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

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, 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, this page will continously be updated with information on exact dates. Please sign up for our news alerts if you wish to get notified when the call launches.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 875022.

Events in this call

13 January: Matchmaking Event in Washington
An transnational matchmaking event is planned in connection to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting on January 13, 2020, in Washington. You can read more and register here, and go directly to registration here.

22 January: Info Webinar
Welcome to a webinar where we present the call and answer questions on content and application process. Read more and register here.

27 January: Matchmaking Webinar
In this international matchmaking webinar, participants will be given the opportunity to exchange with each other, either in full group or bilateral in the chat. Read more and register here.


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. More precisely, Sustainable Urban Accessibility and Connectivity:

  • allows the basic access and development needs of individuals, companies and society to be met safely, securely and reliably, and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and promotes equity within and between successive communities and generations;
  • is affordable, operates fairly and efficiently, offers a choice of transport and interaction modes, and supports a competitive economy, as well as balanced urban development;
  • limits emissions and waste, uses renewable resources at or below their rates of generation, and uses non-renewable resources at or below the rates of development of renewable substitutes, while minimizing the impact on the use of land and the generation of noise.


Aim of the call

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.

Aims, approaches and recommendations for the proposals

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.

Call topics

The call is divided into 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.

Each proposal must be attached to at least one challenge but may be related to several challenges if it is focussed on a crosscutting subject or an issue that is at the frontier of several

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

Who can apply?

Applicants can come from organisations such as:

  • Companies (from industry/large companies to SMEs)
  • Cities, municipalities, regions
  • Consumers (e.g. business enterprises, test households, etc.)
  • Citizens’ representatives, NGOs
  • Research organisations (universities, university colleges, research institutes or other authorities with research undertakings)

Consortia may consist of partners active across several positions within the research and development system (i.e. innovation, applied research, fundamental research) and across disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering). Project proposals must consist of at least three eligible applicants from at least three participative countries. Partners from third countries are welcome in consortium but need funding from other sources.

Types of research, development and innovation activities to be supported

This call is open for proposals referring to a broad range of project types, from basic research to innovation. Research/innovation is seen as a continuum and most projects will be a mix of both. However, to help ensure a balanced portfolio, we are asking applicants to identify which pathway is the best fit. Each proposal must choose one of the two pathways, depending on its main purpose.

Call secretariat

If you have questions please contact the Call Secretariat:

Aurélien Gaufrès                                                                Pascal Bain
Agence Nationale de la Recherche                                  Agence Nationale de la Recherche
E-mail: enuac@anr.fr                                                        E-mail: enuac@anr.fr

Funding Agencies and national contact points

List of National Contact Points

Country Partner
Austria FFG
Belgium F.R.S-FNRS




Cyprus RPF
Denmark IFD
France ANR
Germany DLR


Italy MIUR
Latvia VIAA
The Netherlands NWO
Norway RCN
Poland NCN
Slovenia ARRS
Sweden Formas



Turkey Tübitak
United Kingdom ESRC














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European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.