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  1. Governance, partnership: Projects aimed at increasing the application of multilevel and transnational or cross-border governance, designing and testing appropriate governance structures and mechanisms. Also cooperation between public institutions on any theme.

    Innovation capacity and awareness-raising: Actions that increase a person’s or organisation’s capacity for innovation (not innovation as such), and that establish the capacity to diffuse and apply innovation; projects that stimulate innovation in different areas and innovation capacities; strengthening and empowering of innovation networks.

    Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks: Projects working on the improvement of institutional cross-border co-operation and capacities, on renewing and simplifying administrative management through long term cooperation between institutions (e.g. Euregion), on establishing and sharing regional knowledge and intercultural understanding and cohesion. It also deals with cooperations between universities, health care facilities, schools and sports organisations, as well as with management and capacity building.

    Activities focussing on agricultural products, organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products; furthermore the development of the food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products and any topics related to animals and fishing.

    Agriculture and fisheries and forestry: Projects focussing on agricultural products (i.e. fruits, meat, olives, etc.), organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products. Also the development of the agro-food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products. Any topics related to animals (i.e. health, management) and fishing (i.e. sustainable fishery, aquaculture).

    Soil and air quality: Projects that deal with any topic against soil and air pollution, except water pollution, for example, reduction of soil and air contamination, pollution-management systems, but also prevention and eradication of soil erosion, new ways of improving air quality (also indoors) and soil/air knowledge in general.

    Climate change and biodiversity projects assisting mitigation and adaption to climate change and environmental impacts of climate change. Development of low carbon technologies and strategies, reduction of CO2 emissions from all sectors. Promotion of biodiversity, new instruments to enhance biodiversity and natural protection.

    Soil and air quality projects that deal with any topic against soil and air pollution, except water pollution, for example, reduction of soil and air contamination, pollution-management systems, but also prevention and eradication of soil erosion, new ways of improving air quality (also indoors) and soil/air knowledge in general.

    Water management projects about management and distribution of drinking water, integrated sustainable water management, monitoring systems for water supply and improving drinking water quality; also water treatment (wastewater), in particular, innovative technologies to improve wastewater, treatments in the purification of industrial and domestic wastewater and water reuse policies. Waterways, lakes and rivers: This deals with any topics on waterways, lakes and rivers, from improving water quality, protecting and developing of ecosystems or sustainable wetland management.

    Activities that protect, promote and enhance cultural and natural heritage, increase the attractiveness through preservation and valorisation of common cultural and natural heritage in a sustainable manner, and improve and develop cultural and natural heritage objects, services and products. Cultural heritage management, art and culture, (maritime) heritage routes, access to cultural and natural heritage. Also all topics on cultural services such as festivals, concerts, art workshops.

    Cultural heritage and arts projects that protect, promote and enhance cultural and natural heritage, increase the attractiveness through preservation and valorisation of common cultural and natural heritage in a sustainable manner, and improve and develop cultural and natural heritage objects, services and products. Cultural heritage management, art and culture, (maritime) heritage routes, access to cultural and natural heritage. Also all topics on cultural services such as festivals, concerts, art workshops.

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    Sustainable management of natural resources projects focussing on the protection, promotion and valorization, and sustainable management and conservation of natural areas (habitats, geo parks, protected areas, etc.). Also projects focussing on preserving and enhancing cultural and natural heritage and landscape, as well as protecting the marine environment.

    Projects on waste management (innovative services and strategies), ecological waste treatment, treatment techniques/systems; waste disposal and recycling (improvement of recycling, innovative recycling technologies, recovery of organic waste, repair & re-use centres and networks); also prevention of pollution and pollution control (ecological and circular economy, marine littering, etc.).

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    Community integration and common identity projects that build identity, create a more cohesive society, promote positive relations through an increased provision of shared spaces and services.

    Demographic change and immigration is about projects tackling major societal challenges like demographic change in different areas and migration, in particular, aging society (active aging, best agers, silver economy strategies) and related new public services (adaptation of key services and infrastructure), social and spatial segregation, and brain drain. Also all topics on migration (policy tools, strategic planning, integration).

    All projects where ICT has a significant role, including tailor-made ICT solutions in different fields, as well as digital innovation hubs, open data, Internet of Things; ICT access and connecting (remote) areas with digital infrastructure and services; services and applications for citizens (e-health, e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, etc.); services and applications for companies (e-commerce, networking, digital transformation, etc.).

    This is about the mitigation and management of risks and disasters, and the anticipation and response capacity towards the actors regarding specific risks and management of natural disasters, for example, prevention of flood and drought hazards, forest fire, strong weather conditions, etc.. It is also about risk assessment and safety.

    Education and training projects on expanding educational opportunities, reducing barriers in the field of education, improving higher education and lifelong learning, training and labour mobility, educational networks, higher vocational education, common learning programmes.

    Topics on energy management, energy-saving methods, evaluating energy efficiency measurements, energy rehabilitation/efficiency in buildings / public infrastructure, promotion of energy efficiency, cooperation among experienced energy efficiency firms, institutions and local administrations, co-generation.

    Projects focussing on wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal and other renewable energy, increasing the production of sustainable renewable energy and improving research capacities in biomass. Also projects focussing on storage and management of renewable energy, new technologies, sustainable regional bioenergy policies and financial Instruments for investments on renewable energy.

    Social projects concerning people with disabilities and excluded groups; enhancement of the capacity of children, young people, women and elderly; creation of infrastructure to improve access for disabled people, integration of socially vulnerable people; innovate in the care of victims of gender violence, social inclusion of women, etc.

    This deals with the development of health and social services and improved accessibility and efficiency for different groups (elderly, children, etc.). It is also about new healthcare models and medical diagnosis and treatments (dementia, cancer, diabetes, etc.), hospitals, care management, and rare diseases, as well as improving wellbeing and promoting sports.

    Projects about (organised) crime, efficient and secure borders, such as enhancing the effectiveness of the police in the prevention of drug crimes, the development of safety services, or tackling security and organised crime issues.

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    • Multimodal transport and logistics and freight transport focusing on using different means of transport, developing multimodal connections, optimising intermodal transport chains; offering multimodal logistics solutions and providing access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors and hubs; establishing cooperation among logistic centres and developing multimodal mobility strategies.

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    • regional planning and development, such as the implementation of regional development policies/instruments and programmes, sustainable land use management plans, integrated regional action plans, spatial planning, and marine protected area management.
    • rural and peripheral development, referring to remote, sparsely populated areas, rural community development, and rural economics, in particular access to remote areas and policies for rural areas.
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Call key data

EIT Competence Hub Open Call Second cut-off date

Funding Program

European Institute of Innovation and Technology



30.09.2024 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 2,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

Proposals submitted to this Call for proposals must support EIT Urban Mobility’s vision and mission and substantially contribute to tackling our strategic objectives (SOs). Proposals need to demonstrate how the activity will contribute to specific SOs, as stated in the Strategic Agenda 2021-2027.

Call objectives

At EIT Urban Mobility, our mission is to accelerate change towards a sustainable mobility model for liveable urban spaces. As the leading European innovation community for urban mobility, we foster integration by bringing together the key players across the whole value chain of mobility. We facilitate collaboration between cities, industry, academia, and research and innovation organisations, and put urban challenges at the centre of all our activities. We strive to develop and implement solutions to problems involving the mobility of people and goods, creating an impact for cities and their citizens. All activities carried out by EIT Urban Mobility are focused on three societal impact goals: 

  • Improving quality of life in cities;
  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change;
  • Creating jobs and strengthening the European urban mobility sector.

Five SOs, as set out in the Strategic Agenda 2021-2027, steer our activities and ambitions: 

  • SO1 - Creating liveable urban spaces;
  • SO2 – Closing the knowledge gap;
  • SO3 - Deploying and scaling green, safe, and inclusive mobility solutions for people and goods;
  • SO4 - Accelerating market opportunities;
  • SO5 - Promoting effective policies and behavioural change.

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Expected effects and impacts

One of the main objectives of EIT Urban Mobility is to close the knowledge gap within urban mobility, enabling the development of mobility for liveable urban spaces. This includes fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills in a lifelong learning perspective.

There is a constant need to develop new education methods, content, and business models to improve running operations. We need to have an experimental approach and test new ideas, that when shown to work, may be repeated, and scaled up. We need to build capabilities to be able to offer and produce relevant content quickly and efficiently, leveraging new learning formats and modalities that are different to what is already available.

It is imperative that EIT Urban Mobility offers high-quality education, reaches a large audience and market, and gains recognition with a lasting effect, through the quality and impact of its training portfolio. Competence Hub activities must create new, additional, long-lasting value, and leverage the value catalysed by EIT funding, for the ecosystem and all relevant stakeholders of EIT Urban Mobility and their members.

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Expected results

This is a long-term open call targeting five specific types of activities:

  • CHA1: E-course (SOC and MOOC) production
  • CHA2: Face-to-face synchronous course (or Applied Course) commercialisation and delivery
  • CHA3: Applied Course complying with the EIT Urban Mobility Quality System for Non-Degree Education and Training (EIT Label), design and delivery
  • CHA4: Applied Course complying with the EIT Label, commercialisation and delivery
  • CHA5: Replication, scaling-up, remodelling and B2B commercialisation of existing courses and trainings (CHA5)

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 is open to organisations from the Member States of the European Union (EU), and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. 

This Call is open to multi-participant proposals and mono-participant proposals. 

In the case of mono-participant proposals or multi-participant proposals involving exclusively entities from the same country, EIT Urban Mobility considers that the pan-European dimension can be achieved by bringing participants from different countries onto the courses and exposing them to educational content that includes examples and case studies from different European countries. The instructors/ teaching staff are also expected to come from different European countries. In addition, a course in a specific city/region/country is internationalised/replicated in a different city/region/country. As such, these applicants are expected to deliver the first few sessions in a given market, and once the quality of the course has been demonstrated, it should be opened up to other markets, involving other players/partners, if needed.

The knowledge triangle is integrated by involving the cities and industry partners, not only in identifying educational needs but also in designing and developing education courses in conjunction with academia. City and industry partners may also be recipients of education programmes.

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: 

Project duration 

This Call is open to proposals with different durations according to the type of activity planned. While we expect proposals for shorter projects (up to nine months) that deliver faster results, longer-term projects (up to December 2025) are also considered. 

Financial aspects

The total maximum EIT funding allocated to the 2024 cut-off dates of this Call is up to €2 million. The amount will be allocated to different projects and activities (see table on page 27 of the call document). All proposals submitted by the cut-off dates in 2024 must have a minimum co-funding rate of 20%. Co funding above this rate will be positively assessed during the portfolio selection process. The minimum co funding rate is relative to the total project budget. The co-funding rate for the cut-off dates in 2025 will be increased to 25%.

Additional information


Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, 
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)

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 e-submission platform no later than the cut-off date at 17:00 CET: 

  • Application Form (Segment 1.8 – Competence Hub Open Call 2024 to be selected in Tab 0)
  • Optional: Annexes to the application form (figures, graphics, photos etc.)


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