EIT Communities launch EIT Community Sustainable Cities Calls

EIT Community Sustainable Cities aims at strengthening collaboration across Innovation Communities for European carbon neutral cities by 2030.

All the KICs of the EIT Community Sustainable Cities are working with cities in one form or another; and are critical actors in the climate, food, mobility, and digital space, respectively. The aim of the EIT Community Sustainable Cities is to maximise the opportunity to find radical and experimental solutions to city sustainability challenges from a broader community.

Based on the EIT Climate-KIC Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration, the EIT Community Sustainable Cities focuses on the radical redesign of fundamental city functions to create ‘Transition Super-labs’. It works with the cities of Amsterdam, Leuven, and Madrid, selected for prototyping the functions and the services needed for adaptive and sustainable human settlements. The aim is to establish a framework to incorporate key elements for transition, which will enable cities to properly asses and understand the ecological and human value in cities, encompassing issues such as time value, health value, cultural value, social cohesion, all of which are fundamental to governance and growth.

The EIT Community Sustainable Cities includes three specific calls in 2020 that respond to challenges identified through the work with the cities. The calls include a business plan to establish targets for market activities and the operational financial sustainability for ear of the Super-lab. EIT Urban Mobility is involved in one of the three calls. A description of that call can be found below.

EIT Community Call on last mile food distribution for the city of Amsterdam

Rising passengers and goods transport level demand is increasingly causing problems in European cities and is at the same time a major contributor to economic growth, jobs creation and competitiveness.

The city of Amsterdam seeks to advance next generation of active, resilient and sustainable urban mobility, becoming a model city for how technology enables community well-being, health, and sustainability. The recently adopted Amsterdam roadmap towards a Carbon Neutral City mentions explicitly mobility and logistics as one of the main contributors to carbon exhaust. Food logistics and distribution are an urgent issue in Amsterdam demanding more structured, sustainable and integrated organizational approaches.

This call aims at supporting access to local sustainable food by citizens in a sustainable, low-carbon emission, efficient and economically competitive way, especially when looking at global food distribution systems. The call also indirectly aims at creating economic case for local farmers. The new innovative food distribution model will be offered to local farmers as service, and eventually scaled up to neighbour regions under the SuperLab concept.

Partners of EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Climate-KIC are invited to submit proposals. There is a strong preference for consortia applications. Projects are to deliver: system mapping visualization and identification of potential innovative solutions; design/full description of three experiments and implementation of (at least) one; description of the test(s) results including evaluation and driving conclusions; description of a new innovative food distribution service/product available to local farmers, including “Business Model”.


Call opening: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Call closing: Tuesday 30 June 2020 (17:00 CEST)

Events & information sessions

  • Amsterdam Pitch and Meet event – Wednesday 17 June, 10.00-12.00 CEST (registration link)
    • (1) Introduction to the call: aim, conditions and expected outputs, followed by open questions
    • (2) Pitch and meet
      Participants aiming at using this opportunity are requested to contact natalia.vera@climate-kic.org and maria.marrugat@eiturbanmobility.eu by 16 June 2020, with a maximum 2-slide deck addressing the following questions:
      i) “What can my organisation bring into the proposal?” and,
      ii) “What do we look for in a partner?”, as well as indicating contact details.


To be eligible to receive funding for this call you must be an EIT Climate-KIC or an EIT Urban Mobility partner. There is a strong preference for consortia applications.

How to apply

The call is a one-stage process: the submission of a full proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

To apply for the Call:

  • read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines (below)
  • speak to a relevant KIC about the proposal that you are preparing (see contact in the Call to Action and Guidelines documents)
  • submit your online application to EIT Climate KIC Business Desk (see contact in the Call to Action and Guidelines documents)

Call to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting documents: