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Topic outline

  • Brief information on the Funding Opportunity

    Program: Horizon Europe | Cluster 5 “Climate, Energy and Mobility”.

    Geographical coverage: Horizon Europe programme regular coverage.

    Available contribution: The total indicative budget for the topic is 5M€, contribution between EUR 4.00 and 5,00 million per project.

    Type of Action:  Coordination and Support Innovation Action.

    Deadline: September 6th, 2022

    TRL level: Not Applicable

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  • Expected Outcome

    Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

    • Increasing the extent and speed of the take up of innovative, replicable urban mobility solutions in Europe, targeting responsible authorities and other stakeholders, in order to contribute to the priorities of the European Green Deal, which stresses that ‘’transport should become drastically less polluting, especially in cities. A combination of measures should address emissions, urban congestion, and improved public transport’’:
      • Develop, and put in place a communication, dissemination and promotion strategy that will clearly distinguish the identity of the CIVITAS initiative amongst other European city initiatives.
      • Provide a common communication and dissemination framework for the projects funded, including providing a common corporate identity and producing a monthly newsletter that includes project results as well as wider developments in the field of sustainable urban mobility.
      • Reach out to national transport press correspondents and relevant European media, the Horizon project community and a wider European and international audience of cities and professionals with the aim of increasing the visibility of the network and urban mobility projects.

    • Providing coordination, monitoring and support activities to the living lab cities and projects funded under CIVITAS, among others by formalising the collaboration with each project through an Memorandum of Understanding, and by providing a common realistic and user-friendly evaluation framework with dedicated support to the projects:
      • Facilitating exchanges among the CIVITAS projects and living labs and with the European Commission with the aim of disseminating project results, key milestones and achievements.
      • Organising capacity building, training sessions and three site visits per year, based on latest results and best practices from the CIVITAS or other European projects, to support the take up of innovative mobility solutions.
      • Organise a CIVITAS Forum to share results and best practice from urban mobility projects.
      • Collaborate on the organisation of the Urban Mobility Days (flagship conference on innovative, clean and integrated urban mobility and transport).
      • Looking at project results as well as wider developments in the field of sustainable urban mobility, European media outlets, of cities and professionals.
      • Update and increase the database of subscribers of CIVITAS newsletters by 20% every year.
      • Offer liaison activities, collaboration and synergy building with the different urban mobility communities and initiatives at European level, such as the ELTIS, EIP SCC, Driving Urban Transitions Partnership, EIT Urban Mobility and the Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission.
      • Maintaining, optimising and promoting the CIVITAS website through usability tests, and improving its functionality, to ensure that it remains the main platform for the dissemination of relevant European urban mobility innovation results increasing the minimum of unique visitors with 10% every year.
      • Increase the CIVITAS twitter followers by 20% every year.
      • Preparing two policy papers per year on innovative solutions, good practices, and their replication, putting in place ad-hoc three Thematic Groups (based on the thematic areas of CIVITAS) to analyse developments and prepare recommendations, and organising two meetings per year of the CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee, with one policy paper issued per year, to facilitate a continued dialogue between cities, businesses and civil society.
      • Prepare policy recommendations and key learnings addressed to cities, Member States/Associated Countries and the European Commission based on research and innovation as well as results from ongoing projects.
      • Updating, promoting and enlarging the CIVITAS cities network, with at least 20 new European cities added per year, providing support and funding to CIVINETS, maintaining the secretariat for the CIVITAS initiative, and actively engaging with local, regional or national stakeholders, aiming to overcome language and other barriers.

  • Scope

    Together with initiatives of ELTIS and the European Mobility Week, CIVITAS is part of the EU policy on urban mobility as a key flagship encouraging innovation at local level.

    Since 2002 it acts as an open platform that facilitates research, the uptake of innovative solutions, the validation of research results, the exchange of knowledge and best practices, and common learning in the area of urban mobility and transport. The project selected under this topic will help to ensure the long-term support for the CIVITAS projects offering governance, and an organisational and logistical framework that guarantees the wide dissemination and take up of urban mobility project results.

    Proposals should aim at focusing activities on communication and event organisation and coordination of living lab activities continuing and enhancing the operation of the platform, to facilitate the continued coordination and knowledge exchange between the urban mobility projects that have been, or that will be funded under the CIVITAS initiative. These projects will deliver solutions that help achieve climate neutrality in cities, covering both personal mobility and goods/urban logistics using all transport modes.

    Proposals should aim at putting in place a common communication and dissemination strategy to maximise the impact of the CIVITAS initiative.

    Proposals should ensure the monitoring of activities, events and results of the urban mobility projects and communicate about their progress and achievements. Applicants should also consolidate the common ‘CIVITAS Process and Impact Evaluation Framework’ and ensure the continuity of the CIVINETs. They should ensure continuity and provide a smooth transition from the previous Coordination and Support Action, CIVITAS ELEVATE.