The EIT Urban Mobility call for innovation is open now; business plan 2023-2025. In 2021, the Climate Crisis and Covid-19 focused on the pressing need for more action and less reflection on how we can create healthy, liveable, and sustainable cities. The Innovation Programme of 2022 is well placed to help find practical ways to address these challenges.
In 2022, our community will develop solutions and products driving the use of second-life batteries, alternative energy, grid/micro-grid management, tackling last-mile pollution and congestion, autonomous delivery, active mobility, sustainable logistics, and creating dynamic shared spaces for both vehicles and pedestrians.
This Call for Innovation will focus on the same four City Challenges as last year: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Energy and Mobility, and Future Mobility. Retaining the same Challenge Areas was a decision made in consultation with our community and in considering the exceptional strength of the proposals and the quality of the partnerships received last year.
The overall purpose of the Innovation Programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.
Urban mobility challenges include equality of access, eco-efficiency, physical and digital safety, harnessing new technologies, population growth, and air quality. We also address the regulatory and behavioural changes needed to improve urban life quality within our action-orientated innovation.
The Innovation Programme co-creates ideas that lead to the proposal of projects, the demonstration of new solutions, the development of living labs, and the creation of commercial value.
Cities across Europe identified over 250 urban mobility challenges. These challenges were reworked into nine more expansive ‘Challenge Areas’. Four challenge areas for the Call for Innovation will be supported directly by the Innovation Programme: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Future Mobility, and Mobility & Energy.
Source: EIT Urban Mobility