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NZC: Call for additional cities for the Twinning Learning Programme

In 2020, over two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions originated from urban areas, making cities a focus for climate action. The second Call for Twin Cities launches on 8 April 2024, within the framework of the EU Cities Mission. The Twinning Learning Programme pairs cities that are not already engaged with the Cities Mission with Pilot Cities, fostering collaboration and driving systemic change towards climate neutrality. 

NetZeroCities unites 34 Partners from 13 countries to work together in achieving the EU Cities Mission. EIT Urban Mobility and NetZeroCities invite cities outside the EU Cities Mission, that are not yet Pilot or Twin Cities, to apply to the second Call for Twin Cities. By leveraging the growing network of cities within and beyond the initiative, a wide transfer of innovative climate solutions and approaches can be facilitated. Successful Twin City applicants will be paired with Pilot Cities who share similar interests, such as waste, energy, or construction to accelerate knowledge uptake on decarbonisation measures. Over a 20-month span, starting late September 2024, the tailored learning programme will facilitate structured learning activities for knowledge exchange and capacity building including support for onsite visits, workshops and expert facilitation. Selected cities will develop a ‘Twin Cities Action Plan’ to outline learnings and how these can be applied to their local context.

The eligibility criteria for cities includes: 

  • Being located in EU countries or associated countries of Horizon Europe 
  • A commitment to climate neutrality before or by 2050 
  • Not being part of the EU Cities Mission 
  • Not yet being a Twin or Pilot City 

The applications window is open until 31 May 2024. For information on how to apply, please visit: https://netzerocities.eu/twinning-learning-programme/

    The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is set to launch soon!

    The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is to open on 4 April 2024. This year’s call will be focused on three topics: Public Transport, Urban Logistics, and Electrification of Transport and Alternative Fuels. The call is for SMEs, universities, research and technology organisations, or large businesses, established in a Member State of the European Union, and/or in a third country associated with Horizon Europe.

    The Call information sessions will be taking place from 15-18 April. Please register via our matchmaking platform B2Match here. As all proposals must be composed of at least three independent legal entities established in two different EU Member States, the B2Match platform not only offers the opportunity to register for the call information webinars but also to pitch and showcase your ideas, book 1:1 meetings with other participants and exchange complementary capabilities.

    Information sessions will be held focusing on submission guidance, EIT rules, proposal writing, financial sustainability, and the evaluation process. The B2Match platform will remain active for viewing potential project partners and for networking until the end of June 2024.

    Information sessions

    • Innovation Call Information Session: Innovation Call strategic focus, scope and call requirements, evaluation process. 15 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET 
    • Meet the Cities: city presentations on priority areas, and discussion on how cities and industry can work together in the Call for Innovation. 17 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
    • Guidance to applicants: Introduction to the proposal submission tool. 17 April 2024, 14.30-15.30 CET
    • Commercialisation and Financial Sustainability: understand the commercial and financial return requirements and options. 18 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET
    • Intellectual Property: 18 April 2024, 14.30 – 15.30 CET

    Additionally, one information session for each of the 3 topics that form the focus for the Innovation Call for Proposals, will be held and cover discussion on the area, idea pitches from a range of exciting innovative organisations, and Q&A.

    • Public Transport: 15 April 2024, 14.30-16.00 CET
    • Urban Logistics: 16 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
    • Electrification and Alternative Fuels: 16 April 2024, 14:30 – 16:00 CET

    A look into previous projects

    The 12 projects selected from the previous Main Innovation Call have been underway since January. Of the 12 projects, 5 are focused on the future mobility challenge area, 4 on mobility and energy, and 3 on sustainable city logistics. Learn more about our projects running this year:

    Future Mobility

    SCREEN: Smart cycling infrastructure assessment

    SCREEN aims to revolutionise cycling infrastructure assessment. The project aims to assess the current state of cycling infrastructure, identify areas for improvement, and provide actionable advice to enhance the cycling experience. Analysing 100+ attributes, it assesses the road safety risk, environment, and cycling experience. Combining bike-mounted AI machine vision technologies with data from connected logistics vehicles and cars, SCREEN will give a unique multidimensional understanding of cyclist risk.

    Partners: Factual (Lead), Social Tech Projects Aps, Vianova

    Countries: Spain, Denmark, France

    GreenMob: Multimodal journey planner for sustainable travel

    This project aims to address urban mobility challenges by promoting sustainable transport options and reducing CO2 emissions produced by motorised trips. GreenMob will develop a journey planner that integrates various modes of transport, providing information on routes, schedules, fares, and updates in real-time, as well as an innovative integration of a CO2 monitoring tool. The CO2 monitoring tool automatically recognises the mode of transport used and calculates emissions allowing consumers to make informed decisions. 

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Instant System, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Srl Societa Benefit, Viladecans City Council, Start Romagna Spa, City of Cesena

    Countries: Spain, France, Hungary, Italy

    AI4LIFE: AI-based smart and safe intersections for improved quality of life for urban citizens 

    Intersections, as key bottlenecks in cities and prone to fatal accidents, play a very important environmental, economic, and social role in urban environments. The goal of this project is to build an integrated AI-based smart intersection management system. The system will reduce congestion and thus GhG emissions, time wasted in traffic, accidents, and increase the quality of life of citizens. The solution will be validated in 2 pilot cities: Istanbul and Jena.

    Partners: City of Istanbul, ISBAK Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc., Kentyou (Lead), City Jena

    Countries: Türkiye, France, Germany

    This project will use cutting-edge technology for modal split analytics, based on anonymised telco datasets. This technology will enable cities, transit agencies, and public transport operators to study the geospatial and temporal characteristics of various mobility flows. It will provide users with a complex understanding of the complete demand and supply for mobility services across their governing territory. 

    Partners: THEOREMUS (Lead), Municipality of Ajka, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

    Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary

    PARKEDBYME is a project dedicated to enhancing sustainable city transport and optimising public space utilisation. Its mission is to provide an innovative solution that enables precise parking of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters within designated city areas. By focusing on high accuracy and efficiency, it aims to revolutionise the way micromobility vehicles are parked, delivering exceptional value to both users and city authorities. The project will undergo testing in Madrid and Prague.

    Partners: City of Prague, PowerHUB (Lead), Factual, Madrid City Council, Sparkpark

    Countries: Czech Republic, Spain, Norway

    Mobility & Energy

    IMPULSE aims to optimise the management of e-bus fleets. The project will do this through a software capable of processing real-time data on batteries’ status, vehicles and charging stations used, planned routes and specific, and characteristics of the transport network. To assess the effectiveness of the solution, two pilot cases in the cities of Lisbon and Kadıköy will be carried out with two different uses cases on public transport fleets.

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Carris, Municipality of Kadikoy, Realcity Its Kft.

    Countries: Spain, Portugal, Türkiye, Hungary

    H2_Dispenser: Green hydrogen decentralised production for enabling distributed, low cost, H2 cylinders dispenser and safe swopping station.

    H2dispenser provides a patent solution that will from one side provide Green hydrogen produced through electrolysis by small PV installation, at industrial or energy community plants. On the other side, it will enable an easy cylinder swap refilling operation. H2dispenser is capable of filling small H2 cylinders offering a ready-to-go refilling solution for enabling small-size size H2vehicles. The solution will be tested in Modena and Thessaloniki.

    Partners: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency (Lead), Bosch VHIT, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, CTS H2

    Countries: Italy, Greece

    EVOSS introduces an innovative Robotic Charging Device (RCD) equipped with a high-capacity battery and rapid charging plug that can provide flexible electric vehicle charging inside parking areas. The RCD can travel to the precise location where the EV is parked. The RCD optimises not only the charging process but also the use of the space by enabling parking sites to offer rapid charging solutions in every parking spot with zero infrastructure cost.

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (Lead), Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, Cityzone, Oto S.A. – Greece, Batteri

    Countries: Israel, Spain, Greece

    The MiGriS project aims to test sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions through integrable battery and vehicle stations, as well as modular and circular battery systems. It combines microgrid charging stations, circular and modular swappable batteries, and bidirectional charging capabilities. The solution provides environmentally friendly transportation options, improves quality of life, and promotes social participation.

    Partners: Technical University of Berlin (Lead), Municipality Of Dugopolje, nexus Institute, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Constin

    Countries: Germany, Croatia, Türkiye

    Sustainable City Logistics

    NIMBLE addresses the lack of solutions for logistics oriented towards small stores by defining a new, more efficient model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on: 1) consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime. 2) improving the operation of logistics stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a B2B case. And 3) deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favourable user experience. 

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Eurecat Foundation, Ayuntamiento De Esplugues De Llobregat, Braga Municipality, Smart Point

    Countries: Spain, Portugal

    This project aims to address the challenges faced by European cities and delivery companies in terms of air and noise pollution, congestion, and road accidents, caused by a rapid increase in e-commerce and last-mile deliveries. Green Dash seeks to meet the parcel and e-commerce market needs by way of delivery vehicle options that are sustainable, efficient, affordable, and easy to use. 

    Partners: VEFRESH (Lead) – Latvia, Riga City Council, Postnord, Sjsc “Latvijas Pasts”, Bruntor (Rhino R Sia)

    Countries: Latvia, Sweden

    The StandTrack project will further develop and test an intermodal solution for the identification and traceability of parcels and the communication between the agents involved in the transport of goods. The project aims to enhance the distribution of goods by improving interoperability, horizontal collaboration, and comprehensive traceability in the freight transportation chain.

    Partners: City of Milan, MOVEN, Braga Municipality, Citylogin Iberica S.L., Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Madrid, t-box delivery & solutions SL, Citet (Lead)

    Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal

    180 Degrees aerial panorama of the capital city of Romania, Bucharest. Blue sky above the center of the city.

    NetZeroCities: Twelve of EIT Urban Mobility’s Partner cities to pioneer in climate neutrality initiative

    The NetZeroCities project has announced an additional 26 Pilot Cities to test new rapid decarbonisation approaches over a two-year programme. A total of 79 Pilot Cities, including 12 partner cities affiliated with EIT Urban Mobility, are leading the way in implementing innovative approaches to address their unique climate challenges. The initiative embraces a diverse and tailored strategy, acknowledging local specificities in its systemic transformation activities. By the end of the pilot, a comprehensive set of climate-mitigation solutions, ready for implementation, scaling, or replication, will be identified.

    NetZeroCities Project: Empowering Cities for Climate Neutrality

    Despite cities taking up only 4 % of the EU’s land area, they house 75 % of EU citizens, making them pivotal in achieving Europe’s ambitious emission reduction goals. The six-year NetZeroCities project supports the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Netural and Smart Cities by 2030”, empowering cities to lead the way in decarbonisation efforts. The project develops and promotes tools, resources, and knowledge exchange that target and mitigate CO2-emitting urban systems. Dedicated services and pilot programmes facilitate learning about climate neutrality at the local level, with a Twinning programme promoting peer-learning among cities. 

    NetZeroCities Second Pilot Cities Cohort Announced

    The NeZeroCities project has just announced the second Pilot Cities Cohort, consisting of 2 cities working individually or collaboratively to test innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation. With a dedicated fund of 15 million Euros, this cohort aims to transform cities through initiatives spanning electrification of construction, citizen participation in climate action, and innovative governance systems. EIT Urban Mobility’s leading cities like Riga, Dublin, and Bucharest are actively participating in this endeavour, testing new approaches through 22 Pilot activities.

     

    Pilot Cities Cohort 3 Call Open

    In a continued effort to build on the project’s climate impact, NetZeroCities has opened the call for the third Pilot Cities Cohort until 18 March 2024. Cities not yet part of the Pilot Cities Programme are encouraged to become part of this pioneering effort, testing and implementing innovative approaches across various urban systems, contributing to climate neutrality.

    EIT Urban Mobility’s efforts in NetZeroCities reflect our mission to create positive change for people and planet, creating greener and more resilient European cities.

    Launch of Call for Proposals for Innovation

    Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that makes 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 threats 

    Wise medical advice led to lockdowns that inevitably saved millions of lives while freezing personal mobility. Who we are today, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive and move around our cities has changed. Maybe forever.  EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in Covid Response Initiatives. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passenger in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in 5 cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces.  New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.  

    It has been unforgettable year that has 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 there – you just need to find them. We learned that innovation can be financial beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth. 

    In 2021, we launch a call for the Innovation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year we will focus on four simple areas: Active Mobility, Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility and Future Mobility.  We expect great things from our own EIT Urban Mobility community and hubs. Moreover, having seen how our community responded to COVID with rapid, agile, and impactful projects – we expect more. Higher. Faster. Better. And as the saying goes “Don’t tell me how it cannot be done. Tell me how it can”. 

    We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022. 

    Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

    The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to take innovative ideas, improves them, and puts them into practice. EIT Urban Mobility aims to ensure safe urban transport, provide better data exploitation, increase modal shift, drive take-up of active transport, promote community self-help, and facilitate behavioural change. 

    By emphasising market-oriented business solution, innovation, can provide valuable evidenced based data from demonstrations and living labs to support regulatory, policy and behavioural changes  to improve urban life quality.  

    From over more than 250 urban mobility challenges  identified by European cities, a grouping of  9 “Challenge Areas” were identified and refined over 6 months open discussion with core EIT Urban Mobility partners and a wider public audience.   

    For the Call for Proposals 2022, four challenge areas will be supported directly by Innovation: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Future Mobility and Mobility & Energy. Additionally, there is one restricted area for the continuation of existing projects. Other Challenge Areas may be included in proceeding annual Calls for Proposals or addressed by other EIT Urban Mobility thematic areas.  

    Call summary 

    First Call for Proposals for Innovation for BP 2022 – 2024: Main Features 

    Dates  
    Call opening: 19 March 2021 
    Call closing: 18 May 2021 
    Eligibility and admissibility check: End of May 2021 
    Evaluation of proposals: June 2021 
    Communication of results: Beginning of July 2021 

    Budget allocation 
    Up to 7.7 million EUR 

    Link to submission portal 
    PLAZA platform – OPEN NOW!
    List of documents to be submitted 
    Application form available on the PLAZA platform

    List of documents to take into consideration 
    Business Plan 2022 – 2024 first call for proposals for Innovation 
    EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (link below) 
    Call Guidelines for applicants (link below)
    Appeal Procedure (link below)
    Eligibility of expenditures (link below)
    List of KPIs (link below)
    Monitoring and reporting (link below)
    Frequently Asked Questions – First Calls for BP2022-2024 (link below)
    Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement


    Short summary of the topics to be addressed 
    Active Mobility Active mobility is regular physical activity undertaken as a means of transport. It includes travel by foot, bicycle and other vehicles which require physical effort to get moving. The expected outcome would be higher levels of use of active mobility in target demo cities. 
    Future Mobility The expected outcome would be new services and disruptive technologies which have the potential to reshape the ways in which we live, work, and move within the city. 
    Sustainable City Logistics The expected outcome would include new vehicles, new procurement / purchasing models, new consolidation solutions, new hub services, new production models (e.g. so that goods are produced “close-to-home”), new software solutions for optimising freight, new solutions for managing loading/unloading etc.
     Mobility and Energy Increased use of cleaner fuelled vehicles. The measure implemented should have the potential for replication and scaling in other European contexts. 
    Continuation Proposal from BP2021 Existing proposals from EIT Urban Mobility Business Plan 2021 requesting a full 12-month or short 3-month extension into BP2022 are NOT required to complete a CfP2022 proposal on the PLAZA system. 
     
    Evaluation criteria 
    For the Strategic Fit evaluation
    Contribution to attaining mandatory EIT Core KPIs, 
    Fitting with BP 2022
    Call Challenge Area under which the proposal was submitted, and  
    Provides additional EIT UM specific KPIs. 
    For the full proposal evaluation
    Excellence, novelty, and innovation, 
    Impact and financial sustainability, and 
    Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management.
     

    Find all the information about this call below!

    Supporting documents:

    NEW! Additional document:

    Contact details 

    Type of contact Email 
    General/technical call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
    Innovation innovationcall2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 

    Events-Webinars 

    You can find the calendar on the main events here.

    Launch of Call for Proposals for Citizen Engagement

    Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that makes 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. 

    Wise medical advice led to lockdowns that inevitably saved millions of lives while freezing personal mobility. Who we are today, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive and move around our cities has changed. Maybe forever.  EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in EU’s collective efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, through the ‘EIT Crisis Response Initiative’ launched by EIT. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passenger in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in five cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces.  New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.  

    It has been an unforgettable year that has shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at pace and that solutions can be tested involving citizens and end-users. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are there – you just need to find them. We learned that innovation can be financial beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth and to more liveable, healthy and safe places to live for the citizens.  

    In 2021, we launch a call for the Citizen Engagement programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year we will focus on five simple areas: Active Mobility, Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility, Future Mobility, and Public Realm.  We expect great things of our own EIT Urban Mobility Community and Hubs. Moreover, having seen how our community responded to COVID-19 with rapid, agile, and impactful projects – we expect more. Higher. Faster. Better. And as the saying goes “Don’t tell me how it cannot be done. Tell me how it can”

    We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022 – 2024. 

    Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

    Citizen engagement projects, focusing on: 

    1. Testing or implementing innovative methodologies, tools, business models or processes through which citizens are involved or empowered in co-defining the mobility challenges and in co-creation processes.  
    1. Events to be implemented in at least two cities from different Innovation Hubs, targeting or involving citizens aiming to creating awareness about the role citizens and end-users can play in improving mobility for more liveable urban spaces. 

    Please note that there will be a Call Info Session with a dedicated part focusing on the Citizen Engagement Call for Proposals, scheduled for 23 March at 14.00-16-00 CET. You can find more information in the agenda here.

    Call summary 

    First call for proposals for Citizen Engagement for BP 2022 – 2024: Main Features.

    Dates  
    Call opening: 19 March 2021 
    Call closing: 18 May 2021 
    Eligibility and admissibility check: End of May 2021 
    Evaluation of proposals: June 2021 
    Communication of results: Beginning of July 2021 

    Budget allocation 
     Up to 800k EUR 

    Link to submission portal 
    PLAZA platform OPEN NOW!

    List of documents to be submitted 
    Application form available on the PLAZA platform

    List of documents to take into consideration  
    Business Plan 2022 – 2024 first call for proposals for Citizen Engagement
    EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (link below) 
    Call Guidelines for applicants (link below) 
    Appeal Procedure (link below)
    Eligibility of expenditures (link below)
    List of KPIs (link below)
    Monitoring and reporting (link below)
    Frequently Asked Questions – First Calls for BP2022-2024 (link below)
    Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement

    Short summary of the topics to be addressed 
    Citizen engagement projects, focusing on: 
    Testing or implementing innovative methodologies, tools, business models or processes through which citizens are involved or empowered in co-defining the mobility challenges and in co-creation processes.  
    Events to be implemented in at least two cities from different Innovation Hubs, targeting or involving citizens aiming to creating awareness about the role citizens and end-users can play in improving mobility for more liveable urban spaces.  

    Evaluation criteria 
    For the Strategic Fit Evaluation
    Contribution to EIT Urban Mobility strategic objectives (EIT UM Strategic Agenda), to the Citizen Engagement approach (Pillars Connect, Exchange, Empower) and EIT Core and EIT Urban Mobility specific KPIs. 
    Fitting with BP 2022 Call Area and EIT Urban Mobility challenges at which the project proposal has been submitted. 
    Addressing the concept of Knowledge Triangle Integration

    For the Full proposal evaluation
    Excellence, novelty, and innovation. 
    Impact and financial sustainability. 
    Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management. 

    Find all the information about this call below!

    Supporting documents:

    NEW! Additional document:

    Contact details 

    Type of contact Email 
    General/technical call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
    Citizen Engagement citizenengagementcall2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 

    Events-Webinars 

    You can find the calendar on the main events here.

    Launch of Call for Proposals for Business Creation

    Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. 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.

    Wise medical advice led to lockdowns that inevitably saved millions of lives while freezing personal mobility. Who we are today, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive and move around our cities has changed. Maybe forever.  EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in Covid Response Initiatives. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passenger in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in 5 cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces.  New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces of our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.  

    It has been an unforgettable year that has 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 there – you just need to find them. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth. 

    In 2021, we launch a call for the Business Creation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year we will focus on five simple areas: Active Mobility. Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility,  Future Mobility and Creating Public Realm.  We expect great things from our own EIT Urban Mobility community and hubs. Moreover, having seen how our community responded to COVID with rapid, agile, and impactful projects – we expect more. Higher. Faster. Better. And as the saying goes “Don’t tell me how it cannot be done. Tell me how it can”. 

    We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022 – 2024. 

    Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

    The overall purpose of the Business Creation 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 Business Creation programmes helps entrepreneurs grow their successful business ventures. It does so by providing a new-business-friendly environment, offering start-ups and scaleups training, advice, funding and opportunities for networking. 

    For the Business Plan 2022, Business Creation specifically looks for actions to continue and improve content, formats and business models of the Accelerator Programmes and SME Hub.  The Business Creation call in 2022 is focusing on two areas that reflect the different stages of maturity and needs of startups and SMEs: Acceleration and the SME Hub.  

    Call summary 

    First Call for Proposals for Business Creation for BP 2022 – 2024: Main Features 

    Dates  
    Call opening: 19 March 2021 
    Call closing: 18 May 2021 
    Eligibility and admissibility check: End of May 2021 
    Evaluation of proposals: June 2021 
    Communication of results: beginning of July 2021 

    Budget allocation 
    Up to 2.1 million EUR 

    Link to submission portal 
    PLAZA platform – OPEN NOW!

     
    List of documents to be submitted 
    Application form available on the PLAZA platform

    List of documents to take into consideration  
    Business Plan 2022 – 2024 first call for proposals for Business Creation 
    EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (link below) 
    Call Guidelines for applicants (link below) 
    Appeal Procedure (link below)
    Eligibility of expenditures (link below)
    List of KPIs (link below)
    Monitoring and reporting (link below)
    Frequently Asked Questions – First Calls for BP2022-2024 (link below)
    Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement

    Short summary of the topics to be addressed 
    Accelerator Programmes 
    Accelerator Programmes provide support for innovative mobility solutions by nurturing start-ups. There are two programme intakes per year. These include participation in Living Labs and business coaching as well as urban-mobility-specific expertise such as technology or market validation, product-market fit or market entry.  

    SME Hub Programme The SME Hub Programme provides support for innovative mobility solutions by boosting growth of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Programme participants will be exposed to city pilots and international networking opportunities.
       
    Evaluation criteria 
    For the Strategic Fit Evaluation: Contribution to the challenges and target defined in the EIT UM Strategic Agenda and EIT Core KPIs. Fitting with BP 2022 Call Area and Topic under which the programme proposal has been submitted. Addressing the concept of Knowledge Triangle Integration. 

    For the Full proposal evaluation
    Excellence, thought leadership and results-focus. 
    Impact and financial sustainability. 
    Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management.

     

    Find all the information about this call below!

    Supporting documents:

    NEW! Additional document:

    Contact details 

    Type of contact Email 
    General call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
    Specific for Business Creation businesscreationcall2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 

    Events-Webinars 

    You can find the calendar on the main events here.

    Launch of Academy Call for Proposals

    Urban mobility faces a number of challenges. We need solutions accelerating the transformation towards a sustainable mobility ecosystem and with a focus on liveable spaces. This requires a systemic approach involving all key stakeholder groups and calls for change regarding what we do and how it is done. A key element to manage this transformation is to close the knowledge gap within the area. We need to secure that the required capabilities and capacity are available to plan for and handle the transformation and to be relevant in a new context, a new urban mobility paradigm. This education or training need can be summarised as ability to implement and leverage on new technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and system transformation and change. This is an ongoing process and during 2020 the COVID-pandemic resulted in an increased awareness regarding the need for the urban mobility transformation and change in general.  

    Since the start of 2019, the EIT Urban Mobility has built up a portfolio of education and training offerings with a focus on master and doctoral level students, as well as professionals working within urban mobility. We now need to take the Academy to the next level. We have identified a number of well-defined problems or needs to address. We look for proposals to support us creating a relevant and widely applied education and training portfolio in line with our strategic ambitions and targeted impact. 

    We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022 – 2024. 

    Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

    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. The Academy Call focuses on improving our Master School and Competence Hub activities.

    For the Master School, we look for new more efficient teaching concepts, summer schools, marketing and raising awareness initiatives as well as specific activities improving teaching and training in the RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) regions. 

    The Competence Hub, our professional school targeting lifelong learning, welcomes proposals regarding urban mobility courses (online, blended, or face-to-face) with significant potential in impact and revenue. In addition, proposals concerning meeting city staff education and training needs, multi-stakeholder courses, hackathons, as well as proposals targeting RIS regions are most welcome. 

    Partners 

    The Academy Call is open to any type of organisation. The proposal should be submitted by a consortium comprising of minimum 2 sub-grantees from 2 different countries – EU Member State or associated country. 

    Call summary

    First Call for Proposals for Academy for BP 2022 – 2024: Main Features 

    Dates  
    Call opening: 19 March 2021 
    Call closing: 18 May 2021 
    Eligibility and admissibility check: End of May 2021 
    Evaluation of proposals: June 2021 
    Communication of results: beginning of July 2021 

    Budget allocation 
    Up to about 2.4 million EUR 

    Link to submission portal 
    PLAZA platform – OPEN NOW!

    List of documents to be submitted 
    Application form available on the Plaza platform

    List of documents to take into consideration 
    Business Plan 2022 – 2024 first call for proposals for Academy
    EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (link below) 
    Call Guidelines for applicants (link below) 
    Appeal Procedure (link below)
    Eligibility of expenditures (link below)
    List of KPIs (link below)
    Monitoring and reporting (link below)
    Frequently Asked Questions – First Calls for BP2022-2024 (link below)
    Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement

    Short summary of the topics to be addressed 
    Master School: 
    A number of specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Master School targets, including summer schools, marketing and awareness raising activities, increased geographical scope, efficiency improvements and the curricula. 

    Competence Hub: 
    A number of specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Competence Hub targets, including meeting unmet market needs, improved marketing and sales and financial sustainability, efficiency improvements and increased geographical scope and market. 

    Evaluation criteria 
    For the strategic fit evaluation
    Alignment with the scope of one of the stated call activities, see 3.4.2. Scope of the activities. Activities are thereby aligned with the EIT Urban Mobility SA.  
    KPIs in line with or exceeding the minimum level requirement, as stated for the respective call type of activity, see 3.4.2. Scope of the activities.  
    Potential of impact in line with or exceeding the minimum level requirement as stated for the respective call type of activity, see 3.4.2. Scope of the activities.  

    For the full proposal evaluation (if passing the strategic fit evaluation)
    Excellence and novelty 
    Impact and financial sustainability 
    Quality and efficiency of the implementation 

    Find all the information about this call below!

    Supporting documents:

    NEW! Additional document:

    Contact details 

    General aspects of the call call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
    Specific aspects for Academy academycall@eiturbanmobility.eu 

    Events-Webinars 

    You can find the calendar on the main events here.

    EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days

    The EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days are your chance to engage with EIT Urban Mobility and mobility innovators across Europe.

    Why get involved?

    • Learn about the upcoming Innovation Call for Proposals 2022 and the development of Action and Interest Groups. 
    • Gain insights on the four challenge areas prioritised by the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation activities. 
    • Hear from thought leaders on key innovations in each area and see corporate and organisational pitches on latest innovations.  
    • Hear from city representatives on their current engagement with EIT Urban Mobility and the mobility challenges they wish to address. 
    • Become a part of an EIT Urban Mobility’s Innovation Action and Interest Group 
    • Start a dialogue with EIT Urban Mobility 

    There will be four online sessions, for which registration is free and it is open to any European Organisation or those with EU research agreements. Sessions will focus on four thematic Challenge Areas: 

    • Future Mobility (18 February, 13:30 – 15:30) 
    • Active Mobility (23 February, 13:30 – 15:30) 
    • Sustainable City Logistics (24 February, 14:00 – 16:00) 
    • Mobility and Energy (25 February, 14:00 – 16:00) 

    These Challenge Areas will be core to the upcoming Innovation Call for Proposals 2022, and the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days are a key first step in building Action and Interest Groups across all of EIT Urban Mobility’s Challenge Areas.