• Posted 25-Nov-2019

Upcoming call: ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC)

The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call for proposals, planned to open in December/January.

The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call for proposals, planned to open in December/January, invites researchers, cities, municipalities, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to build transnational consortia to create challenge-driven innovation and research projects that address the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight, transport and connectivity as integral and essential parts of sustainable urban development.

This call is planned to open in December 2019 or January 2020.

The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call for proposals aims at creating and testing new solutions and approaches for sustainable urban mobility. With this shared ambition, 16 countries are pooling resources to implement a series of calls for research and innovation projects as well as accompanying measures to create highest impact. The joint calls and actions will focus on measures to improve urban accessibility and connectivity for all groups of society while moving towards more sustainable urban mobility systems.

Projects within this call are expected to be co-creative and have strong stakeholder participation already from the start. The research should be based on actual urban challenges and the results should lead to new approaches, tools, instruments, insights and knowledge that will bring stakeholders closer to sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity. The project results are expected to make a clear contribution to the realisation of relevant urban, regional, national and European transport policy objectives that can help cities, urban residents, communities, businesses and institutions make the most use of new developments in urban mobility.

Proposals should focus on urban areas, in the context of achieving climate neutral and sustainable cities. They should be forward-looking, solution-oriented, contributing to transport and mobility policy, especially in relation with SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) and SULPs (Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans)

The results of the funded projects are expected to make a clear contribution to the attainment of relevant urban, regional, national and European EU Transport Policy objectives (including TEN-T). Further, projects are expected to especially address the potential impact and possibilities for deployment of (potentially new) mobility and transport modes, technologies, services and concepts by analysing behavioural responses and estimating effects on the various aspects of sustainability (i.e. the environment, economic development and people’s well-being) for both passenger and freight transport.

The call is divided into the following five challenges that need to be responded in order to move towards realising sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity for all, taking advantage of current solutions and approaches:

  • Challenge 1: Evolving solutions for an integrated approach on sustainable urban physical mobility and transport, land use and digital connectivity
  • Challenge 2: Develop and support the implementation of innovative mobility systems and services with a potential to contribute to sustainable urban mobility
  • Challenge 3: Transform and re-organise urban spaces to pave the ground for sustainable urban mobility and accessibility at local level, from the street scale to the district
  • Challenge 4: Develop effective policy options for achieving a shift towards sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity
  • Challenge 5: Change behaviours and perspectives towards sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity

A matchmaking event is planned in connection to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting on January 13, 2020, in Washington and a webinar for applicants as well as a virtual matchmaking webinar will be organised in late January 2020, register and read more about the event here.

Source: JPI Urban Europe (http://bit.ly/2QGhCmu)