EIT Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus launches Ideation Awards for Climathon and hackathon participants

EIT Climate-KIC has launched a call for ideas on sustainable, inclusive and aesthetic solutions for New European Bauhaus challenges. Open to EU teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, the call will be open from 25 October to 15 November 2021 and will offer prizes of up to €10,000 in seed funding. 

Led by EIT Climate-KIC, the Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus is engaging with European innovators to overcome fragmentation in the European innovation landscape, increase collaboration with universities to identify challenges and solutions, and ensure the engagement of civil society in the movement. The initiative will directly support the European Union’s New European Bauhaus (NEB), announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address, that aims to create beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places, products and ways of living. 

The initiative is now calling out to EU-based teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, to submit ideas that address one or more NEB challenges.

New European Bauhaus challenges include: 

  • Green transition through architectural, cultural and historic sites:  
  • Green roofs, green walls and other green infrastructure to reduce the heat island effect, enhance air quality and advance new aesthetic value in the urban environment.  
  • Urban, regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster stronger relationships between city dwellers and farmers.  
  • Towards circularity and urban resilience: 
  • Enhancement of the public realm, green areas and biodiversity, as well as their inclusiveness, accessibility and interconnection through active mobility, to improve physical and mental health.   
  • Circular economy actions based on the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilisation of bio-products and bio-waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products.  
  • Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all: 
  • Energy communities to ensure comfortable living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary service models.   
  • Digital open data platforms to ensure transparency and reliability of data.  

The NEB Ideation awards will offer an excellent opportunity to join a network of stakeholders making the New European Bauhaus’ ambition a reality on the ground, and enable actors to connect and collaborate on key issues. This will in turn contribute to the EU NEB strategy and enable participants to join a pipeline of ideas that will be shared with the European Commission and used in future Cross-KIC activities.  

Winning teams will be announced on 30 November, 2021 and will get the chance to win €10,000  in seed funding to implement their idea in 2022. Other prizes include €3,000  and a study visit to the World Design Capital 2022 event in Valencia (Spain); three Jury Awards (3,000 , 2,000  and 1,000 EUR) and one Audience Award (1,000 ). All winning teams will be granted a study visit to Valencia to participate in person to the Award Ceremony on 15 to 16 December, 2021

How to apply? 

  1. Download the NEB Ideation Awards Guidebook to access more details on the call. 
  2. Download and carefully download the application form. We will be accepting applications from 25 October to 15 November, 2021, 18:00 CET. 
  3. Record a video of maximum three minutes pitching your idea. Please briefly introduce your team indicating your location, define the NEB challenge addressed and concisely explain your solution integrating sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics. Explain potential benefits and impacts deriving from that solution. The video can be the same as the one used at your local Climathon or hackathon, or a different one. Design of the video is free style.  
  4. Send both the application and video together using the file-sharing platform Wetransfer to XKICNEB.IdeationAwards@climate-kic.org 

If you have any questions please contact Natalia Vera, Cross-KIC NEB Project Manager at EIT Climate-KIC: natalia.vera@climate-kic.org. 

EIT URBAN MOBLITY | Startup Investments 2021 (Q3)

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, centered on innovative ventures that are disrupting this landscape. 

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

In pursuit of leading positive change and business prosperity, EIT Urban Mobility is investing up to €150.000 per company in high-impact startups and scale-ups to accelerate their journey, to continue critical innovation and to ultimately transform the European urban mobility landscape. 

An EIT Urban Mobility investment will not only provide you with capital but also position you in the venturing ecosystem and include you in our European partner network of corporates, investors and cities. 

Who qualifies for startup investment?

Startups and scale-ups currently fundraising or preferably already in an ongoing funding round with the following characteristics: 

  • Incorporated not more than 10 years ago 
  • Less than 100 employees on their payroll
  • Innovative product/ service contributing to at least one of the EIT Urban Mobility Focus Areas:  
  1. Urban Air Mobility  
  2. Waterway Transportation & Water Logistics 
  3. Connected Vehicles 
  4. Mobility & Energy 
  5. Autonomous Vehicles and Systems 
  6. Mapping and Navigation 
  7. Sensors and Training Data 
  8. Mobility Services 
  9. Vehicle Marketplaces and Aftermarket 
  10. Smart Cities & Smart Parking 
  11. Last-mile Delivery & Green Logistics 

For more information, please contact Pablo Garrido

Tips for future applicants

You can submit your application form using EIT Urban Mobility platform. The platform has new functionalities to help you prepare your application, and the Guide for Applicants and FAQs on the EIT Urban Mobility’s website have been updated.

  • You can prove that your company has successfully developed and commercialised products or services that represent a significant innovation in markets where value and monetisation can be maximised 
  • You have the management and technical expertise, with the necessary resources to show that the company is economically viable 
  • Your company’s operations, products/services contribute positively to at least one of the EIT Urban Mobility’s Core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG3, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11 and SDG13 

Activity DateComment 
Call opens25 October 2021Register here: application form
Deadline12 November 2021
Evaluation of proposals12 – 19 November 2021 Timeframe dependent on number of eligible applications  
Final Evaluation period with Virtual Pitch, Q&As and Due Diligence22 – 26 November 2021Timeframe dependent on number of eligible applications 
Announcement of companies selected29 – 30 November 2021Outcome notifications for different selected applications will be made as they happen
Approval and signature of investmentDecember 2021   

What we offer

Our startup investment instrument consists of up to €150.000 in exchange for equity. If selected for investment, your company will also benefit from access to regional ecosystems, infrastructure and coaching to drive growth and internationalisation. 

These are the requirements that companies need to fulfil to be eligible:

  1. The amount of equity for EIT Urban Mobility needs to be substantiated (e.g. company valuation set in the last funding round, revenues, term sheet, etc.) when submitting the application form.
  2. EIT Urban Mobility will be a strategic shareholder, and EIT Urban Mobility’s shares would be diluted in case of capital increases
  3. Selected Applicants are required to contribute to EIT Urban Mobility’s Financial Sustainability Mechanism (FSM). The Applicant will give out company’s shares in exchange of the investment received, based on the company’s valuation and investment amount agreed by EIT Urban Mobility and the applicant. This means EIT Urban Mobility will benefit from the success of your business
  4. A term sheet and a shareholders agreement shall be notarised to formalise the investment

Selection criteria

  • Resilience and capacity to leverage your company’s resources as a response to the changing environment and challenges and opportunities, ensuring traction and growth 
  • Positive contribution to at least one of our challenge areas (Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Creating Public Realm, Future Mobility and Mobility & Energy) and to Core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG3, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11 and SDG13 
  • You have secured/ committed investment from other accredited investors (BA, VC, CVC, etc.) in your current capital raise where EIT Urban Mobility would participate 
  • You can act fast and diligently to formalise the current funding round and the investment process  

The equality between men and women is a core value for EIT Urban Mobility. We support the adoption of the EIT’s Gender Mainstreaming Policy and its impact in the Knowledge Triangle.

In consequence, investments in companies with at least one woman in the managing team will prevail over investments exclusively in male teams.

Exclusion criteria

Applicants will be excluded if they:  

  • Are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion) 
  • Are in one of the following situations: a. Bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts) b. Declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts)  
  • Are found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Are convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Have misrepresented information required for participating in the EIT Urban Mobility funding scheme or fail to submit such information  
  • Were involved in the preparation of any documentation regarding this call or are involved in the evaluation process of this call and this entails a distortion of competition 

Selection process and key dates

  • Please use this application form to express interest and provide all requested  details about your company at the latest  by the 12 of November 2021
  • All applications will be evaluated by EIT Urban Mobility staff with the support of independent external experts and venture capital investors
  • By the 29 – 30 of November 2021, EIT Urban Mobility will announce the companies selected and will also communicate the next steps
  • All information you share with us will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR (Regulation EU 2016/679)  

Podcast: How do startups work and how do they navigate the mobility industry?

Episode 7 of podcast ‘Conversations in the Park’ (the second one sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility) puts all the emphasis on start-ups and how they navigate the complex mobility industry. We invited two start-up leaders to tell us about their experiences and the challenges they are facing. 

Mari-Ly Klaats is the COO of Auve Tech, maker of self-driving vehicles and autonomous transportation systems. Based in Estonia, they are working on a number of important projects throughout Europe. 

Our second guest is Vianova’s co-founder and CEO, Thibault Castagne. The data company aims to bridge the gap between cities and mobility operators to create smarter urban spaces. They operate internationally between France, USA, China, UK, Spain, Chile, Sweden to introduce intelligent mobility solutions. 

We also wanted to have a larger-scale view, so we invited our Business Creation Director Fredrik Hånell. In his work, he has supported and observed many start-ups in their journey from idea to success, which provided us with some very valuable insights. 

Here is what we learned from our conversation with them about the startup journey: 

The beginning and end outcomes are often very different

Starting at the beginning, we wanted to know how a start-up is created. Our speakers seemed to all agree that it is not a straightforward process. 

As is the case with many young companies, usually someone with an entrepreneurial mindset would come up with a revolutionary idea they believe can solve a big problem. They begin to work to develop the idea into a product that can be marketed and sold. Do research, prepare presentations, meet with possible investors and follow the process. 

Sometimes however, the idea ends up being unsuccessful. Which could be due to many reasons. But from that grows a different idea that ends up being more viable. And by going through the process of ‘failure’, the entrepreneurs have learned so much more about the industry and what actually makes a success. Having gone through that, they can now reiterate and build upon their initial product. 

In other cases, the idea finds the entrepreneur instead. They may just be exploring a certain solution/technology as part of academic research or their line of work. And then find out that what they are exploring can actually fill a gap in the market. Or change the market completely. That then encourages them to keep experimenting and turn the idea into a business. Similarly to the above example, they may go through several iterations until they reach a fleshed-out product. 

Cities cannot catch up with start-ups 

We live in a day and age when technological innovation is happening at a massive rate. And the mobility ecosystem is no exception; every day we make progress on autonomy, data management, electromobility. Start-ups, like Auve Tech and Vianova, are at the forefront of that, they are the ones constantly evolving and introducing new technologies. But in order to apply them and improve lives, they need the cities. 

And cities often are not fully caught up with all that change. Infrastructure is still built around the old ways of moving and living, which makes it difficult to incorporate new mobility solutions. There is also the issue of legislation. New technology may take a few weeks to get developed, whereas a new law takes years. In addition, to bring a product from prototype to widespread market use, startups often rely on funding from government bodies. Which again, takes time. Another hurdle may be that the people in a city are not ready for a certain innovation. A big percentage of the public still does not trust autonomous vehicles completely. 

Prevalently, what we see is that start-ups oftentimes have to educate and wait for cities to catch up to the rapid growth happening. And that slows down the progress they are capable of introducing. 

Our speakers expand on these hurdles in much more detail during the episode. Hear their personal experiences on episode 7 of the podcast ‘Conversations in the Park’ here: 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-startup-journey-in-mobility/id1546360284?i=1000537093158 

And everywhere else you find your podcasts.

Our Innovation Hub Central welcomed last week partners and stakeholders in its new premises in Munich

The Innovation Hub Central is one of five Innovation Hubs that EIT Urban Mobility has created to engage, support and to widen its partnership, to build up and share knowledge amongst the local ecosystems and to increase awareness across the whole Europe.

Relaxed COVID19 regulations and the new location of Innovation Hub Central in the Munich Urban CoLab allowed for a three-day face-to-face and semi online inauguration event taking place between 20-22 September 2021 in Munich (Germany).

On the first day, Innovation Hub Central presented to local and regional stakeholders the vision and mission of EIT Urban Mobility, our action-orientated innovation, business creation and the various training programmes of the Academy as well as the services we offer to support the scaling and market uptake of innovative solutions. We also had the opportunity to showcase the vibrant and dedicated Munich ecosystem and the startups we support in the field of urban mobility to our partners that had come to Munich from across the geography of the hub to the event.

From left to right, Directors of Innovation Hub West, Edwin Heesakers, East, Traian Urban, North, Henrik Morgen, South, Daniel Serra, and Central, Judith O’Meara.

The following day was dedicated to thematic topics with panel discussions on the New European Bauhaus Initiative by the European Commission and on Future Mobility, with a special focus on Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Speakers from partner cities, universities, research institutions, industry and startups participated in the discussions. 

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Within the framework of the European Mobility Week, site visits were organised by the City of Munich in the afternoon to mobility-related places of special interest to foster active mobility and the creation of liveable urban spaces.

On the third day of the event, two EIT Urban Mobility Action and Impact Groups (AIGs) on Public Realm & Active Mobility were launched and followed by ideation sessions. AIGs aim at identifying and applying for regional, national, and European level funding schemes, adjacent to the EIT Urban Mobility mission and for the added benefit of our partners. In parallel, a meeting of the Specific Interest Group (SIG) on Urban Air Mobility took place to plan joint actions on the field.

While local and regional stakeholders learnt more about EIT Urban Mobility and the topics of special interest to the partners of Innovation Hub Central, new connections were created across the local ecosystems located in Innovation Hub Central and ideas were discussed and explored in view of the next Project Development Lifecycle.

Learn more about this hub and its work!

Three levers to unlock artificial intelligence benefits in urban mobility

With its ability to interpret data, assist judgments, and generate insights that are beyond human manual processing capabilities, artificial intelligence (AI) is profoundly changing urban mobility systems.

Promising AI applications focusing on end users’ journeys are at the centre of the recent EIT Urban Mobility report on AI[1], which explores the use of AI in fields such as Mobility as a Service and Demand Responsive Transport. One of the report’s use cases features HaCon and Siemens Mobility, two companies that work with machine learning to predict the number of passengers in public transport, providing travellers with estimates of how crowded public transport will be. The solution has been implemented by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) in and around the city of Frankfurt in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to make social distancing easier for public transport users.

This is a testament to the fact that AI is already playing a central role in supporting the development of user-centric, citizen-oriented urban mobility.

Similarly, the AI TraWell project[2], co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by a consortium including Fraunhofer and University College London, is using AI to create an app that optimises multimodal routes to fit travellers’ preferences and wellbeing. In this case, AI helps provide predictive information about the different transport modes a user considers, so each journey can be adapted to one’s preferences. Additional AI applications in mobility include traffic and logistics forecasts, on-demand bus services, vehicle tracking on transport networks, or self-driving car technologies such as automated valet parking, which is a currently widespread application for AI in cars.

To further accelerate the development and deployment of AI in the mobility sector, business leaders and policymakers across Europe need to pay special attention to three priority areas: investments in AI; data infrastructure & skills; ethical & trustworthy AI.

1. Increase AI investments for Europe to catch up in global race

With its potential to increase efficiency and productivity, the momentum around artificial intelligence has been growing over recent years, in sectors as diverse as information and communication, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing. In terms of yearly investments, the US and China are clearly dominating the international stage: of the €25 billion total investment worldwide in blockchain and AI technologies each year, the US and China account for more than 80%, while the EU’s share only amounts to 7%, or about €1.75 billion. This echoes findings from the EIT Urban Mobility report on AI, according to which one of the biggest barriers to AI solution deployment arebudget constraints (for a third of the survey respondents).

Stressing this investment discrepancy between Europe, the US, and China, a recent report on AI and blockchain by the European Investment Bank (EIB) highlights a gap of up to €10 billion that is “holding back development and deployment of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in the EU.” The launch of a new EU funding instrument in March 2021 of up to €150 million should help close part of this gap, by focusing on AI early and growth companies in Europe.

2. Improve data infrastructure and skills to reap the full benefits of AI

According to the results of the industry survey[3] of the EIT Urban Mobility study, the provision and use of AI services in Europe is still mainly focused on the business-to-business (B2B) sector: of the AI companies surveyed in the EIT Urban Mobility report, 76% operate within the B2B space. While all companies use or provide AI in part of their daily operations, more than 60% of survey respondents have yet to feel that AI solution deployment actually leads to revenue generation, and 54% of respondents stated that AI solutions had not been impacting costs. This reflects some important barriers that are still hindering the full use of AI’s potential. In this regard, the lack of technical feasibility (stressed by 60% of respondents) and the poor data availability and quality (50%) are the most important non-financial bottlenecks.

The positive impact of AI on revenue increase and cost reduction still needs to be felt in some key business areas 

In parallel, the governance of both AI providers and adopters needs to be improved in line with the new challenges and opportunities arising from a more widespread use of artificial intelligence in businesses: according to the experts surveyed, the three main risk areas where improvements are needed to better fit AI in corporate activities are cybersecurity (73%), compliance (55%), and personal privacy (55%). To face these risks, European businesses need competent staff equipped with the necessary AI knowledge and skills to make the best use of AI and reap its full benefits.

3. Implement a clear framework for ethical, trustworthy AI

Despite being already omnipresent in our lives, AI is not regulated under a set of globally agreed standards. However, in the global race for competitiveness in AI, the EU stands out as a leader in ethical AI, thanks to an encompassing data strategy. In April 2021, the European Commission proposed a harmonization of rules for AI to establish a framework protecting people’s security and fundamental rights. This will be an essential milestone toward the development of a single market for lawful and safe AI, while preventing market fragmentation. Importantly, it will contribute to reinforce trust in the technology and provide the regulatory certainty cutting-edge innovation needs to thrive.


Looking ahead, enhanced governance and more effective enforcement of existing regulations applicable to AI systems will accelerate the development and deployment of AI in Europe, with positive impact on the accuracy and uptake of user-centric urban mobility applications.

The report can be accessed here


Background information

[1] Report based on a survey of more than 60 AI experts in the fields of urban mobility, climate, manufacturing, and health – both AI technology providers and adopters.

[2] AI TraWell is a consortium project of Achmea, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer Society, Gehl Architects, ISBAK, Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund, Open & Agile Smart Cities, TomTom, University College London, with the participation of the cities of Copenhagen, Istanbul, Lublin, and Munich.

[3] The survey sample of 64 replies includes companies and institutes affiliated with EIT Climate, Manufacturing, Urban Mobility, and Healthcare. The survey covers both data management for AI development as well as AI business model and applications in Europe. Respondents are mostly AI solution providers (68%), followed by AI technology adopters (28%), and AI technology investors (4%).

Welcome2Europe – Global outreach programme for international startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility has opened a new call for participants. A total of 5 startups will be selected from around the globe to take part in the activities, which will promote global outreach for urban mobility startups based outside the European Union.

Welcome2Europe will host 5 international startup companies targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. This activity will foster engagement between startups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, public administrations and potential investors. Preparation workshops will facilitate the selected startups to boost their future presentations and networking with potential customers.

We offer:

  • Participation in networking events (online due to COVID) with key stakeholders (such as startups, SMEs, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, potential investors, and public administrations) for the urban mobility startups participating.
  • Participation in workshops and mentoring sessions with international experts.
  • Access or participation to Smart City Expo World Congress
  • Introduction to the local ecosystem
  • Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 August 2021

Living labs report published!

The living labs report is the main output of the inventory of urban mobility living labs in the Pan-European region conducted by LuxMobility and Breda University of Applied Sciences and funded by the EIT Urban Mobility in 2020. The aim of this public report is to provide the wider transport community with an understanding of the potential of successfully ran living labs and their essential contribution to the transformation of the current urban mobility system. 

This report will help the urban mobility innovation community to better understand the scope of the mobility living labs movement in Europe, the shapes and forms of these labs, their added value for the mobility transition, and the barriers and opportunities they are facing. The in-depth analysis presented in this report focuses on the following topics:

  • origin; 
  • duration; 
  • main topics addressed; 
  • key owners and stakeholders involved; 
  • relation to policy initiatives; 
  • real-life environment characteristics; 
  • co-creation and end-user involvement; 
  • operational structure; 
  • business models; 
  • kind of activities facilitated; 
  • key challenges; and 
  • areas of support needed.  

Since 2006 the concept of the living lab is recognised by the European Commission as a key tool for open innovation. Living labs have spread over Europe in various waves, first focusing on new ICT tools but later also extending to other fields, such as sustainable energy, healthcare, safety, and mobility. Nowadays, newspapers are full of news items on living labs, promoting networks of living labs recently created, and covering European projects that organise their activities within the living labs set-up. The present report illustrates that operational set up, local urban mobility strategies, as well as the goals of the main key stakeholders have led in practice to a large variety of urban mobility living labs in Europe. 

The key elements of living labs – active user involvement, multiple-stakeholder platform for innovation in real-life contexts, multi-method, and co-creation approach – are completely aligned with EIT Urban Mobility’s vision and mission. This mission covers improving people’s quality of life by creating more liveable urban spaces through innovation and transformation in urban mobility, decarbonising transport and making Europe’s economy and the transport sector more competitive. Therefore, living labs are a key strategic instrument within the EIT Urban Mobility to boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions and accelerating the transition to scale by engaging directly with the citizens and the local community, and all stakeholders in a real-life environment.

The city of Barcelona chose Urban Radar to run a pilot project to improve loading zones citywide

Urban Radar, a French based start-up supported by EIT Urban Mobility,  was selected to run a pilot project on curb management and urban logistics in Barcelona, one of the leading European smart cities. Urban Radar’s platform fits in Barcelona’s strategy by enabling communities and city managers to take an accessible data-centric approach.  Thanks to this solution, carbon emissions, pollution, and congestion will be reduced, thereby contributing to more sustainable mobility of people and goods.

Following EIT Urban Mobility’s mission to improve mobility to make cities more liveable places, Urban Radar’s pilot proposal focuses on enabling sectoral collaborations and tailoring tools to improve the way city logistics is currently understood, coordinated, and regulated. The coordinated work with the city of Barcelona has delivered insights on how the current network of loading zones (AreaDUM- Area of Urban Distribution of Goods) is utilised, and what policies and changes could be made to the network to better address the needs of citizens and industry.

On the pilot project, Raül Feliu, Business Creation Manager at EIT Urban Mobility, explained that this project is at the core of EIT Urban Mobility’s mission to create more liveable urban spaces by tackling the logistics and curb management challenges faced by the city of Barcelona and by many other European cities.

According to Philippe Rapin, CEO of Urban Radar, this pilot is a win-win. “Our technology can combine multiple data sets to build measurable impact solutions in a quick, affordable, and secure way together with the city of Barcelona”.

The pilot project is one of the first steps on Barcelona’s mission towards a new governance model in urban logistics, founded on public-private collaborations and the digitalisation of logistics activity and loading zones.

Àngel López, Director of Mobility Strategies at the city of Barcelona considers the project a key turning point to better manage the last-mile logistics and the continuous flow of vehicles and packages across districts. This collaboration between Barcelona, Urban Radar, and EIT Urban Mobility will positively impact citizens’ life by lowering congestion, improving air quality and promoting more sustainable urban logistics.

Launch of Call for Proposals focused on Creating Public Realm

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 Innovation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year we will focus on four simple areas: Active Mobility, Sustainable City 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 – 2024. 

Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

As cities in Europe and worldwide are bouncing back stronger and more resilient after the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing momentum to rethink our cities and promote more sustainable and healthy urban living by building beautiful, sustainable, inclusive places to live together after the pandemic. New research shows that the rediscovery of proximity provides a window to shift faster from a target of increasing mobility to one of enhancing accessibility by revisiting public space, urban design and planning. We are yet unsure about how the near post-pandemic future will look like, however, this crisis has undoubtedly changed our relationship with city streets, the public realm and local facilities.  

The transformation of our cities has started already in many ways. Some of the most forward-thinking cities, small and big, have set out ambitious strategies and plans to cater for the growing demand for housing and travel in urban areas, reduce the impact of transport on societies and the environment, and make cities more attractive places where to live and work. And there are also a growing number of examples of grassroots movements for shaping urban environments. The citizens and local communities in Europe and worldwide are reclaiming the streets and public infrastructure to create vibrant neighbourhoods by implementing placemaking and tactical urbanism projects that have a remarkable impact on public spaces.  

Cities that have successfully put people and the environment at the centre of planning have a vision for great public space. But space is a scarce resource especially in dense urban centres and there are many competing demands for the little public space available. City stakeholders need to navigate the competing demands to offer inhabitants liveable spaces, free of pollution, where nature can retake its place for environmental benefits and benefits of the city’s inhabitants while providing inclusive opportunities for social exchange. 

The goal of this call for projects is to generate social innovation by improving and transforming streets and public spaces with tactical urbanism and street experiments as part of a city-wide approach for liveable cities, and building on adopted mobility strategies and plans in cities. 

Projects will implement pilots for inclusive, safe and accessible public realm design in a city or town, and build momentum for long-term policy change in communities – especially in disconnected and less central neighbourhoods – to help improve liveability for all local residents.  

Partners 

For the 2022 Public Realm Call, any EIT Urban Mobility partner, including new potential project partners can be the Lead Applicant or participate in the call.   A minimum of two cities and at least one other type of partner from the private sector, academia and research can form a consortium. 

Call summary 

First Call for Proposals for Public Realm 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 Creating Public Realm
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 
Projects shall be complementary actions within a city-wide system of public spaces and add additional social value to existing ongoing local initiatives in implementing sustainable urban mobility measures (e.g., SUMP), masterplans, spatial development and urban transformation plans.  
Tactical urbanism activities should deliver healthy and accessible public spaces. They should contribute to increasing citizen participation by improving the quality of urban areas, especially the neighbourhoods, and making urban areas more attractive and thereby attract more resources.  
The projects should demonstrate that wider social and environmental benefits -such as more physical activity, less pollution and traffic, safer mobility – can be achieved by providing universal access to safe, inclusive, and accessible, green and public spaces, or scaling approaches and solutions for wider citizen participation to reach new communities and neighbourhoods hence improving urban liveability and wellbeing.  

The activities should contribute to: 
Improving the quality of the existing public infrastructure for safe and healthy mobility (walking and cycling networks). 
Encouraging sustainable travel habits and a reduction of car dependency for short trips by improving local accessibility including to public transport. 
Boosting recreational and business purposes by respacing city streets, widening sidewalks and refurbishing the public realm. 
Embedding local improvements in urban design to make street spaces friendlier and enjoyable places (e.g., healthy and complete street approaches). 

Evaluation criteria 
For the Strategic Fit Evaluation
Contribution to the challenges and target defined in the EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda and EIT Core KPIs 
Fitting with BP 2022 Call Area and Topic under which the project proposal has been submitted. 
Addressing the concept of Knowledge Triangle Integration 

For the Full proposal evaluation
Excellence, novelty and innovation 
Impact  
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 
Public Realm publicrealmcall2022@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.

What were the most successful Urban Mobility strategies during COVID-19?

In 2020 EIT Urban Mobility conducted a survey across 16 European cities to understand and analyse mobility strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This built the basis for a study on urban mobility strategies during COVID-19, written by our partners Bable, CARNET, CTAG, DTU, and UPC, with the support of Miljöstrategi AB.

The full report analyses the urban mobility strategies deployed by cities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each chapter provides extensive insights on aspects such as sustainable urban mobility system requirements, the impact of the virus so far on urban mobility, the role of innovation in this context, and the economic impact on new mobility.

The short version of the report is part of EIT UM’s Urban Mobility Next series, that provides practitioners with exclusive content on cutting edge urban mobility issues. It focuses on the main outcomes of the study, based on the analysis of the survey results as well as on selected best practices.

EIT Urban Mobility organises a webinar on 23 March to present the results of this report and to give interested readers the opportunity to directly discuss findings with the authors. Click here to register!


Matteo Consonni will be moderating today at 16:00 CET at El mundo que viene: La movilidad del futuro

The virtual event “El mundo que viene: La movilidad del futuro”, organised BStartup de Banco Sabadell y Startup Valencia, will take place on the 19 January 2021 at 16:00 CET.

Matteo Consonni, Business Creation Manager at EIT Urban Mobility, will moderate a session with other high level panelists and experts in the sector:

  • Pep Gómez, CEO y founder de Reby 
  • Mar Alarcón CEO y founder de SocialCar
  • Juan Bueno, CEO y founder de Myrentgo Mobility y asesor estratégico de movilidad de Cities Forum
  • Ignacio Boneu,  European Marketing Manager de Ford Smart Mobility

During this session we will cover important topics, such as:

  • How public administration can support startups and innovation
  • The importance of regulation
  • Megatrends in urban mobility
  • The impact of covid in city mobility
  • The interaction between startups and corporates and between public and private sectors to foster innovation in urban mobility
Learn more about this event and register now!