Permanently Open Call for applications – Financial support to start-ups

Urban mobility is undergoing one of the most transformational shifts of a generation. A successful strategy in the industry requires the adoption of a comprehensive and coherent approach, centred on innovative ventures that are disrupting this landscape.

This drastic global transformation may account for the potentially disruptive long-term impacts, where the new pace of living, consuming, and behaving in cities create a new paradigm for mobility companies to develop products, services, and technologies in all facets: collective, individual, and goods transport.

While the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economy, the crisis has also encountered major opportunities for innovation and investments. Examples of drivers underpinning this ongoing transformation are mobility companies with high financial, and environmental impact and growth potential.

In pursuit of leading positive change and business prosperity, EIT Urban Mobility is granting financial support up to €500.000 per company in mobility ventures to accelerate their journey, continue critical innovation and ultimately transform the European urban mobility landscape.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2023-2025.

Call Main Features 

Call for Applications Main Features
Key dates of the call calendar• Call opens: 3 March 2023  

• Cut off dates:

• First cut-off date: 03 May 2023 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: May 2023
– Pre-screening and evaluation of applications: June 2023
– Communication of result: June 2023

• Second cut-off date: 07 July 2023 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: July 2023
– Pre-screening and evaluation of applications: August 2023
– Communication of result: August 2023

• Third cut-off date: 29 September 2023 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: October 2023
– Pre-screening and evaluation of applications: November 2023
– Communication of result: November 2023

• Call closes: 1 October 2023
Total EIT Funding allocated to this call The total EIT funding allocated to this call are 3M EUR* **  
*Out of which up to 1M EUR dedicated to support start-ups from RIS countries only. **The total amount could be increased based on the budget availability of the Impact Ventures Area.
Link to the submission portal The EIT Urban Mobility AwardsForce Platform will be available as of 3 March 2023
List of documents to be submittedApplication form is available on the EIT Urban Mobility AwardsForce Platform.
List of documents to take into consideration•        Call Manual
•        EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
•        Eligibility of expenditure
•        Appeal procedure
•        Project Implementation Handbook
•        Horizon Europe Grant Agreement (specifically articles 16 and 17)
Short summary of the topics to be addressed EIT Urban Mobility – Impact Ventures Funding support programme grants funding support to start-ups offering innovative urban mobility solutions to create a more social and healthier environment in cities.

As an impact investor, EIT Urban Mobility invests in solutions that contribute positively to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, and climate action. Furthermore, EIT Urban Mobility encourages inclusive and gender-balanced teams to apply for this funding on green mobility. 

To stimulate the talent and entrepreneurial mindset in all of Europe, EIT Urban Mobility pays special attention to start-ups incorporated in the 
Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), where conservative and risk-avoiding policy-making can slow down change and innovation. 

The Funding support programme offering to start-ups includes real product-market fit as well as access to enter international markets faster.
Pre-screening and evaluation criteria applicable to all the topicsFor the applications assessment:

•        Product & Technology
•        Market & Business Model
•        Team
•        Scalability
•        Impact (Environment, Society, Health, and Knowledge)

For the online live-pitches assessment:

•        Alignment with EITUM vision
•        Team capability
•        Impact and financial sustainability
•        Excellence, novelty, and innovation
•        Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management

For the final selection:

•        Strategic fit
•        Portfolio fit

Info sessions and contact details 

Recorded webinars and contact details are available to guarantee the maximum support to the applicants during the proposal’s preparation process. 

To help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals, EIT Urban Mobility will host one live Call Info Day. It will be focused on the call content, the challenges as well as on the submission and evaluation procedures and the financial aspects. Please find the calendar and the link to register in the table below: 

Type of event Topic covered Date and time (CET) Access to platform 
Webinar  Call Info Day: 
Call calendar, evaluation, scope and challenges of the call, KPIs, EU registration numbers (PIC number), evaluation process, contribution to EIT Urban Mobility financial sustainability, end client role, tips to applicants  
10 March 2023 at 10:00 AM CETThe recording of the webinar will be available here 

Register here for the info webinar and for more information, visit the dedicated website.

In parallel to the call information sessions, all applicants may contact EIT Urban Mobility to resolve any concerns or doubts on the general/technical procedures and call content. These are the key contact details of the EIT Urban Mobility team for questions related to this call: 

Type of contact Email 
Legal, Financial, Administrative and general procedures  
Impact Ventures area