Belgium

  • ToGatherHomes: Next-generation housing that reduces cost, time and carbon footprint.

Denmark

  • Naviblind: Empowering the visually impaired to move independently.
  • Urban Tree: Innovative greening solution that combines nature with social interaction.

Estonia

  • WasteLocker: Informed and structured in-house waste management.

Finland

  • Ekotekt: Robotic 3D printing system to produce precast concrete elements.

France

  • Istya: Customisable sensors to monitor indoor air quality.

Germany

Hungary

  • SpaceCrop: Improving farming using satellite data and artificial intelligence.

Israel

  • Maygia: Producing electricity and treating water using air and hydrogen.

Italy

  • Coffeefrom: Producing thermoplastic materials from used coffee grounds.

Portugal

  • Hortee: Online marketplace connecting consumers with local food producers.
  • Seenergy: Eco-friendly household items designed to harness and store energy.
  • SuperSave: Price comparison app for Portuguese supermarkets.

Romania

  • Bluana: Food-tech start-up creating a plant-based seafood alternative.

Spain

  • Comunitaria: Healthy and balanced nutrition for vulnerable families in the community.
  • Remonda: Creating bioplastics using the waste products of fruit.
  • Volupte: Bespoke interiors that celebrate individuality and sustainability.
  • Waisense: Set of physical and digital solutions to save water across sectors.

Netherlands

United Kingdom

  • Alga: Researching sustainable seaweed cultivation for nutrition.
  • Boldr: Smart technology for lower domestic energy use.
  • Eyeleaf: Plastic-free eyewear, innovatively crafted from fallen leaves.
  • farmz2u: Supply chain management for agricultural value chains.
  • IONA: Creating efficient delivery networks with drones and robotics.

As the new cohort of Catalyse startups begins their NEB journey, we invite you to follow their progress on the EIT Climate KIC LinkedIn channel, and we look forward to sharing updates later in the year!

Request for proposals: Development of an EIT Alumni financial sustainability strategy

EIT Urban Mobility is part of the Strategic Education Cluster, an EIT Community, pan-European project that represents an unprecedented endeavour in the EIT Education Ecosystem to integrate, systematise and leverage education activities from different KICs, create joint offerings and open new opportunities for raising EIT’s profile and for market penetration. Among other things, the Cluster hopes to further connect all KICs’ education offer to the current and future needs of the labour market.

One of the ambitions of the Strategic Education Cluster is to strengthen the value creation, existing service offer, diversification, and long-term sustainability of the EIT Alumni Community. Crucially, the Cluster will support the EIT Alumni Community in the co-creation of a long-term strategy for revenue generation, according to the community’s needs, and the delivery of a financial sustainability play book.

The objective of this RfP is to select a vendor that, in close collaboration with EIT Urban Mobility and the EIT Alumni Community, will help identify opportunities for revenue generation for the EIT Alumni Community, and consolidate them into a financial sustainability playbook.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Competence Hub Consulting Services (E-Learning and LMS)

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility (hereinafter being referred to as “EIT UM”) is aiming to identify a supplier that can offer consultancy for overseeing projects related to the technical management and the stabilisation/development of Competence Hub’s e-learning platform, aligned with the EIT Urban Mobility’s mission of generating positive environmental and social impacts.

It is expected that the selected supplier achieves so by securing a dedicated Project Manager with the necessary technical expertise, project management skills, and collaborative capabilities to support us in:

  • Development of WordPress based e-learning solutions, including its technical aspects, such as: LMS platform management, e-learning content management, database management and web development.
  • Sourcing, managing, and coordinating external subcontractors involved in the improvement and development our LMSs’ capabilities and features.

The selection of the suppliers will be based on their highest score.

Awarded bidders will have a fixed price per order, which does not guarantee a minimum order per bidder.

All orders will be conducted on demand by the assigned contact in EIT UM.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 7 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Call for Expressions of Interest: Selection framework for hiring ‘Quality Assurance External Expert Reviewer(s)’ for Academy’s non-degree courses

In order to achieve our goal of ensuring that our learning offer follows the highest quality standards of education and training, and with the aim of expanding the number of EIT-labelled courses in our portfolio, the EIT Urban Mobility Academy wishes to secure via the current call for expression of interest, support from Quality Assurance External Expert Reviewer(s) to undertake the review and assessment of the courses. Through these reviews, the Reviewer(s) will assess the alignment and compliance of a given course with the aforementioned requirements and criteria of the EIT Label Quality system for non-degree education and training. 

Check the Call for Expression of Interest here.

To apply, send a completed and signed Expression of Interest form.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2024 at 23:59h (CET)

Request for proposals: Project Management Software

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility (hereinafter being referred to as “EIT UM”) is aiming to identify a supplier who is capable of providing access to a collaborative work management platform with the main purpose of allowing the Academy’s team to manage their workload and projects in an online and collaborative way.

It is expected that the selected supplier:

• Is an expert in project management software;

• Provides an easy to use and ready to implement solution;

• Provides licenses for 30 team members, with possibility of increasing the number of licenses according to team needs.

The RFP seeks a project management software supplier to provide a solution with robust features for task management, time tracking, and collaboration, easy to implement and customize to fit our workflow, with available user support, and stringent compliance and security standards.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 6 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Sponsorship of European Women in VC report 2024

EIT Urban Mobility has the dedication to narrow the startup gender gap and foster an inclusive ecosystem. Venture Capitals lack gender diversity globally with most investment committees being all-male and a minority of VC partners being female.

For this reason, EIT Urban Mobility is supporting initiatives to encourage asset flow into venture capital and growth space, with a particular emphasis on female representation and mixed and diverse teams. The aim is to catalyse the LP community (family offices, UHNWI, pension funds, corporations, and other institutions) to encourage investment into Fund of Funds and Venture Funds, with a focus on Europe and in particular with a diversity angle.

A research initiative, followed by a report, will identify, and analyse trends, growth indicators and recommend steps that need to be taken to help close the funding gap. The key objective is to develop highly credible, empirical research based on thought leadership to drive influence and change within the European VC market.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 6 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Pre-qualification notice: EIT Community Officer of the EIT Community RIS Hub in Türkiye

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility is aiming to identify a provider/contractor who can deliver services as an EIT Community Officer of the EIT Community RIS Hub in Türkiye. The role of a EIT Community Officer is to run and coordinate the EIT Community RIS Hub.

As EIT RIS is receiving a stronger mandate and additional resources under the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2021-2027, the EIT has published a set of minimum standards and guiding principles for the EIT RIS Hubs to serve as a common strategic approach, which underpins the establishment and operation of all EIT RIS Hubs from 2023.

At the core of these minimum standards and guiding principles there is a framework which encourages and facilitates the gradual launch of EIT Community RIS Hubs to cover all EIT RIS eligible countries and territories by the end of 2025. Each EIT Community RIS Hub will be run and coordinated by an EIT Community Officer chosen by the EIT Community Strategic Regional Innovation Cluster.

Check the Pre-qualification Notice here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Letter of Interest Application Form.

New deadline for submissions: 13 May 2024, 16:00 CET