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Call key data

DUT Call 2023 - People-centred urban transformation

Funding Program

Driving Urban Transitions Partnership (DUT)



21.11.2023 13:00

Call budget

€ 80,000,000.00

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Call content

short description

The purpose of this call for proposals is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning. The challenges are grouped into three themes called ‘Transition Pathways: Positive Energy Districts, the 15-minute City and Circular Urban Economies.

Call objectives

  • The Positive Energy Districts (PED) Transition Pathway aims at supporting urban energy transitions through innovative solutions for the planning, large-scale implementation and replication of PEDs with the mission to have at least 100 PED by 2025. Furthermore, it will contribute to the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by building a portfolio of PED related solutions towards climate neutrality. PEDs build on the optimisation of energy efficiency, (local) energy generation from renewables and energy flexibility and will be synergistically connected to the energy system in Europe. By applying an integrative approach including technology, spatial, regulatory, legal, financial, environmental, social and economic perspectives, PEDs raise the quality of life in cities, contribute to achieving the COP21 targets and the EGD objectives and enhance European capacities and knowledge to become a global role model. 
  • The 15-minute City (15minC) Transition Pathway fosters sustainable urban mobility transitions by improving accessibility and connectivity, starting from the neighbourhood level. The concept of the 15minC is based on the idea that city dwellers should be able to cover the vast majority of their daily needs within a 15 minute radius, by walking and cycling, while connecting to further districts and travelling larger distances by other forms of sustainable transport. The 15minC seeks to establish integrated and mixed-use neighbourhoods at large, which are key to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport and logistic sector and adapting urban environments to the challenges of climate change. Thus, the 15minC wants to account for the diversity of contemporary lifestyles and boost climate neutral, liveable and inclusive cities. The 15minC objective is to facilitate analysis, elaboration, experimenting and testing of innovations for 15-minute cities in co-creative settings, bringing these together in a 15minC innovation portfolio of 50+ experiences and practices, recognising different urban contexts and focusing on transferability. 
  • The Circular Urban Economies (CUE) Transition Pathway aims to support the planning and design of inclusive urban spaces sustained by circular resource flows. The CUE TP operates from the assumption that such spaces can only emerge if transformative interventions understand and address urban areas as simultaneously characterised by their resource use and socio-economic aspects. Thus, it encourages a multitude of tools and approaches that combine efforts towards increased urban resource efficiency and liveability. By collecting examples and grouping them according to topic and context, the CUE TP will provide a portfolio of 50+ solutions that can contribute to the circular transformation of urban areas until the end of the DUT Partnership.

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Expected effects and impacts

Establishment of potential long-term partnerships, leveraging of existing knowledge networks and project co-design between researchers and stakeholders should be essential components of the proposed projects. Outputs should be targeted towards decision-making (including public and private spheres as well as communities) and innovations (technological, organisational and institutional as well as social). The proposals are expected to clearly present:  how stakeholders will be engaged and contribute to the project and will be involved in the dissemination and use of the results; and  their plan for broadly communicating and disseminating their outputs and outcomes, to enhance scientific and technological understanding and transfer their results to end users; and describe their strategy for longer-term utilisation of project outcomes.

Expected results

The basis for the Call topics descriptions are the three Transition Pathways (TP): 15-minute City, Positive Energy Districts and Circular Urban Economies. 

For each TP, three topics are defined. Since urban transition issues are intrinsically interconnected, it is possible to address several topics within the same proposal, either from the same or different TPs. However, all projects should choose the TP and topic that is closest to their subject as a guide. An additional TP may be selected if deemed fitting or necessary. Although the proposal will be evaluated on the criteria of its main TP, crosscutting characteristics will also be considered in the assessment.

  • 15-minute City Transition Pathway (15mC)
    • Topic 1: Integrated Policies and Evidence to Recude Car-dependency
    • Topic 2: Mobility and Planning Policies for Proximity-oriented Developments
    • Topic 3: Empower People for Urban Mobility Transitions
  • Positive Energy Districts Transition Pathways (PED)
    • Topic 1: Energy Resilience and Energy Poverty
    • Topic 2: Urban Regeneration and Refurbishment
    • Topic 3: Enabling Systems for Local Energy Transitions: Collaboration and Sustainable Investment
  • Circular Urban Economies Transition Pathway (CUE)
    • Topic 1: The Built Environment as a Resource Base
    • Topic 2: Knowledge and optimisation of resources flows between urban and rural areas
    • Topic 3: Planning and Designing urban areas with Nature: Towards a Regenerative Urbanism

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

Austria (Österreich), Belgium (Belgique/België), Bulgaria (България ), Cyprus (Κύπρος ), Czechia (Česko), Denmark (Danmark), Estonia (Eesti), Finland (Suomi/Finland), France, Germany (Deutschland), Greece (Ελλάδα ), Hungary (Magyarország), Iceland (Ísland), Italy (Italia), Latvia (Latvija), Lithuania (Lietuva), Netherlands (Nederland), Poland (Polska), Portugal, Romania (România), Slovenia (Slovenija), Spain (España), Sweden (Sverige), Switzerland (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera), Türkiye

eligible entities

Education and training institution, 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

Applicants can be: 

  • research organisations (higher education institutions including universities, university colleges; research institutes or other entities with research undertakings), 
  • companies and commercial organisations, 
  • urban government authorities (such as regional and local government institutions, municipalities and municipal organisations, city authorities, urban public administrations, and infrastructure and service providers), 
  • consumers and civil society representatives (e.g. local and community organisations, non-governmental organisations, not-for-profit organisations, citizens’ representatives, etc.). 
  • From the culture and creative sectors (e.g. artists and designers)
  • Transnational eligibility rule 1: Each proposal must be submitted by a consortium consisting of at least three eligible Applicants from at least three different participating countries. 
    • Only Applicants eligible for the funding of the participating Funding Agencies from the following countries are eligible to apply as Main Applicant or Co-applicant: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Türkiye. 
    • In addition, at least two of the eligible Applicants must be from different EU Member States or Associated Countries eligible for EC co-funding in this Call: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Türkiye. 
    • All legal entities must be independent from each other to be considered as different applicants. Please pay careful attention to the specific Funding Agencies’ rules regarding eligibility of applicants in Annex A since not all Funding Agencies can support all types of Applicants. Ineligible Applicants (e.g. from other countries or ineligible to receive funding from a participating Funding Agency) may participate as a Co-operation Partner. 
  • Transnational eligibility rule 2: The Main Applicant (project coordinator) must be eligible to be funded and request funding by its national/regional participating Funding Agency. 
  • Transnational eligibility rule 3: A Principal Investigator (PI) must only participate in a maximum of two proposals , and only once as the PI of a Main Applicant. If the Call Secretariat, in charge of checking transnational eligibility, identifies the same person as PI in more than two preproposals, or as PI of the Main Applicant of more than one pre-proposal, all preproposals/full proposals in which they are a PI, will be declared ineligible.
  • Transnational eligibility rule 4: Consortia must include at least one urban government authority (city, municipality or entity providing key urban services) either as a Main Applicant, Coapplicant, or Co-operation Partner depending on the national/regional eligibility criteria.

Typically, small to medium sized consortia (involving funding requests to 3-5 Funding Agencies on average per proposal), are expected. However, there is no upper limit and consortia may involve as many partners as necessary for a convincing proposal, ensuring that all participants have a justified role.

other eligibility criteria

The projects selected will be funded directly by national/regional funding agencies from the partner countries. Please note that not every country supports all three strands and/or activities. Annex A (p. 46 of the call document) has a list of all participating countries and the types of eligible strands and activities.

Funding rates and maximum grant amount vary from activity to activity and from country to country. Please consult the call document for more information about your specific country. 

Additional information


Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Circular Economy, Natural Resources, 
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

max. 36 months

Additional Information

Please note that this is a two-step submission and consider the following: 

  • Pre-proposals/full proposals must be prepared in English using the designated mandatory proposal form. Proposals written in other languages will be ineligible. The proposal form should be filled in completely. Pre-proposals and full proposals must respect the total number of pages using a standard font size and normal page margins as indicated on the proposal form. 
  • Pre-proposals and full proposals must be submitted on the UEFISCDI electronic submission system, UDiManager (, before each associated deadline: 
    • the Call for pre-proposals is open until 21 November 2023, 13:00 (CET).
    • In March 2024, applicants will be invited to enter the second stage of the procedure: the Call for full proposals will close on 30 April 2024, 13:00 (CEST)
  • Only pre-proposals invited to submit a full proposal will be eligible in the second stage of the selection procedure. If a Main Applicant decides to submit a full proposal rejected at the end of the first stage, this full proposal will be declared ineligible.


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