Aim of the call
In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) agreed to work towards a long-term cooperation programme in the area of sustainable urbanisation, with different topics addressed in time. For the second call in this programme, the ERA-Net Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity Sino-European call, the key themes of ‘Sustainable Urban Logistics in the Age of Digitisation’ and ‘Strengthening Climate-neutral Mobility’ have been selected. Proposals should address either one of the key themes or a combination of both key themes.
The call requests proposals from a wide variety of academic disciplines addressing the current challenges around transportation and logistics, mobility and urban sustainability, both from a perspective of understanding current developments and from the perspective of developing new and innovative solutions to address the challenges. Disciplines may include, but are not limited to management, economics, civil and industrial engineering, operations research, psychology, computer science, geography, sociology and urban planning.
The call opened in February 2022 and the funded projects started in January-May 2023 and is expected to end in 2026.
Theme 1: Sustainable Urban Logistics in the Age of Digitisation
Urban transport and logistics operations are part of complex supply chains that serve billions of urban dwellers with their daily needs. With the world population migrating more and more into cities, cities growing in population and in space, and agricultural, construction, and manufactured goods being sourced further away, the urban transport and logistics systems have become part of supply systems that are increasingly longer and slower to respond. At the same time, transportation and logistics systems within cities are becoming more fragmented and responsive.
Theme 2: Strengthening Climate-neutral Mobility
Long-time urban issues linked to transportation include traffic congestion, carbon footprint, air and soil pollution, road safety and land consumption. In a context of growing and expanding urban entities, most of these problems remain, but several key parameters of urban development are currently challenged, shaken by uncertain societal trends, working habits and new technologies, calling for a renewed research effort. To address the current environmental and societal issues we face, we must find an alternative model to the urban sprawl and car-oriented model that performs negatively regarding most sustainable urban development indicators.
Call opening: 17 February 2022
Funding decisions announced: December 2022
Start of projects: January – May 2023
Projects end: 2026
The 9 national funding agencies, from China, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden, in the ERA-Net Co-fund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (EN-UAC) Sino-European call have agreed on a list of 8 projects recommended for funding.
E-Laas – Energy optimal urban Logistics As A Service
e-MATS – Electric Multimodal Transport Systems for Enhancing Urban Accessibility and Connectivity
IMTEC – Integrated systems and analysis of urban Mobility for climate-neutral and susTainable Cities in Europe and China
IMUMCN – Improved urban mobility toward climate neutrality under new working habits and transport modes
NEW NORMAL – Sustainable mobility and logistics for post-pandemic second-tier cities
SINERGI – Sustainable Innovative digitalized NEtwork of uRban loGIstics
SOUL – Sustainable Operations in Urban Logistics
TOD2 – Transit-Oriented Development 2 (TOD2) – Public spaces, mobility hubs and climate neutrality toolbox
Previous events in this call
Information webinar: ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity Sino-European call
If you have questions please contact the Call Secretariat:
NWO – Dutch Research Council
Telephone: +31 70 349 44 16
UEFISCDI – Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Telephone: +40 21 307 19 93
NSFC – National Natural Science Foundation of China
Telephone: +86 10 62327017
Communications officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding Agencies and national contact points
|National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
|Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS)
|Innovation Fund Denmark
|Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
|Dutch Research Council (NWO)
|National Science Centre (NCN)
|Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
|Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
|Swedish Energy Agency