About the call
The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (EN-UAC) started a first co-funded call at the end of 2019 and will run until 2024. Within the context of this ERA-NET, sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity is defined as the ease with which activities and opportunities may be reached in an urban transport system, with lower negative environmental impacts. Network connectivity reflects the directness of routes, using different modes to travel between points. It applies both for passenger and freight transport.
The dramatic consequences of the climate crisis are already starting to become visible, making it apparent that swift and effective actions to reduce GHG emissions are unavoidable. Urban transport is a major contributor to GHG emissions and thus calls for a significant reduction, especially in a highly urbanised continent like Europe. Innovative solutions are required for cities of all types and sizes, with new options for managing access as means for accelerating their transitions towards attractive and climate-neutral places for living. Doing so will be key for necessary traffic avoidance and create the freedom to redistribute the precious (while always limited) space of urban streets to sustainable transport modes and high-quality public space.
The innovation-oriented research and development projects are expected to address relevant technologies, novel practices, business and operating models and policies to enable and facilitate cities in conceptualising, piloting, replicating and scaling urban accessibility and access management measures or regulation schemes.
Proposals are expected to select one main topic they wish to focus their work on but may still include challenges and themes from the other topics:
Utilising untapped potentials and mainstreaming of measures for managing urban accessibility
The access to urban areas is key for vital city quarters as it allows the exchange of goods and services as well as the free choice of working places. Due to limited public space, a free access for all types of mobility leads to congestion, bad air quality and the loss of liveability. Consequentially, cities started to manage the access for motorised traffic with a concept known as Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR). In doing so, they experienced that certain forms of regulations have to go hand in hand with complementary measures, such as strengthening public transport, active mobility or alternative forms of mobility. The type of measures and their possible effects widely depend on the granularity of the regulations, be it the macroscopic (citywide) or the microscopic (quarters or blocks) level. In this context, the impact of certain measures and their interrelation among each other is under-researched.
Key questions in this field may include but are not limited to:
Develop innovative solutions for realising sustainable urban mobility, logistics or the redistribution of street space (e.g. managing car traffic, zero emission last mile delivery, micro-mobility with e-scooters and bikes, vehicle occupancy rate and empty trips, geofencing, combination with sharing/pooling, inter-/multimodality, requirements for connected/automated driving).
Making measures for managing urban accessibility accepted and participatory
When changing to sustainable urban mobility in general and introducing access management measures in particular, cities experienced the necessity of involving the public as key for the measure’s success. While there is a good understanding on the communication requirements for citywide-level measures, the stakeholder involvement for small-scale schemes on the quarter and block level follows different rules that are not widely known. The effects of digitalising participation processes, social scientific monitoring and new governance principles are just some aspects that mark this terrain.
Approaches in this field may include but are not limited to:
Develop new tools for communication, motivation and engagement (e.g. empower and engage local stakeholder groups and bottom-up incentives, pop-up solutions, citizen-science based initiatives, awareness raising and tactical interventions in public space, support a changing perception from restriction to added-values).
Making measures for managing urban accessibility more agile
There is a fair understanding of monitoring the effects of sustainable urban mobility measures in the course of SUMP cycles, though these cycles allow re-adjustments afters years of operation. Innovative urban accessibility measures promise a more reactive behaviour, giving new tools and instruments in urban decision taker’s hands. In order to transfer agile urban accessibility measures into urban routine, experience needs to be gained regarding feasibility, acceptance, impact, or practicability.
Focus areas of projects in this field may include but are not limited to:
Develop dynamic tools and measures capable to adapt to changing requirements in time and space (e.g.pandemic situations, traffic volumes and interruptions, construction zones, loading zones, school zones, emission/emission limits, geofencing, managing hybrid solutions, recreational/leisure/market zones etc.)
Making measures for managing urban accessibility effective, robust and impactful
Maximising the effects of sustainable urban mobility measures encompasses an iterative monitoring and control based on the effects achieved. While the SUMP cycle foresees no related methodology, more recent indicator-based approaches such as SUMI imply new instruments and tools for city administrations that need to be included into urban routine. Particularly in the context of urban accessibility and its different scales, this matter is under-researched.
Key questions in this field may include but are not limited to:
Develop innovative ways to enforce, evaluate, and integrate new and established forms of measures for urban accessibility (create evidence, validate data, create transparency for the public and decision makers, illustrate impacts on social inclusion/business, analyse and manage rebound and unintended effects etc.)
Projects looked for
This call is open for proposals referring to a broader range of project types, from applied research to demonstration (see definitions below). Projects must address either “applied research” or “innovation / implementation” or both. In more detail, the call is aiming at the following research and project types:
• Applied research: proof of concept, research to proof feasibility, small-scale prototypes;
• Piloting/testing/labs: prototype testing in real environment;
• Demonstration: demonstration in real environment, system integration.
A combination of the two different research types within one proposal (with differentiation at work package level) is possible as long as involved funding agencies’ eligibility rules are fulfilled. The research type (either “applied research” or “innovation / implementation”) of each work package must always be indicated in in the work package description of the proposal form.
Who can apply?
• Private sector
• Research centres
• Universities and universities of applied science
• Regional/national administative bodies
• Other non profit legal entities
Both transnational rules and those set forth by the national/regional agencies and by national/regional laws and regulations apply. Applicants and consortia therefore must be eligible in accordance with the transnational and the applicable national criteria.
Consortia as a whole have to include at least two eligible applicants from at least two of the different countries participating in the call. At least one specific stakeholder (city, municipality or regional authority OR organisation [public or private] in charge of or involved in transport/mobility infrastructure or services in a city, municipality or region OR transport/mobility-related NGO) has to be included in each project either as a co-applicant or co-operation partner.
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Call opening 7 april 2022
Full proposal deadline 15 september 2022
Eligibility check September 2022
Meeting of Expert Panel to assess proposals November 2022
Funding recommendation November 2022
Earliest start of projects January 2023
Events in this call
In addition to events and webinars, we wish to welcome interested actors to the LinkedIn group “Networking in Innovations for Managing Sustainable Urban Accessibility (ENUAC)” for self-organised networking and matchmaking. This is a group where you can continue to explore the possibilities for developing and submitting a joint call proposal together with more stakeholders or find possible future partners before the matchmaking event. Find the group here.
JPI Urban Europe invites you to an information webinar on April 27th 2021 at 13.00 CEST.
The information webinar is an oppurtunity to ask questions about the new call to the call secretariat and to learn more about the call, the application process and the coming years.
If you have questions please contact the Call Secretariat:
+43 5 77 55 5042
Björn Svensby Kurling
+46 8 4733148
Funding Agencies and national contact points
|Belgium/Brussels Capital Region/Flanders||Innoviris, VLAIO|