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Call key data

EIT Main Innovation Open Call 2025

Funding Program

European Institute of Innovation and Technology



04.06.2024 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 8,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

between € 250,000.00 and € 500,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to address existing or anticipated mobility challenges facing European cities. In this regard, we support projects that can develop and test new solutions in real life demonstrations and attain commercial viability by the end of the project.

Call objectives

The EIT Urban Mobility Business Plan 2023–2025 currently has 30 consortia-led innovation projects in our portfolio, covering a wide range of topics, from EV charging infrastructure, to first/last mile logistics, public transport management and numerous digital solutions that enable new mobility services. The aim for this call is to strategically select projects that complement our existing portfolio by addressing new sectors, business models, technological advances or market demands. Factsheets on existing projects are available on our website. 

For this call, the following topics are addressed: 

  • urban logistics
  • electrification of transport and alternative fuels
  • public transport.

Expected effects and impacts

Urban logistics:

EIT Urban Mobility expects scalable solutions with strong commercialisation potential. These should lead to clear improvements in urban logistics (in planning and operation) and contribute to better quality of life in cities and climate change mitigation. Proposals should clearly describe how they plan to work closely with cities on delivering solutions that support wider city sustainability objectives. Through this call, EIT Urban Mobility will strengthen cooperation with ALICE – Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe. The two entities will join forces to accelerate the transition to net zero transport systems in European cities.

Electrification of transport and alternative fuels:

EIT Urban Mobility expects scalable solutions (new products, components and improved functionalities) with strong commercialisation potential that support the uptake of cleaner vehicles. This will contribute to better quality of life in cities and climate change mitigation. Proposals should clearly describe how the solution aligns with the wider sustainable urban mobility agenda, aimed at reducing dependence on private modes of transport, reducing congestion and ensuring equitable access to an improved public realm.

Public transport:

EIT Urban Mobility expects scalable solutions with strong commercialisation that lead to clear improvements in public transport planning, operation and customer experience. Proposals should demonstrate how they intend to address a true pain point of public transport operators and/or public transport users. They should show how the solution will result in better quality of life in cities and climate change mitigation.

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Expected results

Urban logistics:

  • Solutions that enable efficient use of existing logistics networks through shared infrastructure, assets (including data) and/or skillsets between logistic operators and other public or private actors.
  • Solutions that enable efficient use of existing logistics networks through the re-use, adaptation, retrofit and recycling of existing infrastructure, assets (including data) and/or skillsets to achieve not only commercial objectives, but also social and environmental benefits, especially in urban areas with ageing or obsolete infrastructure assets.
  • Solutions that demonstrate models of operation that can withstand, adapt and recover from disruptive changes to transport and logistics systems such as severe weather events, pandemics and security threats. These may range from developing climate-resilient logistics networks, designing flood-resistant warehouses or adopting technologies that enhance real-time monitoring and response capabilities.
  • Solutions that address the specific challenges of construction and bulk delivery and waste management.
  • Solutions that support the deployment and operation of new or existing urban logistics hubs, understood as strategically located facilities within cities that serve as central points for planning logistics flows and for the consolidation, sorting and distribution or recollection (reverse logistics) of goods. Importantly, the proposed solutions must not contribute to logistics sprawl.
  • Solutions that explicitly address standardisation along the supply chain, targeting the issue of (over)packaging, which affects the efficiency of logistics operations. For example, large or non standardised packaging leads to inefficient use of transportation space, resulting in fewer items delivered per trip.

Electrification of transport and alternative fuels:

  • Solutions that effectively monitor the battery health of electric vehicles (mainly e-buses) in different operational contexts (high-frequency routes, load weight, climate and topography) and that can clearly demonstrate improvements in battery performance and extended lifespan.
  • Solutions that enhance the maintenance, safety and security of EV charging infrastructure, especially in enclosed spaces such as car parks, depots or shopping centres.
  • Solutions aimed at retrofitting existing infrastructure (energy networks) and/or existing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to support electrification and the uptake of alternative fuels. These should consider implications for the urban transport supply chain, including the need to adapt skills, provide replacement parts and cater for potentially (multiple) fuel types.
  • Solutions and business models that look at battery recycling and re-use schemes.
  • Solutions that reduce energy consumption and minimise the carbon footprint for different transport modes (rail, bus, waterborne, bicycles, etc.), e.g. regenerative braking systems and energy storage solutions. 
  • Solutions that pair EV adoption with energy grid management (including local clean energy generation and storage) that can make the energy-transport infrastructure system more resilient, for example, in the presence of power outages during prolonged periods of low renewable energy generation.

Public transport:

  • Solutions that monitor passenger flows, vehicle occupancy and service performance in real-time to enable proactive demand management (e.g. dynamic scheduling and routing). By leveraging real-time data on demand, traffic conditions and other factors, public transport networks optimise efficiency, reduce waiting times and enhance overall service reliability.
  • Fintech solutions applied to public transport that can streamline payment processes, enhance user experience and improve financial management for both passengers and public transport operators.
  • Solutions aimed at enhancing passenger satisfaction across diverse user groups by tailoring services, information and interactions to meet the specific needs, preferences and behaviour of individual passengers. This includes aspects such as universal accessibility, safety and security.
  • Solutions to improve the operation and customer experience of transport hubs, making it easier for passengers to transfer between public transport and other transport modes (e.g. bicycles and shared mobility).
  • Solutions demonstrating models of operation that can withstand, adapt and recover from disruptive changes to transport systems, e.g. severe weather events, pandemics and security threats. These may contribute to enhancing the resilience of transport infrastructure, emergency response capabilities and business continuity plans and operations.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Iceland (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

This call for proposals is open to all legal entities established in European Union (EU) Member States, and/or in third countries associated with Horizon Europe. These legal entities may be small and medium enterprises (SMEs), universities, research and technology organisations, cities or large businesses, among others. 

All proposals must be composed of at least three independent legal entities established in two EU Member States and/or third countries associated with Horizon Europe.

The consortium composition, including any Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) applicant, must be in line with the following requirements, which are part of the eligibility criteria. 

  • A commercial partner: one partner of the consortia is identified as the lead commercialisation applicant and is responsible for the financial sustainability mechanism (FSM).
  • Demo hosts: two partners, from different eligible countries, are identified as the pilot hosts where the proposed solution will be demonstrated (linked to KPI: KSN02). Demo hosts could be: 
    • a city/municipal government; 
    • an entity with direct links to a city/municipal government (e.g. a public transport company, a living lab formally linked to the city or a development agency funded directly by the city);
    • a private company with an existing concession for a mobility service from a city/municipal government. The contractual agreement must be valid until at least 31 December 2026).

other eligibility criteria

Participating in a Call means being part of the EIT Urban Mobility community that strives to achieve the SOs listed above.

Implementing projects is one of the core activities of the EIT Urban Mobility Community. Beyond this activity, the Community has a broader scope of connecting their members and facilitating networking activities to enable all sustainable mobility players to work together and increase the impact of their initiatives. 

To be part of the EIT Urban Mobility Community as members, the entities must belong to or choose one of the following membership categories before starting their projects: 

  • Gold members: they pay an annual fee of €30,000 and have full access to all benefit packages offered by EIT Urban Mobility. 
  • Silver members: they pay an annual fee of €10,000 and have limited access to all benefit packages offered by EIT Urban Mobility. In the case of Small Enterprises and NGOs, a reduced annual fee of €5,000 will be applied. 
  • Cities are offered a special membership package: Leading cities: with an annual fee of €10,000, they have full access to the gold membership package and the additional city-specific services. A detailed description of all packages and related benefits, as well as the registration process and conditions for membership, is provided on our website: 


EIT Urban Mobility supports projects that are close-to-market. Therefore, proposals in this call should prove that the solution to be piloted has successfully reached a minimum technology readiness level (TRL) 6.


All proposals must have a minimum co-funding rate of 35% across the project. Partners in a consortium may have different co-funding rates as long as the overall project co-fund meets the required 35% minimum. NB: this 35% overall rate may exclude RIS-eligible applicants that are granted RIS funding. These applicants have a minimum individual co-funding rate of 25% (see Section 2.3 of the call document), which should be specifically outlined. Any co-funding rate above 35% will be positively assessed during the panel hearing.

Additional information


Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy , 
Mobility & Transport, 
Rural & Urban Development/Planning

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

12 months

Additional Information

Before starting a proposal, all applicants (Project Leader and consortium partners, as applicable) must register on the following two platforms: 

Please carefully read the registration and submission processes outlined in the Guidelines for Applicants. The following documentation must be submitted by the Project Leaders through the Plaza online submission platform no later than 4 June 2024 at 17.00 CET: 

  • Application form,
  • Business Model Canvas (see template),
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Declaration of affiliation, declaration of private concession or letter of commitment (if applicable),
    • Freedom to operate study (recommended),
    • A link to a one-minute video demonstrating the current TRL of the solution (recommended).


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