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

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator South Programme welcomes its Batch #3 participants

From over 100 applications from all over Europe and associated countries, EIT Urban Mobility selected the 25 most-promising startups to be part of the third cohort of this 6-month Accelerator Programme. Out of these, five will be participating in the South Programme, kicking-off officially on 12 July.

The selected companies will benefit from financial support, mentoring, training, expert workshops, free office space, access to local ecosystems, and infrastructure, and a lot more provided by the acceleration partners in the five Innovations Hubs.

All the teams and their dedicated founders are solving mobility-related problems with innovations that make our lives easier and happier. Learn more about the startups from Innovation Hub South and how they are transforming urban mobility to adapt it to society’s needs.

Participants – Innovation Hub South

  • Volvero (Italy)
    Volvero is an app for sharing vehicles that connects owners with people who need one, saving time and money. Through AI and advanced technologies, they improve quality and security. Built to be Airbnb for vehicles, the app brings a significant social and environmental impact. Volvero is a game-changer in mobility as it targets several problems faced by society and our digital-only solution allows for a full and unlimited scalability. Learn more
  • Pendel Mobility (Spain)
    Pendel enables Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to offer travellers a more accessible, sustainable and safer mobility option. They do this by providing the next-gen of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service through integrating electric, intelligent, automated shuttles (AS). Learn more
  • Inteligg PC (Greece)
    Inteligg P.C. develops products, provides services, and engages in research in the fields of energy, transport, environment and rural applications, focusing on social innovation, sustainable mobility and economy, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as ICT solutions, aiming to become a global player in Smart Cities solutions in the next few years. Learn more
  • Deeptraffic (Greece)
    As traffic, congestion, safety and the environment pose ever increasing challenges for urban and highway road networks, the technology offered by deeptraffic, is envisioned as the new paradigm for the effective management of traffic, in view of today’s increased vehicles’ connectivity, as well as of the upcoming increased vehicles’ automation. Learn more
  • MinervaS (Italy)
    MinervaS provides a suite of integrated solutions for smart & future mobility, from driving advisors (TruckY) to fleet management tools, all tailored to the vehicle and size of the customer’s business. TruckY is the ADAS plug&play device capable of increasing the environmental sustainability of heavy-duty vehicles thanks to its patented method, offering a reduction in fuel consumption up to 10% and the containment of the related polluting emissions. Learn more

We are looking forward to six months of intense collaboration and support to these teams that solve urban mobility related problems affecting citizens across our cities, that will conclude in December with our Demoday event.

The programme, financed by the EIT Urban Mobility, is developed by the acceleration partners from the Innovation Hub South: UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, CARNET, CTAG and UPF.

Discover more information about the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme here.

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 for Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)

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 ruggedized rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passengers 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. In the RIS region, not just special projects have been done, but also our network has been strongly extended to be locally present in the RIS countries in this challenging time. 

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 a 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 EIT RIS Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. All activities of the RIS programme have the mission to connect all innovation talents in Europe and support them to work together. If the talents are working in more challenging innovation ecosystems of the RIS countries the RIS programme should help them to have the same chances for success. Accordingly, the RIS call is focusing on all activity areas of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation, Education, and Business Creation. 

In RIS Innovation we have a special programme to connect RIS and non-RIS stakeholders on everyday project activities, this is called RIS Innovation Twin Projects. Innovation projects on the four innovation focus areas: Active Mobility. Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility and Future Mobility, can have twin projects with RSI stakeholders, who are working on the same topic. The RIS twin project must have a high added value to the innovation project. 

Besides the RIS Innovation Twin projects are projects focusing on the RIS specific innovation needs, education, and business creation also welcome. 

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 First Call for proposals for RIS for the BP2022 – 2024, the RIS programme will address the following main areas: 

  1. RIS Innovation 

Looking for new products/services or business models developed in or for RIS countries. 

1.a) RIS Innovation Twin Projects are projects in strong link to projects of the Innovation call. The RIS twin project members (non-KIC member RIS stakeholder) are working for the same goal, with the same team, have clear added value to the innovation project, with which they are linked. RIS Innovation Twin Projects have a clear preference in the RIS innovation portfolio. 

RIS Innovation Twin Projects are working on the topics defined by the Innovation call: 

  • 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 way in which we will live and work and how we 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 in one or more European city. The measure implemented should have the potential for replication and scaling in other European contexts. 

1.b) RIS Innovation projects for specific RIS needs are innovations reacting on special needs of the RIS region. As result of the project an innovative product must be introduced on the market with high scale up potential. Pilots with city involvement are strongly preferred. 

2) RIS Education 

  • Supporting cooperation in the RIS education activities,  
  • Offering new courses or special professional education programs for RIS professionals,  
  • University-city cooperation to raise awareness for new local challenges and connected possible innovative solutions of young talents 

3) RIS Business Creation 

  • Systemic approach to integrate all RIS start-up support and other business creation activities to a harmonised international system for better efficiency,  
  • introduce best practice of business creation activities to adapt them in the RIS regions,  
  • cover uncovered RIS areas for urban mobility business creation with a long-term financial sustainability concept. 

4) RIS community building 

  • Actions to support the integration of local RIS innovation communities in the innovation community, 
  •  Actions for strengthening the local innovation community and local knowledge triangle integration. 

Call summary 

First call for proposals for RIS for BP2022 – 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 1.9 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 RIS 
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 
RIS Innovation Looking for new products/services or business models developed in or for RIS countries. 

1.a) RIS Innovation Twin Projects are projects with strong links to projects of the Innovation call. The RIS Twin Project members (non-KIC member RIS stakeholder) are working for the same goal, with the same team, have clear added value to the innovation project, with which they are linked. RIS Innovation Twin Projects have a clear preference for the RIS innovation portfolio. 

RIS Innovation Twin Projects are working on the topics defined by the Innovation call: 

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 way in which we will live and work and how we 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.  

1.b) RIS Innovation projects for specific RIS needs are innovations reacting on special needs of the RIS region. As a result of the project an innovative product must be introduced on the market with high scale up potential. Pilots with city involvement are strongly preferred. 
 
2) RIS Education Supporting cooperation in the RIS education activities,  Offering new courses or special professional education programmes for RIS professionals,  University-city cooperation to raise awareness for new local challenges and connected possible innovative solutions of young talents. 

3) RIS Business Creation
 Systematic approach to integrate all RIS startup support and other business creation activities to a harmonised international system for better efficiency,  
Introduce best practice of business creation activities to adapt them in the RIS regions,  
Cover uncovered RIS areas for urban mobility business creation with a long-term financial sustainability concept. 

4) RIS community building 
Actions to support integration of local RIS innovation communities with the innovation community, 
Actions for strengthening the local innovation community and local knowledge triangle integration.  


Evaluation criteria 
For the Strategic Fit Evaluation
Contribution to the challenges and target defined at the EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda and EIT Core KPIs 
Fitting with BP 2022 RIS Call strategic goals. 
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. 
Geographical balance of RIS coverage 

Find all the information about this call below!

Supporting documents:

NEW! Additional document:

Contact details 

Type of contact Email 
General/technical call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
RIS riscall2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 

Events-Webinars 

You can find the calendar on the main events here

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 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.

Is the future of mobility rail?

The transport sector is responsible for about 25% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions. The European Green Deal, the EU’s plan to be climate neutral by 2050, aims for a 90% reduction in transport emissions during this period by prioritising cleaner and healthier means of transport.  

Contributing only 0.4% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, and as the safest mode of land transport, rail is both a safe and sustainable means of transport. Despite this, only about 7% of passengers and 11% of goods in Europe currently travel by rail. Increased use of rail will significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and pollution coming from EU transport. To promote rail transport – both passenger and freight – the EU has designated 2021 as the European Year of Rail.  

2021 is the first year of implementation of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package, which aims to remove institutional, legal, and technical obstacles to achieve its vision of creating an integrated European railway area. One such obstacle to passenger rail transport is the fragmented local and/or regional Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers across Europe. 

Led by Achmea, the project UMOS aims to overcome this by building a pan-European open service platform for optimised, customised, and seamless mobility for the traveller. As a mobile and web application it will be a one-stop platform, integrating various mobility services to provide real-time service data.  Digital technology innovation, as seen by the UMOS application, plays a critical part in removing obstacles to rail use and increasing the attractiveness of train transport. 

Do not forget to register for our Future Mobility Open Innovation Day (18 February, 13.30-15.30 CET) to hear from thought leaders and get inspired by corporate and organisational pitches on technology innovations impacting urban mobility. 

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.  

EIT Strategy 2021-2027 agreed!!

EIT SIA political agreement

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States on its legal basis and its new Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021 – 2027.

Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament and the Council.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said:  ‘I welcome the political agreement on the future of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, which is an integral part of the new Horizon Europe programme 2021-2027’.

I particularly welcome the improvement made in the EIT to ensure a greater geographical reach of the EIT to tackle the innovation divide, and the fact that the EIT will launch two new Knowledge and Innovation Communities in the coming years, one operating in the field of the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries and one on Water, Marine and Maritime Sectors and Ecosystems. Both fields of activity are important for the Commission given their contribution to addressing existing and future societal challenges.’

Chair of EIT Governing Board, Gioia Ghezzi said: ‘We will boost the EIT Community’s impact, including in higher education, regional development, and by setting up two new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities.’

The proposals adopted will align the EIT with Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme for 2021 to 2027, delivering on the EU’s commitment to further boost Europe’s innovation potential. With a budget of nearly EUR 3 billion, representing a 25% increase or an EUR 600 million compared to the previous funding period, the EIT will drive the recovery of the economy as well as the green and digital transition to build a more sustainable and resilient society. The EIT will boost innovation increasing the impact of its activities and by helping 750 higher education institutions become more innovative, supporting 30 000 entrepreneurial students, bringing 4 000 innovations to the market and powering 700 start-ups. 

The EIT brings leading companies, universities and research centres together across Europe in Knowledge and Innovation Communities. With its new strategy, the EIT will put increased emphasis on its regional dimension: the strengthened Regional Innovation Scheme will provide targeted support to countries who lag behind in innovation performance. Also, a new pilot initiative will increase the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions. Finally, the EIT will scale up its collaboration with the European Innovation Council (EIC), which will help boost Europe’s overall innovation capacity.

Background:

The EIT is one of the three components of the ‘Innovative Europe’ pillar of the Horizon Europe programme. Horizon Europe provides the funding for the EIT under the EU’s long‑term budget 2021-2027 and defines its rationale, added value, areas of intervention and broad lines of activity. The legal basis of the EIT remains the EIT Regulation that sets out its mission, its key tasks and the framework for its functioning. The Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021-2027, in turn, outlines the strategy and priorities of the EIT for the next programming period, its objectives, key actions, activities, mode of operation, and expected impacts.

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!

CityFlows, our candidate to EIT Awards, launches City Analytics Startup

The CityFlows consortium is proud that Dorine Duives, Principal Investigator and Project Lead, has been nominated for the EIT Woman Leadership & Entrepreneurship Award.

Her candidacy recognises her outstanding contributions to the field of sustainable mobility.  We congratulate all the nominees and wish them luck. The awards ceremony will be live streamed on 9 December.  For more information and to vote for the EIT Awards, click here.

Let’s learn more about the project our candidate is leading!

CityFlows is an EIT Urban Mobility project bringing together a diverse consortium of partners to launch a state-of-the-art Crowd Management Decision-Support System (CM-DSS) to improve the safety and comfort of busy pedestrian spaces. 

The CityFlows project has already achieved impressive results.  Despite initial delays due to the Corona emergency, living lab projects in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan are well under way.  With the launch of the City Analytics startup, the CityFlows CM-DSS is ready to scale, thereby helping boost the quality of pedestrian spaces across Europe and internationally.  This is more urgent than ever, especially as cities are looking for tools which can help them keep Covid-19 under control in the upcoming months.

Since September, three CityFlows webinars have been hosted bringing together project partners and the broader crowd-management community.  Recaps and recordings of those webinars are available on the CityFlows website and a fourth webinar is planned for 1 December on the topic of 5G applications for crowd-management.  Project partners will continue to develop educational activities into 2021, showcasing the results and lessons learnt from the different living lab projects and other best practices for crowd-management.  Researchers and practitioners working on innovative crowd-management projects are invited to share their work with this growing community of crowd-management professionals.

What is new on CityFlows

The upcoming launch of City Analytics, a start-up licensing the CityFlows CM-DSS software to government authorities, represents a major project milestone.  City Analytics will boost the quality of pedestrian spaces, a timely development as cities look for reliable tools that can help them respond to the Corona crisis. 

Background

The safety and comfort of pedestrian spaces influences the quality of life in cities, but crowding can limit these gains.  In recent years, a few European universities and municipalities have developed techniques to actively monitor crowd movements and proactively manage crowded spaces using real-time decision support systems.  These pilot programs have shown that effective crowd management can substantially improve the liveability and sustainability of densely populated urban areas.  Yet, at the beginning of 2020, there was no state-of-the-art CM-DSS ready for large-scale deployment.  

This is the challenge that a diverse consortium of partners set out to address in the EIT Urban Mobility project, CityFlows. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) and its founding member, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), brought together researchers and practitioners in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan who have expertise in state-of-the-art sensor techniques, crowd management, governmental regulation, European privacy regulation, machine learning, data analytics and valorization of research output.  This consortium consists of AMS Institute, TU Delft, as well as the city of Amsterdam, ALTRAN, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC), the city of Barcelona, ENEA, the city of Milan and AMAT.

Shortly after the project launched in January 2020, the partners experienced a massive set-back in the wake of Covid-19 emergency, with Milan being particularly hard hit.  The initial timelines and scope of the project were challenged as large events were cancelled and tourist crowds disappeared.  Despite these set-backs, the partners persevered, adapting to the new reality.  In this article, the partners share an update as the project reaches an important milestone.

Living Lab Projects

A key desired outcome of the CityFlows project is to boost the quality and accessibility of urban space through different living lab projects in the three partner cities of Amsterdam, Milan and Barcelona.  Through these city-scale demonstrator projects, the CityFlows CM-DSS software developed by TU Delft and ALTRAN is being tested to illustrate the overall impact of the system and provide management strategies for various types of crowded spaces.  These “living lab” projects are also integral to testing design assumptions and validating the software in different real-life contexts. 

The first living lab project was planned at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena and was supposed to take place during the UEFA EURO 2020 football championship which has been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic outbreak.  The aim of this living lab is to showcase and evaluate the use of the CityFlows CM-DSS software during large sporting events.  The software features a sensor system, including 2D sensors, that will be further built up using data from other sources. The system is fully operational and ready for testing once large sporting events can take place again.  Additionally, the CM-DSS has also been adjusted for Covid-19 management, providing insights for when social distancing can be complicated to be achieved.

Similarly, the Amsterdam Covid-19 living lab represents an alteration to the original project which was supposed to manage crowds during the large-scale SAIL event that was cancelled.  Instead, partners have adapted the operational crowd-monitoring system to monitor social distancing at several busy locations.  Real-time data is produced and analysed by city officials on a daily basis, helping to inform social-distancing measures and communications with the public through dashboards.

Meanwhile, the Barcelona living lab will produce simulations that predict the human behavior around Sagrada Familia.  Data regarding flow dynamics will be collected primarily through RFID technology, providing the input for simulations which will eventually be used to redesign the pedestrian space surrounding Sagrada Familia.  The pilot is currently in the final design stages and will be fully deployed in 2021.

The Milan Central Station living lab will be testing 5G technology through the set-up of a real-time crowd movement assessment system featuring highly sophisticated computer vision techniques.  The municipality, ENEA and ALTRAN have designed a pilot using historical and real-time data collected by fixed and mobile sensors to feed the analysis of the crowd evolution inside the station.  Moreover, the partners are developing an innovative 5G sensor system that analyses and classifies pedestrian movements in CCTV images.

Launching City Analytics

The CityFlows consortium will soon reach a key milestone with the launch of City Analytics. This startup is a vehicle for turning the CityFlows CM-DSS into a license-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) software package available to managers of pedestrian spaces (i.e. public spaces, train stations, event grounds, shopping malls, schools).  Compared to its main competitors, the City Analytics software package is hardware independent, cloud-based, highly scalable, GDPR-proof and highly customisable to the user’s needs. In the upcoming year, City Analytics will further develop the business case, and also connect other means of transport, including bicycle and car flows and public transport.  The software package will be ready to serve interested parties on 1 December.

Knowledge & Educational Activities

A key consideration in launching the CityFlows CM-DSS on a large scale is ensuring that system operators have access to the right knowledge and information to use it effectively.  For this reason, CityFlows partners are developing an impact assessment of the deployment of the CityFlows CM-DSS for various types of crowded places.

Additionally, an educational package considering innovative crowd-management decision-support systems is being developed. This package will be available open-access on the CityFlows website. 

Contact

To learn more about the CityFlows project visit www.cityflows-project.eu or contact:

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FURNISH is calling for digitally fabricated urban elements adapting public spaces to COVID-19!

FURNISH is organising an open call to select 4 teams throughout Europe which will digitally fabricate and deploy urban elements for the purpose of adapting temporary public spaces to meet the new challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

FURNISH aims to merge the challenge of gaining more public space through ‘tactical urbanism’, which can reconfigure a street to expand the area for pedestrians and leisure, with local digital manufacturing. The call is open to Fab Labs, research groups, designers or makers able to produce rapid solutions to the urgent spatial problems and opportunities posed by the novel coronavirus. Interested teams must submit their qualifications until 25 September, along with evidence of having sought a letter of support from an institution (e.g. municipality, cultural centre, university, etc.).

The objective is to develop the designs and prototypes in collaborative workshops featuring all the selected FURNISH teams. Therefore it is not necessary to have a design prepared to apply. Pilot installations will be installed and tested by December. Each selected team will receive € 10.000€ to fund the fabrication and implementation of their prototypes. All designs developed under the FURNISH project will be documented in an open-source format, enabling replication anywhere in the world.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.