The application for EIT Climate-KIC Sustainable Cities Mobility Challenge 2024 is now open. As more European cities pledge to rapidly cut carbon emissions, sustainable transport plays a crucial role in the transition to a net-zero carbon society. For the second year running, EIT Climate-KIC is organising the Sustainable Cities Mobility Challenge (formerly called the Climate Impact Challenge) for European cities to identify impactful and innovative projects that accelerate the transition towards cleaner, sustainable and inclusive mobility.
EIT Climate-KIC is running a Sustainable Cities Mobility Challenge for European cities to identify bold and impactful projects which seek to decarbonise transport, improve local air quality and accelerate the take-up of active, shared, collective and/or electric mobility. The call aims to support the transition to cleaner, greener, and more people-centred transport, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, Urban Mobility Framework, New European Bauhaus, and the EU Cities Mission.
- Each city project selected will be granted up to 90,000 EUR (depending on the total number of proposals selected in the call. A maximum of five projects will be funded).
Cities and towns (with a population of at least 25,000) in the EU Member States, Horizon Europe Associated Countries 1 (including the United Kingdom) and Switzerland are eligible to apply.
- Projects will be selected based on the potential for impact, learning, and replicability in other towns and cities. They should seek to make a positive difference to people and the environment in the area where they are implemented, adding to the body of knowledge and experience to shift cities more rapidly towards more sustainable transport systems.
- Examples of the types of projects that could be considered for support include (but are not limited to), the following:
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) or Low Emission Neighbourhoods (LENs)
- Walking, cycling and wheeling projects.
- Projects which support shared mobility, public transport, e-mobility and sustainable logistics
- Parklets and greening schemes which encourage/support active travel.
- The grants could be used (for example) to:
- Fund/support a city-led local project or pilot project, and/or
- Fund cities’ work with NGOs or SMEs which are developing impactful solutions to address specific mobility challenges.
- Proposals can be centred around new ideas or initiatives – or can relate to elements of existing or emerging city programmes/strategies that advance sustainable urban mobility. Cities should aim to complete their projects by July 2025.We invite cities to submit a short project proposal (max. 2,000 words) outlining the mobility problem or challenge they would like to tackle, and their proposed action to address this.
Proposals will be scored by a panel using the following criteria:
- Clarity of proposal (15 points)
- Focus on impact (20 points): the project has a positive impact on the environment and/or people’s quality of life (for example, by reducing GHG emissions and/or local air pollution, reducing dominance of motor traffic in a city or neighbourhood, or by making it easier for citizens to access sustainable, safe and affordable mobility)
- Learning and replicability (15 points): the project adds to knowledge and experience relating to the advancement of healthy, sustainable urban mobility. It has potential to be replicated, adapted and/or scaled up in other urban areas.
To apply, please complete the application form and send your proposal to email@example.com by 23.00 CET on Friday, 10 November 2023.