Joint Call for Proposals: Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods Pilot Call

With this first of a series of calls on the topic of Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PED/PEN), JPI Urban Europe invites transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners to create projects with focus on smaller-scale joint R&I projects (duration 1-2 years) on PED/PEN implementation, providing transnational alignment, comparison and exchange of experiences between ongoing (European) projects in different PED implementation phases, their integration in general urban strategies, stakeholder involvement strategies and the role of geographical/climatic conditions. The results from projects granted in this call should help to facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different European contexts, cities and countries to create greater engagement and understanding in PED implementation processes.

Aim of the call

Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods may serve as a crucial contribution to achieve climate and energy targets. This call focuses on exchange of experience between ambitions and initiatives already going on. With this call, JPI Urban Europe aims to create a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral community working in the field of the energy transition in the urban context, who can align, synthesise, consolidate, and learn from each other with regard to the development and mainstreaming of PEDs/PENs.

Participating countries: Austria, Belgium (Brussels Capital Region), Czech Republic and Sweden

Call topics

The project proposal should at least address one of the following topics:

  • A: Contributing to the climate-neutral city: Holistic approaches for PED implementation
    In order to be successful on a large scale, the implementation of PEDs must meet general goals of sustainable urban development and urban qualities. Therefore, PED implementation needs to be integrated in holistic approaches, which imposes challenges on strategy development, planning, monitoring and evaluation. From an urbanistic view, it is an imperative to not view energy goals separately or as a matter of priority, but to involve them in systemic strategies aiming at creating sustainable, liveable, inclusive neighbourhoods fit to meet the challenges of our generations. In the end, PED implementation must contribute to creating high quality urban environments in line with climate, energy and sustainability goals.
  • B: Embeddedness in local contexts: Applied approaches for integrating PEDs in different urban contexts and the legal framework
    The PED Programme aims at developing a framework suitable for different urban contexts. Different pre-conditions require applied approaches both regarding strategies and technological solutions and might lead to considering wider urban/regional/national contexts in order to achieve a positive energy balance. PEDs need to be adapted to different urban contexts and the redevelopment of existing urban structures towards sustainability.
  • C: Engagement and governance: Urban governance, stakeholder involvement concepts and business models
    Holistic approaches for PED implementation require cross-sectoral approaches and innovative stakeholder involvement concepts in planning, implementation and operation respectively. This poses challenges for governance structures on regional, city and local (neighbourhood) levels and a re-consideration of the integration of top-down and bottom-up approaches. Identification and adequate involvement of relevant stakeholders and therefore the development of applied strategies in the PED implementation process from the beginning can be seen as a key factor for implementation success.

Learn more in the call text

Selected projects

>> Projects presentation

TRANS-PED / Transforming Cities through Positive Energy Districts

Cities4PEDs – Research, Exchange and Collaboration on City Levels to Enable PEDs across Diverging Contexts

Interact – Integration of Innovative Technologies of Positive Energy Districts into a Holistic Architecture

PED-ID – Holistic assessment and innovative stakeholder involvement process for identification of Positive-Energy-Districts

>> Learn more about the projects

Events in this call

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Matchmaking platform (closed)

Join the virtual and free brokerage platform to find partners or consortia for your PED project. Use the marketplace to find the partner you were looking for. Send them a message, chat a bit or jump straight into a one on one meeting to get to know each other. The free platform is open all through summer to support you in your search for the perfect project consortium.
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30 June | Online Matchmaking Event: Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods

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Call information webinar

Watch the call information webinar where we present the call and answer questions on content, formal requirements and the application process.
Watch the webinar here!

LinkedIn group

In addition to events and webinars, we wish to welcome interested actors to the LinkedIn group “Networking in Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods” 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. Join the group here. 

>> Learn more about the PED programme, member countries, reference framework etc. here

Types of projects

Projects should support:

> Transnational benefit
> Interdisciplinarity
> Transdisciplinarity, involvement of “stakeholders”, practitioners, citizens, community groups, NGOs
> Outputs and outcomes of the projects, broader impacts of the proposed activity

Summary of the Transnational Eligibility Criteria:

> Only transnational projects will be funded;
> Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least two applicants eligible for funding coming from two different     countries whose funders participate in the call. All legal entities must be independent from each other.
> The project coordinator must be eligible to be funded by his/her national/regional participating funding organisation.
> The duration of a project must not exceed 2 years.
> Proposals must be written in English and respect the template form (in terms of overall size, limit of pages and characters in the different sections). The template form must be completely filled in.

Proposals have to be submitted via the FFG electronic submission system.

Proposals have to be submitted before the corresponding deadlines indicated.

With regard to the type of research, the PED programme is aiming at the following types from applied research to demonstration (TRL 3-7):

> Applied research (TRL 3-4 – proof of concept, research to proof feasibility, small scale prototypes),
> Piloting/testing/labs (TRL 5-6 – prototype testing in real environment),
> Demonstration (TRL 7 – demonstration in real environment, system integration).

Who can apply?

Applicants can come from organisations such as*:

  • Companies (from industry/large companies to SMEs), especially public utility companies (e.g. in the field of energy supply, other communal supply and disposal systems, …); energy service providers; real estate developers, investors, facility management providers; actors from the fields of energy, spatial and transport planning
  • 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. applied research, innovation/implementation) and across disciplines (natural sciences, economic and social sciences, humanities, and engineering).

*Please note that a specific funding agency may not fund each type of organisation. If a partner is not eligible for funding, the partner can still participate as cooperation partner. For further information see Annex A in the call text.


Call opening: 20 April 2020
Proposal deadline: 24 September 2020, 12:00 a.m. CEST
Eligibility Check: September – October 2020
Meeting of Expert Panel to assess proposals: November 2020
Funding recommendation by the Steering Committee: November 2020
National funding decisions and announcement of results to Main Applicants: November – December 2020
Start of the projects: December 2020 – February 2021
Kick-off meeting: 2021
Final Projects Event: 2022


> Call Text
> Tutorial for online submission system
> Proposal Form
> Financial sheet for proposals
> List of national contact points
> National eligibility criteria
> Call presentation: Joint PED Call 
> Call Flyer

Go to Online Submission System

Call secretariat

Johannes Bockstefl (also contact for questions related to the electronic submission system)
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Telephone: +43 5 7755 5042

Patrik Rydén
Viable Cities Programme Sweden
Telephone: +46 733 99 86 19

Funding Agencies and national contact points

> List of national contact points

Country Partner
Austria FFG
Belgium Innoviris
Czech Republic TA ČR
Sweden SWEA




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