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Call: CIVITAS 2030 – Coordination and support for EU funded urban mobility innovation

Acronym HE-CL5-D2
Type of Fund Direct Management
Description of programme
"Horizon Europe - Cluster 5 - Destination 2: Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition"

This Destination covers thematic areas which are cross-cutting by nature and can provide key solutions for climate, energy and mobility applications. In line with the scope of cluster 5 such areas are batteries, hydrogen, communities and cities, early-stage breakthrough technologies as well as citizen engagement. Although these areas are very distinct in terms of challenges, stakeholder communities and expected impacts, they have their cross-cutting nature as a unifying feature and are therefore grouped together under this Destination.

This Destination contributes to the following Strategic Plan’s Key Strategic Orientations (KSO):

  • C: Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy through the transformation of its mobility, energy, construction and production systems;
  • A: Promoting an open strategic autonomy[[‘Open strategic autonomy’ refers to the term ‘strategic autonomy while preserving an open economy’, as reflected in the conclusions of the European Council 1 – 2 October 2020.]] by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains to accelerate and steer the digital and green transitions through human-centred technologies and innovations;
  • D: Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society, prepared and responsive to threats and disasters, addressing inequalities and providing high-quality health care, and empowering all citizens to act in the green and digital transitions.

It covers the following impact areas:

  • Industrial leadership in key and emerging technologies that work for people
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Smart and sustainable transport

The expected impact, in line with the Strategic Plan, is to contribute to the “Clean and sustainable transition of the energy and transport sectors towards climate neutrality facilitated by innovative cross-cutting solutions”, notably through:

  1. Nurturing a world-class European research and innovation eco-system on batteries along the value chain based on sustainable pathways. It includes improvement of technological performance to increase application user attractiveness (in particular in terms of safety, cost, user convenience, fast charging and environmental footprint), in parallel supporting the creation of a competitive, circular, and sustainable European battery manufacturing value chain (more detailed information below).
  2. Increased efficiency of Europe’s cities’ and communities’ energy, resource use and mobility patterns and cities’ and communities’ overall sustainability, thereby improving their climate-resilience and attractiveness to businesses and citizens in a holistic fashion. This also includes improved air and water quality, resilience of energy supply, intelligent mobility services and logistics, liveability and accessibility of cities, public health, comfortable, affordable zero emissions housing as well as the exploitation of relevant European technologies and knowledge (more detailed information below).
  3. Facilitating the transformation to a climate neutral society, in line with the EU’s 2050 climate targets, through more effectively engaging and empowering citizens to participate in the transition, from planning to decision-making and implementation (more detailed information below).
  4. Nurturing the development of emerging technologies with high potential to enable zero-greenhouse gas and negative emissions in energy and transport (more detailed information below).

A competitive and sustainable European battery value chain

Batteries will enable the rollout of zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage, contributing to the European Green Deal and supporting the UN SDGs by creating a vibrant, responsible and sustainable market. Besides climate neutrality, batteries also contribute to other UN SDGs directly and indirectly such as enabling of decentralized and off-grid energy solutions.

The strategic pathway is, on the one hand, for Europe to rapidly regain technological competitiveness in order to capture a significant market share of the new and fast growing rechargeable battery market, and, on the other hand, to invest in longer term research on future battery technologies to establish Europe's long term technological leadership and industrial competitiveness

The Partnership “Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain for stationary applications and e-mobility”, to which all battery-related topics under this Destination will contribute, aims to establish world-leading sustainable and circular European battery value chain to drive transformation towards a carbon-neutral society.

The main impacts to be generated by topics targeting the battery value chain under this Destination are:

  1. Increased global competitiveness of the European battery ecosystem through generated knowledge and leading-edge technologies in battery materials, cell design, manufacturing and recycling;
  2. Accelerated growth of innovative, competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe;
  3. Accelerated roll out of electrified mobility through increased attractiveness for citizens and businesses, offering lower price, better performance and safety, reliable operation of e-vehicles. Increased grid flexibility, increased share of renewables integration and facilitated self-consumption and participation in energy markets by citizens and businesses;
  4. Increased overall sustainability and improved Life Cycle Assessment of each segment of the battery value chain. Developed and established innovative recycling network and technologies and in line with the March 2020 European Circular Economy Action Plan, accelerated roll-out of circular designs and holistic circular approach for funded innovations;
  5. Increased exploitation and reliability of batteries though demonstration of innovative use cases of battery integration in stationary energy storage and vehicles/vessels/aircrafts (in collaboration with other partnerships).

Communities and cities

This work programme contains only a few activities. The bulk of activities related to communities and cities will be introduced during 2021 as an update to the Horizon Europe work programme 2021, once the preparatory phase of the Horizon Europe Missions has been concluded.

Emerging breakthrough technologies and climate solutions

Although the contribution of a wide range of technologies to reach climate neutrality is already foreseeable, EU R&I programming should also leave room for emerging and break-through technologies with a high potential to achieve climate neutrality. These technologies can play a significant role in reaching the EU’s goal to become climate neutral by 2050.

Relevant topics supported under this Destination do not duplicate activities supported under Pillars I or III, but focus on emerging technologies that can enable the climate transition and follows at the same time a technology-neutral bottom up approach and the support of key technologies that are expected to support achieving climate neutrality. Research in this area is mostly technological in nature but should also where relevant be accompanied by assessments of environmental impact, social and economic impacts, and possible regulatory needs as well as activities to support the creation of value chains and to build up new ecosystems of stakeholders working on breakthrough technologies.

The main expected impacts to be generated by topics targeting breakthrough technologies and climate solutions under this Destination are:

  • Emergence of unanticipated technologies enabling emerging zero-greenhouse gas and negative emissions in energy and transport;
  • Development of high-risk/high return technologies to enable a transition to a net greenhouse gas neutral European economy;

Citizens and stakeholder engagement

The transition to climate-neutral economies and societies by 2050 is the defining challenge of this century. The challenge is not just technical: it calls for wide-ranging societal transformations and the adaptation of lifestyles and behaviours. Engaging citizens and stakeholders is therefore critical for the success of the European Green Deal, as is making greater recourse to the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), alongside the Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) disciplines.

The topics under this section do not stand alone but aim to complement and support the broader integration (“mainstreaming”) of citizen and stakeholder engagement as well as the social sciences and humanities (SSH) across the whole Horizon Europe programme map and particularly Cluster 5.

The main expected impacts to be generated by topics targeting citizen and stakeholder engagement under this Destination are:

  • A better understanding of the societal implications of the climate transition, including its distributional repercussions;
  • More effective policy interventions, co-created with target constituencies and building on high-quality policy advice;
  • Greater societal support for transition policies and programs, based on greater and more consequential involvement of those most affected.
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CIVITAS 2030 – Coordination and support for EU funded urban mobility innovation
Description of call
"CIVITAS 2030 – Coordination and support for EU funded urban mobility innovation"

Expected Outcome

  • Increasing the extent and speed of the take up of innovative, replicable urban mobility solutions in Europe, targeting responsible authorities and other stakeholders, in order to contribute to the priorities of the European Green Deal, which stresses that ‘’transport should become drastically less polluting, especially in cities. A combination of measures should address emissions, urban congestion, and improved public transport’’:
    • Develop, and put in place a communication, dissemination and promotion strategy that will clearly distinguish the identity of the CIVITAS initiative amongst other European city initiatives.
    • Provide a common communication and dissemination framework for CIVITAS urban mobility projects and their living labs, but also other projects that express interest in receiving CIVITAS support (referred to from now on as ‘the projects’), including providing a common corporate identity and producing a monthly newsletter that includes project results as well as wider developments in the field of sustainable urban mobility.
    • Provide a common realistic and user-friendly evaluation framework with dedicated support for its implementation.
    • Reach out to national transport press correspondents and relevant European media, the Horizon project community and a wider European and international audience of cities and professionals with the aim of increasing the visibility of the network and urban mobility projects.
  • Monitor results and implementation activities in the projects and provide the European Commission with a bi-annual report.
    • Facilitating exchanges among the projects and the European Commission with the aim of disseminating project key milestones and results.
    • Organising capacity building, replication and twinning sessions and three site visits per year, based on latest results and best practices from the projects, to support the take up of innovative urban mobility solutions.
    • Organise a CIVITAS Forum once per year to share results and best practice from the projects.
    • Collaborate on the organisation of the Urban Mobility Days (flagship conference on innovative, clean and integrated urban mobility
    • Collaborate on the organisation of the Urban Mobility Days (flagship conference on innovative, clean and integrated urban mobility and transport).
    • Disseminate project results as well as wider developments in the field of sustainable urban mobility, European media outlets, of cities and professionals.
    • Assess the CIVITAS newsletter database and increase it by 20% every year.
    • Offer the projects’ liaison activities, collaboration and synergy building with the different urban mobility communities and initiatives at European level, such as the ELTIS, EIP SCC, Driving Urban Transitions Partnership, EIT Urban Mobility and the Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission.
    • Maintaining, optimising and promoting the CIVITAS website through usability tests, and improving its functionality, to ensure that it remains the main platform for the dissemination of relevant European urban mobility innovation results increasing the minimum of unique visitors with 20% every year.
    • Increase the CIVITAS twitter followers by 20% every year. Provide a strategy for social media engagement.
    • In collaboration with European Commission services, prepare two policy papers per year on innovative solutions, good practices, and their replication, putting in place three ad-hoc Thematic Groups (based on the thematic areas of CIVITAS) to analyse developments and prepare recommendations.
    • Organise minimum two meetings per year of the CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee, with one policy paper issued per year, to facilitate a continued dialogue between mayors, businesses and civil society.
    • Prepare policy recommendations and key learnings addressed to cities, Member States/Associated Countries and the European Commission based on latest technological and planning trends, research and innovation as well as results from ongoing projects.
    • Updating, promoting and enlarging the CIVITAS cities network, with at least 20 new European cities added per year.
    • Providing support and funding to existing CIVINETS, maintaining the secretariat for the CIVITAS initiative, and actively engaging with local, regional or national stakeholders, aiming to overcome language and other barriers.


Together with initiatives of ELTIS and the European Mobility Week, CIVITAS is part of the EU policy on urban mobility as a key flagship encouraging innovation at local level. Since 2002 it acts as an open platform that facilitates research, the uptake of innovative solutions, the validation of research results, the exchange of knowledge and best practices, and common learning in the area of urban mobility and transport. The project selected under this topic will help to ensure the long-term support for the CIVITAS projects offering governance, and an organisational and logistical framework that guarantees the wide dissemination and take up of urban mobility project results.

Proposals should aim at focusing activities on communication and event organisation and coordination of living lab activities continuing and enhancing the operation of the platform, to facilitate the continued coordination and knowledge exchange between the urban mobility projects that have been, or that will be funded under the CIVITAS initiative (not exclusive). These projects will deliver solutions that help achieve climate neutrality in cities, covering both personal mobility and goods/urban logistics using all transport modes.

Proposals should aim at putting in place a common communication and dissemination strategy to maximise the impact of the CIVITAS initiative. Proposals should ensure the monitoring of activities, events and results of the urban mobility projects and communicate about their progress and achievements. Applicants should also review the common ‘CIVITAS Process and Impact Evaluation Framework’ and ensure the continuity of the CIVINETs. They should ensure continuity and provide a smooth transition from the previous Coordination and Support Action, CIVITAS ELEVATE.

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Thematic Focus Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Administration & Governance
Funding area EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Other, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details

eligible non-EU countries:

  • countries associated to Horizon Europe
Please see the List of Participating Countries in Horizon Europe for an up-to-date list of countries with which the association agreements have started to produce legal effects (either through provisional application or their entry into force).

  • low-and middle-income countries

Legal entities which are established in countries not listed above will be eligible for funding if provided for in the specific call conditions, or if their participation is considered essential for implementing the action by the granting authority.

Specific cases:

  • Affiliated entities - Affiliated entities are eligible for funding if they are established in one of the countries listed above.
  • EU bodies - Legal entities created under EU law may also be eligible to receive funding, unless their basic act states otherwise.
  • International organisations - International European research organisations are eligible to receive funding. Unless their participation is considered essential for implementing the action by the granting authority, other international organisations are not eligible to receive funding. International organisations with headquarters in a Member State or Associated Country are eligible to receive funding for ‘Training and mobility’actions and when provided for in the specific call conditions.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Unless otherwise provided for in the specific call conditions , legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State;and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Further info

Proposal page limits and layout:

The application form will have two parts:

  • Part A to be filled in directly online  (administrative information, summarised budget, call-specific questions, etc.)
  • Part B to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system

Page limit - Part B: 30 pages

Type of Funding Grants
Financial details
Expected EU contribution per projectThe Commission estimates that an EU contribution of between EUR 4.00 and 5.00 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal requesting different amounts.
Indicative budgetThe total indicative budget for the topic is EUR 5.00 million.
Typ of ActionCoordination and Support Actions (CSA)
Funding rate100%
Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.

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