Klimat & miljö

Aktuella utlysningar inom klimat och miljö.

LIFE - Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action - deadline 5 september 2019

Integrated projects combine LIFE funding with other sources of support to maximise their impact over a large area (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national).

Under the sub-programme for climate action, these large-scale projects implement climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific EU laws, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Projects receive a co-funding of up to 60%.

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LIFE - Climate change mitigation traditional projects​​​​​ - deadline september 2019

The climate action sub-programme supports projects in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, farming, land use, and peatland management.

It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The sub-programme also promotes knowledge sharing and integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at local, regional or national level.

Projects receive a co-funding of up to 55%.


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LIFE - Climate change adaptation traditional projects​ - deadline september 2019

The LIFE programme co-finances projects in the areas of resilience to water scarcity, droughts, forest fires or floods, adaptive technologies for economic sectors, and safeguarding natural resources.

It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increased resilience to climate change. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The climate sub-programme also promotes the development and implementation of EU policy on climate change adaptation, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, including ecosystem-based approaches and knowledge sharing.

Projects receive a co-funding of up to 55%.

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LIFE - Climate governance and information traditional projects . deadline september 2019

The programme funds projects in the areas of awareness raising, training and capacity building, law compliance and enforcement, knowledge development and stakeholder participation.

LIFE provides action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects on climate matters. This includes public and stakeholder support for EU policy-making, supporting communication, management and dissemination of information to facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation platforms, promoting and contributing to more effective compliance with and enforcement of EU climate law, providing training and fostering the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches.

Projects receive a co-funding of up to 55%.

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Interreg ÖKS Insatsområde: Grön ekonomi 9 aug - 13 sep 2019

Återstående budget: 13 miljoner euro

Ansökningsomgång 2019:2 är öppen den 9 augusti till den 13 september

Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak-området har en positiv klimat- och miljöutveckling. Det finns också starka och delvis komplementära närings- och kompetensmiljöer inom området. Men för att lyckas minska utsläppen av koldioxid behöver energiförbrukningen minska och användningen av förnybar energi bör utvecklas.

Insatsområdet ska främja produktion och distribution av energi som hämtas från förnybara källor. Insatsområdet ska också stödja energieffektivitet, smart energiförvaltning och användning av förnybar energi inom offentliga infrastrukturer, även i offentliga byggnader och inom bostadssektorn.

Tre specifika mål

Insatsområdet har tre specifika mål;

  • att öka antalet samarbeten för utveckling av ny teknik, nya styrinstrument och metoder för att främja ökad produktion av förnybar energi
  • att öka andelen användning av förnybar energi (i förhållande till total energianvändning)
  • minskad energiförbrukning i offentlig verksamhet
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The European Natura 2000 Award- Deadline 30 september 2019

What is the European Natura 2000 Award?

This pan-European Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation achievements, showcasing the added value of the network for local economies, and increasing public awareness about Europe’s valuable natural heritage.

The Natura 2000 network covers an enormous variety of different sites across the continent. It preserves and enhances Europe’s biodiversity, safeguarding it for future generations, and it provides a range of important benefits, helping nature to help us.

But despite its size and its many successes, many people have never even heard of it.

Celebrating a shared objective

This is why the European Commission has launched the annual Natura 2000 Award. The aim is to show people what the network is, how it works, and what it does to preserve Europe’s biodiversity. The award recognises good practices at Natura 2000 sites in five different categories: Communication, Socio-Economic Benefits, Conservation, Reconciling Interests / Perceptions, and Cross-border Cooperation and Networking. The Citizens’ Award also recognises the public’s favourite finalist.

Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 – businesses, authorities, NGOs, volunteers, land owners, educational institutions or individuals – can apply for the award. Applications are assessed by a team of independent experts, with each year’s winners announced on or around  Natura 2000 Day (21 May)  of each year. The winners will be invited to a high level  Ceremony  in Brussels to receive their awards, and will get support to organise high-profile local events attended by representatives of the European Commission.

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Interreg Nordsjön, ansökningsomgång 11 öppen för Full Applications DL 11 okt 2019

Ansökningsomgång 11 är öppna för så kallade Full Applications – ansökningar som passerat steg 1 i ansökan (Expression of Interest) eller är en omarbetad version av en tidigare nekad ansökan.

DL för ansökningar är den 11 oktober.

Aktuella områden inom miljö och klimat:

Green Transport and Mobility 


Sustainable North Sea Region

Call 11 is open for project developers who have previously submitted an approved expression of interest or a full application that was rejected.

You may start putting together your application in the Online Monitoring System, and we highly recommend applicants to start on this as early as possible. You can save your draft work in the online monitoring system and continue anytime before submitting your application.

Please note: Applicants who have received feedback on their expressions of interest are highly recommended to take this into acccount in designing their final application.

The deadline for submitting full applications is 11 October 23:59 CET. We look forward to receiving the next batch of applications for innovative cooperation projects in the North Sea Region!


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Adopters programme - utveckla en cirkulär affärsmodell, DL 31 okt 2019

Adopters programme, vänder sig till små och medelstora företag vilka är intresserade av att skapa en mer cirkulär affärsmodell. Företag inom branscherna textil, tillverkningsindustri, hälsa, livsmedel och maritima näringar har fram till den 31 oktober möjlighet att ansöka om 15 000 euro.

Är ditt företag intresserat av att utveckla er mot en cirkulär affärsmodell med stöd från en tjänstedesigner och ett bidrag på 15 000 euro? Då kan ni söka stöd från EU-projektet C-voucher. Deadline för ansökan är den 31 oktober 2019.


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UIA- Air Quality- Deadline December 2019

Without being prescriptive in terms of the types of projects expected, cities are invited to consider in particular the following points and issues:

  • Clean commuting: innovative mobility solutions ( e.g Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) such as low Emission Zones and/or Congestion Charging)  to reduce the impact of commuter traffic from suburban and other areas surrounding the city (centre) on urban air quality. City authorities could apply results from mobility projects and investments specifically to the challenge of air pollution from commuter traffic, testing and improving innovative solutions to enhance uptake, public acceptance and impact on air pollution. A key element would be the cooperation with regional authorities and neighbouring municipalities as commuting often originates outside the city boundaries and as Air Quality Plans under Directive 2008/50/EC are often established at regional level.
  • Clean air and climate: City authorities are best placed to maximize synergies between energy/climate and air quality measures locally. They could, for instance, test methodologies to integrate air quality into their climate and energy strategies, such as the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) under the Covenant of Mayors, improving the link to Air Quality Plans, such as developed under the Ambient Air Quality Directives. If and where appropriate, results could be shared in relevant city networks.
  • Clean air for all: citizens can become more vulnerable to air pollution due to health conditions. Less affluent parts of cities, and thereby their dwellers, can also be more affected by air pollution. Urban authorities could test innovative actions on issues such as urban planning, mobility, energy and information, to target them to reduce air pollution exposure of such vulnerable groups, for instance focusing on less affluent areas with high pollution, and/or on areas with childcare facilities and schools, hospitals and/or homes for the elderly.
  • Clean air citizen science: use of indicative air quality measurements (e.g. through deployment of reliable low-cost sensors) to complement the official air quality monitoring stations. Urban authorities, where needed together with relevant stakeholders responsible for air quality monitoring and public health, could test and link up citizen science with developed tools for processing data and qualified established air quality monitoring practices, building on experiences with related projects (LIFE Preparatory Project on sensors; EP Pilot Project on sensors) .
  • Clean air communication: often enjoying high political trust, local authorities are well-placed to increase public acceptance of clean air quality measures, for instance ensuring and demonstrating positive social, health and well-being impacts. Projects should test innovative approaches that adequately target key segments of the local population, such as in schools, the construction sector and the health community, to further sensitise citizens and stimulate behavioural and cultural change.
  • Clean air governance: multi-level and multi-departmental governance best practices. Effective action on air quality depends on all levels of governance, and at every single level on cooperation between departments that can affect air quality (e.g. urban planning and building codes, mobility, road maintenance, urban green, etc.). Projects should design and test innovative approaches to clean air policies across different levels of governance, such as local, regional and national, and across departments.
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UIA- Circular economy- Deadline December 2019

Prompts for urban authorities
Without being prescriptive in terms of the types of projects expected, cities are invited to consider in particular the following points and issues:
Innovative solutions for the reduction of plastics and other pollutants such as pharmaceuticals in urban waste and waste water streams, with a focus on:

  • single use plastics (that most frequently end up in the oceans as specified in the Directive on single use plastics);
  • collection of plastic litter, micro plastics and other pollutants from water run-off and storm water overflows;
  • promote collection and separate treatment of waste water polluted by pharmaceuticals at typical hotspots.

Innovative solutions for more circular urban water management, including:

  • making waste water collection and treatment plants climate-neutral or climate-positive – reducing energy consumption / energy production;
  • exploit the full potential of the re-use of urban waste water;
  • better water use efficiency / reduction of water consumption, and improving water access and affordability for the vulnerable and marginalised groups.
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UIA – Culture and cultural heritage - Deadline December 2019

Within the context of the Urban Innovative Actions and taking stock of the European Union activities in this regard, urban authorities are invited to test innovative community-based solutions in accessibility to and participation in culture and cultural heritage which can have a positive impact on growth and jobs, social cohesion and social inclusion.
Without being prescriptive concerning the types of projects expected, cities are invited to consider in particular the following points and issues:

  • Promoting social inclusion and cohesion through improved access and participation to cultural and recreational services, in particular, to cultural “third places” (widely understood physical places where people can connect with each other, ranging from cultural centres or museums to recreational centres, urban gardens or public libraries).
  • Identifying and putting in place innovative participatory governance and management models for cultural heritage and cultural assets for example, but not exclusively, by looking for synergies between urban policies and digital humanities which can contribute to culture-centred participatory urban processes (E.g. see the European CrossCult project)
  • Improving natural heritage, especially in peri-urban areas and historic centres to create quality public spaces to improve sense of belonging and resilience of cities;
  • Promoting local employment through culture and cultural heritage sustainable business models based on the participation of stakeholders and innovative public-private partnerships.
  • Exploring innovative models of increasing social and physical well-being though improved access to and participation in culture and cultural heritage;
  • Identifying new strategies for more sustainable tourism flows, tapping on the potential of minor/peri-urban/rural heritage sites;
  • Fostering intercultural dialogue through better access and wider participation in Culture.
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UIA – Demographic change – Deadline December 2019

Urban authorities are invited to test innovative solutions to adapt to demographic decline, to reverse demographic trends and to attract relevant economic activities and residents for sustainable urban development to counterbalance the effects of demographic decline. Without being prescriptive in terms of the types of projects expected, cities are invited to consider in particular the following points and issues:

  • access to community-based social and health services, incentivizing labour force participation through child/elderly care solutions, improve quality of life including through participatory methods with focus on gender and inter-generational dialogue;
  • accessibility and sustainability of basic public services;
  • reorganisation of existing public infrastructure and services;
  • reorganisation of land use and public buildings;
  • development of society 5.0, e.g. use of robotics and artificial intelligence;
  • development of the ”silver economy”;
  • strengthening the active labour force by retaining and requalifying the local one and attracting active workers;
  • stimulating local entrepreneurship, especially for young population;
  • Reinforcing the capacity of labour market institutions, vocational education and training facilities and life-long learning.

In parallel with larger cities, attention could also be devoted to smaller and medium-sized shrinking cities. If innovative solutions require an urban-rural interface or functional area approach, it will be possible under this topic to include local administrative units defined as rural according to their degree of urbanization within a project partnership. This exception to UIA eligibility rules, specific to this given topic, will be further specified in the Call’s Terms of Reference.
When applying for this topic, urban authorities shall provide statistical evidence of a population decline which would justify the status of shrinking cities.


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H2020- Raw materials innovation for the circular economy: sustainable processing, reuse, recycling and recovery schemes - deadline 5 februari 2020

Applying a circular economy approach throughout the entire value chain, actions for this topic should address only one of the following sub-topics:

a) Sustainable processing and refining of primary and/or secondary raw materials: Actions should demonstrate new or improved systems integrating relevant processing and refining technologies for better recovery of minerals and metals at increased efficiency in terms of better yield and process selectivity as well as better utilisation of resources (hence reducing wastes). This would include processing of and recovery from low grade and/or complex ores and/or from industrial or mining wastes or landfills, and/or the reduction of the content of toxic elements or compounds in the resulting materials. The importance of the targeted raw materials and their sources for the EU should be demonstrated in the proposal. The solution proposed should be flexible enough to adapt to different or variable ore/secondary raw material grades and should be supported by efficient and robust process control. Where relevant, any solution proposed for the reduction of the content of toxic elements or compounds in the resulting materials should also include the appropriate management of the hazardous substances removed. Recycling of end-of-life products is excluded from this option.

b) Recycling of raw materials from end-of-life products: Actions should develop and demonstrate novel and environmentally sound solutions for a higher recycling and recovery of secondary raw materials from end-of-life products such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries, wood-based panels, multi-material paper packaging, end-of-life tyres, etc. These products can contain different minerals, metals, wood and wood-fibre, rubber, etc. (including critical raw materials and other technology metals).

c) Recycling of raw materials from buildings and infrastructures: Actions should develop and demonstrate novel solutions for a high-value recovery of raw materials from buildings and infrastructures. Actions should also benchmark against a series of comparative case studies of construction and demolition waste (C&DW) management in deconstruction of buildings and infrastructure of representative size categories in countries with different types of end-of-life building and infrastructure stocks, showcasing the appropriate use of the following: the EU C&DW Management Protocol[4], pre-demolition audit, smart demolition practices, using appropriate technical equipment, and sorting/processing and quality management of waste fractions such as metals, aggregates, concrete, bricks, plasterboard, glass, polymers and plastics and wood.

d) Advanced sorting systems for high-performance recycling of complex end-of-life products: Actions should develop and demonstrate innovative dismantling and sorting systems enabling functional recycling of critical raw materials, or other types of highly efficient recovery of metals, minerals or construction materials, from complex end-of-life products and scrap thereof. The advanced sorting systems should achieve very high throughput rates in order to allow their economically viable operation on the European market.

e) Sustainable metallurgical processes: Actions should develop and demonstrate innovative metallurgical systems integrating pyro-, hydro-, bio-, and/or electro-metallurgical and/or electrochemical technologies, in order to enhance the production efficiency in terms of increased yield and selectivity, higher grade and purity of the produced metals from primary and/or secondary raw materials as well as the environmental performance throughout the whole life cycle.

Expected Impact:

The project results are expected to contribute to:

  • pushing the EU to the forefront in the area of raw materials processing and/or recycling technologies and solutions through generated know-how (planned patents, publications in high impact journals and joint public-private publications etc.), and promoting socially innovative solutions;
  • improving significantly the economic viability and market potential that will be gained through the pilot, leading to expanding the business across the EU after the project is finished, as well as creating added value and new jobs in raw materials producing, equipment manufacturing and/or downstream industries;
  • unlocking a significant volume of various primary/secondary raw materials currently unexploited/underexploited within the EU, hence improving their ’circularity’ in the economy and ultimately closing the material cycles for a circular economy;
  • improving significantly the health, safety and environmental performance throughout the whole life cycle considered, including better energy and water efficiency, a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants, a reduction in waste generation and wastewater and a better recovery of resources from generated waste or a better recovery and recycling of resources from complex end-of-life products;
  • additionally, only for sub-topic b) ’Recycling of raw materials from end-of-life products’, in the shorter term, increasing measurably the efficiency and effectiveness (range, yield, quality and selectivity of recovered materials) of the exploitation of complex and heterogeneous secondary raw materials deposits (’urban mines’) when compared to the state of the art;
  • additionally, only for sub-topic c) ’Recycling of raw materials from buildings and infrastructure’, lead to wider application of smart demolition techniques, C&DW processing, quality assurance practices, traceability and standardization for secondary raw materials in the construction sector, thus improving the material and value recovery rate.
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H2020- Innovative nature-based solutions for carbon neutral cities and improved air quality - deadline 15 february 2020


Actions should assess the direct and indirect contribution of nature-based solutions in diverse structures and configurations (e.g. mix of vegetation and trees, species, shape, spatial distribution of public green space and vegetation coverage) to combatting air pollution, reducing allergy potential of urban environment and mitigating GHG and other airborne pollutants emissions in cities including under future climate change scenarios.

Actions should recommend optimal solutions and appropriate typologies fitting to different contexts in terms of different climatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions and different urban designs. Benefits and co-benefits (including citizens’ health and well-being, biodiversity and climate change adaptation), synergies (including impacts on social inequalities) and trade-off delivered by the deployed solutions must be evaluated. Tools, models, design guidelines, standards and protocols to integrate these solutions into local decision making and socio-economic transition pathways, including in spatial planning should be developed and validated.

Actions should enable the continuous monitoring of air pollution and atmospheric carbon concentration and thus contribute to improvement of relevant modelling capacity , deploying indicators enabling easy assessment, communication, comparison and sharing of best practice on the ground as well as digital solutions comprising networks of sensors, big data, geo-localisation, observational programmes such as Copernicus (and in particular the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service and the Climate Change Service with their value-added products and information) and GEOSS, satellite navigation and positioning services offered by EGNOS/Galileo, and citizens’ observatories.

Actions should test innovative governance, business and finance models promoting participatory co-creation processes in developing, implementing and assessing impact of these solutions and taking into account interdependency with the city’s hinterland and with others air quality mitigation measures

Furthermore, to secure the widest possible accessibility of the generated data and knowledge for effective communication, public consultation, and exchange of experiences, the funded projects must upload their final data on established networks and information sharing mechanisms at European scale such as Oppla, the European Environment Agency (EEA) air pollution data centre and Climate-ADAPT.

An interdisciplinary approach, including citizen science and the participation of applied natural sciences, social sciences, data science and humanities disciplines (such as behavioural economics, gender studies, urban planning, design and governance) is considered crucial to properly address the complex challenges of this topic.

To enhance the impact and promote upscaling and replication of these solutions, actions should account for conditions and mechanisms for how the intervention, as part of the project proposed, works in delivering the desired outcomes to enhance our knowledge about the causal factors for how interventions work in context.

Furthermore, actions should engage in substantial networking and training activities to disseminate and exchange their experience, knowledge and deployment practices to cities that are planning to design and implement similar solutions in a successive phase beyond the duration of the project.

To enhance impact, cooperation and synergies with the activities undertaken within the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative, and in particular the regional Covenant of Mayors – Europe (supported by the EC) should be sought where appropriate. Actions should envisage clustering activities with other relevant ongoing and future nature-based solutions and relevant citizen observatories projects funded under previous and current H2020 Work Programmes for cross-project co-operation, consultations and joint activities on cross-cutting issues and share of results as well as participating in joint meetings and communication events. To this end, proposals should foresee a dedicated work package and /or task and earmark the appropriate resources accordingly. They should make use and contribute to knowledge exchange and networking European platforms (e.g. Climate-ADAPT, ThinkNature, OPPLA). Action should take advantage of data and information provided by the Copernicus programme.

Proposals should pay attention to the special call conditions for this topic. In grants awarded under this topic, costs for construction and installation of “infrastructure-targeted” interventions shall not constitute more than 20% of the total eligible costs. Beneficiaries’ own resources and/or mobilisation and leverage of additional investments beyond Horizon 2020, whether private or public, should make up the remaining investment costs and should secure economic and financial sustainability for the execution of the project.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

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H2020- Cities as climate-resilient, connected multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility: new approaches towards demonstrating and testing innovative solutions - Deadline 9 januari 2020

This topic is divided in 3 sub-topics.

Innovation Action:

The first part of this topic invites for proposals that combine new technologies and non-technological innovations, more effective forms of governance, and accompanying (policy-based) measures for all modes of transport.

The proposed projects should be carried out by local/regional authority-led consortia, covering three different urban or inter-urban areas that have a connection with the TEN-T network[1] or an equivalent size, major transport corridor, each of them facing different spatial, social and/or economic challenges and/or experiences with the organisation of large/sport events.

Each urban area should establish a living laboratory where under real life-conditions a set of innovative, complementary and reinforcing scalable mobility solutions, centered around a principal solution can be developed, tested and implemented in an integrated, multimodal approach. The participating urban areas, which may have a geographical coverage that goes as far as the full functional urban area, should demonstrate their common interests and outline how they will ensure a meaningful and close cooperation. Proposals should outline how the proposed approach meets the needs of an efficient, flexible and accessible TEN-T[2] urban node or a city located at an equivalent sized transport corridor, which in turn delivers an optimal use of the transport network and the integration of cost-effective solutions for energy supply/storage (with use of renewable energy as much as possible) and recharging networks for transport, and ICT networks for all modes of transport. The work of relevant Horizon 2020-funded projects, such as VITALNODES[3], could provide a useful starting point.

Proposals should explain how the proposed work will support the public authorities’ efforts to implement their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, in combination with urban (land) planning and development, and infrastructure planning and operations. Attention should be paid to issues related to vulnerable groups of citizens, gender issues and health impact of mobility. Actions may include research activities, and some preparatory, take up and replication actions, as well as the development of tools to support planning and policy making. Work may also include demonstration of a resilient urban mobility system, capable to address particular challenges in the organisation of large/sport events. Proposals are encouraged to incorporate new approaches to increase the availability and integration of data to support policymaking and business activities in smart, zero and low-emission mobility and to explore innovative ways of increasing the share of active modes of transport.

To capture impacts, the activities should include monitoring, for example, aspects such as modal share, energy intensity, level of emissions, impact on health, transport network performance (demand and supply) and connectivity through interoperability and multimodality. Projects are expected to collaborate with the established impact evaluation framework (using both clear baselines and measurable impact indicators), as well the dissemination and information exchange framework put in place in the field of urban mobility by the Commission.

Additionally, proposals should seek to establish financial and institutional/organisational cooperation models to enable seamless transport across the TEN-T urban node area or equivalent.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 7 to 9 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Typically, projects should have duration of 48 months and foresee sufficient time for evaluation, dissemination and exploitation activities.

Coordination and Support Action: fast-track and mainstream the replication of innovative, urban, peri-urban and rural mobility solutions

The second part of this topic is a Coordination and Support Action that aims to fast-track and mainstream the replication of innovative, tested urban, peri-urban and rural mobility solutions (e.g. technological, non-technological, services, goods and infrastructure). Proposals are expected to set up and run a ’Fast-track to innovative sustainable motorised and non-motorised mobility’ action (working title – proposers are invited to choose an appealing title), which offers support and services to at least 20 cities and municipalities or their organisational/functional groupings. A ’staged approach’ is possible – taking into account mobility, investment or geographical needs as well as delivering the project efficiently. At least one-third of these 20 locations should be located in areas experiencing rapid economic and social change.

The proposal should include all of the following actions:

  • Support for the development and towards implementation of innovative mobility solutions in 4 broad areas:
    1. Investments in and management of the transport network
    2. Supporting modal shift towards more energy-efficient, safer and active (whenever possible) modes for transport of freight and/or passengers
    3. New operating and business models in collective public and private transport (in any transport mode).
    4. Supporting mobility actions within the scope of the European Innovation Partnership in Smart cities and communities (or its successor working on smart cities).
  • Development and implementation of a programme of tailored actions to deliver capacity building and institutional networking by:

a. Supporting staff exchanges, expert visits, and short term training.

b. Supporting the identification and access to financial and legal expertise, to define the feasibility to replicate an innovative mobility solution and to develop an innovation deployment programme of scale, notably: meetings with (potential) investors, opportunities for follow-up investments and identification of synergies with European funding and financing.

c. Providing matchmaking services for innovative mobility solutions establishing the link between ”suppliers” that may be both public and private organisations, or groupings thereof (such as Horizon2020 funded projects) and ”customers” that are mainly public organisations (such as city councils, regional authorities, transport operators or their groupings).

d. The project should deliver a set of recommendations to bridge the gap in the research and innovation performance and the deployment of the innovative mobility solutions across EU Member States.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1 to 1.5 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Coordination and Support Action: prepare for the deployment of Urban Air Mobility in urban and peri-urban areas

The integration of vertical urban mobility solutions (drones, and other forms of low-aerial mobility, as well as services) into existing surface multimodal transport (both freight and passenger) systems will add further complexity to the organisation of the urban and peri-urban transport and mobility services. It will require changes in public/shared transport management, logistics operations and infrastructure operations. With rapid technological progress in urban air mobility, especially local and regional public sector authorities are faced with challenges such as in financing, procuring, planning (infrastructure, systems), transport operations, safety, noise, security and public acceptance of these solutions.

The proposal should include all of the following actions:

a) To provide a knowledge base (dynamic updated, with a ”brand”) and to deliver a set of policy recommendations (in at least 8 languages – for use by local, regional, national and European public authorities, businesses and other organisations) for measures to (seamlessly) integrate the vertical and horizontal dimensions in urban and peri-urban mobility systems. These are notably:

  • Minimum required standards for products and processes in for ITS-type applications, urban planning (SUMPs), data-exchange, energy infrastructure, payments, environmental objectives, travel information and possibly other sectors such as building, construction, health care, retail etc.
  • Foresight deployment scenarios of up to 10 possible use cases in 5 to 15 years; public acceptance, governance, mobility systems, energy supply systems, infrastructure, investment opportunities, funding and financing needs, and land-use. An approach to set up these scenarios with wide consultation should be included in the proposal to ensure that social acceptance aspects are fully understood.
  • Tools for exchange and learning of urban air mobility with and to public authorities (notably local and regional), businesses civil society and research organisations.

b) To provide specific project development support and technical assistance for up to 10 deployment ’use cases’ in locations (or groups thereof) with a demonstrated commitment from public and private organisations that are planning to start testing urban air mobility applications in the next 3 years. The type of support should as minimum include feasibility and market studies, programme and urban planning actions (for example procurement strategies).

This proposal should work closely together with the ongoing actions of the European Innovation Partnership in Smart cities (or its successor) and CIVITAS (or its successor) and possibly other networks with a strong participation of local and regional authorities.

The proposal should propose actions for cooperation with EASA, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, EUROCONTROL and the European U-Space Demonstrator network to ensure that project results are fed into developments in the institutional, regulatory and architectural frameworks for a competitive U-space services market.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 1 to 1.5 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

For the Innovation Action:

Projects should act as European demonstration-type (”lighthouse”)[4] examples for integrating new scalable technologies and measures into city transport operations and existing transport infrastructures at real-life scale in order to achieve long-term decarbonisation impacts; reliable solutions for a more sustainable, inclusive, safe and secure mobility system, including for the secure mobility of people and freight during major/sport events; clear improvements of the efficiency and accessibility of the transport networks/systems covering the TEN-T urban nodes or equivalent, and their access to the relevant TEN-T corridor(s) or equivalent transport corridors for transport of freight and/or passengers. Positive long term impacts on social cohesion, economic development and public perception – resulting in behavioural change and policy change – are anticipated.

Projects will contribute to the development of the existing European knowledge base on the effectiveness and impacts resulting from the implementation of innovative mobility solutions.

Clear commitments and contributions to Europe-wide take up during and beyond the project are expected, which could for example be in the form of follow-up actions funded by CEF or similar programmes.

This topic complements CEF-funded activities.

For the Coordination and Support Action: fast-track and mainstream the replication of innovative, urban, peri-urban and rural mobility solutions.

The following three main impacts are foreseen:

Firstly, proposals are expected to demonstrate how their activities will lead to fast-tracking and mainstreaming the replication of innovative, urban, peri-urban and rural mobility solutions. Proposals should as a minimum requirement provide; the expected number of people involved in the activities that will be undertaken in at least 20 cities/municipalities addressed by the project, information as to how their capacity will be improved to develop urban mobility and investment plans for deployment of innovative transport solutions. Secondly, the CSA is expected to lead to new research and innovation collaborations in sustainable urban mobility between organisations (public/ private), especially those located in countries that are more advanced and those located in countries lagging behind in the deployment of urban mobility innovations.

For the Coordination and Support Action: prepare for the deployment of Urban Air Mobility in urban and peri-urban areas

This action is expected to address the Amsterdam Drone Declaration[5] which ”called upon urban transport actors, policy makers and associations to pioneer cases demonstrating which systems, solutions and services seamlessly integrate smart multimodal solutions” and which ”invited cities and regions to co-create with the citizens the public conditions and the infrastructure for integrated air and ground smart mobility solutions to flourish, where new and clean technologies, big data, real-time information and corresponding business models converge towards the enablement and realisation of “mobility as a service”.

The expected impact of this CSA project is to provide especially cities and regions with better planning tools and knowledge to integrate new applications of urban air mobility in their passenger and freight systems. This topic complements topic ’MG-3-6-2020: Towards sustainable urban air mobility’.

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H2020- Public engagement for the Bioeconomy- deadline 22 january 2020

The bioeconomy includes sectors and systems that use, produce, process or are driven by biological resources. The successful transition towards the bioeconomy requires a profound transformation on both the supply and the demand sides of the economy and involve different multipliers (consumers, retailers, etc.). It is therefore important to raise public awareness and knowledge about the environmental and socio-economic impacts of activities on all bioeconomy areas among a wide range of stakeholders.


Proposals will build upon sectoral communication activities at national, regional and local level through awareness raising about the bioeconomy at large for European citizens. The actions shall promote the environmental and socio-economic benefits of bioeconomy areas through awareness-raising and education on sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

In the framework of the UN SDGs, this action will contribute to the implementation of the updated 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy[1]. It will also contribute to the overall awareness by European citizens about the bioeconomy.

In particular, this action will help European citizens (including young people) to:

  • Be aware of the bioeconomy and all its areas;
  • Be knowledgeable on sustainability and environmental protection;
  • Raise awareness on sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles;
  • Make more informed choices in the future when buying and consuming products;
  • Encourage the deployment of Bioeconomy Strategies at local level;
  • Contribute to the European Bioeconomy Network.
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H2020- Pilot circular bio-based cities – sustainable production of bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater- deadline 22 januari 2020

Proposals shall provide Project Development Assistance (PDA) to a pilot group made up of at least 5 European cities (and/or clusters of cities) to build their technical, economic and legal expertise needed for leading to concrete investments in projects to valorise urban biowaste and wastewater through the production of safe and sustainable bio-based products, including the innovative ones. The valorisation of urban biowaste and wastewater solely in the form of compost, biogas and biofuels is not part of the focus of this topic. PDA shall support each city of the pilot group to bridge the gap between their plan/strategy to valorise urban biowaste and wastewater and the concrete investments for the launch and implementation of the respective projects. PDA should include feasibility studies, stakeholder and community mobilisation, financial engineering, business plans, technical specifications, procurement procedures, etc. Proposals shall justify the budget for the PDA provided to each city (and/or cluster of cities) based on the expected amount of investments to be triggered and the respective leverage factor to be achieved[2], where these expected investments and leverage factors shall also be justified. Projects and related investments shall be embedded in urban circular bio-based economy strategies embracing a wider sustainable and circular approach of the entire urban metabolism, where urban waste and wastewater are prevented, reduced and their recycling improved. Each city (and/or cluster of cities) shall include an agglomeration of a population equivalent generating a critical amount of urban biowaste and/or wastewater as feedstock for biorefining. The composition of the pilot group of cities (and/or clusters of cities) shall reflect a geographical spread within Europe and represent cities of different sizes and socio-economic structures to the largest extent possible. The involvement and proof of formal commitment of local and/or regional authorities at proposal stage is a precondition for the success of the project. An already existing practice of the separate collection of urban biowaste is an asset. The pilot circular bio-based economy cities should act as demonstrators with a view to transferring urban circular bio-based economy models all over throughout Europe and beyond. Proposals should support the creation of a European network to facilitate the exchange of good practices and lessons learned among circular bio-based cities. Cooperation with selected proposals under topic CE-SFS-25-2018 ”Integrated systems innovation in valorising urban biowaste” is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting an EU contribution of up to EUR 8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

This action will contribute to the implementation of the 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy (Action 2.2. Pilot actions to support local bioeconomy development (urban) via Commission instruments and programmes) and the 2018 EU Circular Economy Package. Proposals are expected to demonstrate the following impacts using quantified indicators and targets when possible:

  • delivery sustainable circular bio-based economy investments and support the launch of the related projects embedded in urban circular bio-based economy strategies to valorise urban biowaste and wastewater through the production of bio-based products, including the innovative ones;
  • creation of a European network to facilitate the exchange of good practices and lessons learned among circular bio-based cities;
  • contribute to increased recycling of urban biowaste and wastewater, avoid landfilling and cut the respective associated greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • contribute to the creation of jobs in local economies.
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