Horizon Lab Matchmaking event 2024

Matchmaking event for Horizon Europe calls organised by EIT Urban Mobility’s Horizon Lab Programme.

The European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme has lined up different funding opportunities that are of key strategic interest to strengthen the impact of collaboration, research, and innovation in supporting EU policies.

This online matchmaking event will give you the opportunity to learn about the open calls for 2024 and the process to engage with the Horizon Lab programme.

During the session, three Horizon Europe calls closing in September 2024 will be presented in a plenary session followed by an ideation session where we will delve into the call details and opportunities for collaboration between the organisations in our network.

Call topics

The following calls will be presented during the event:

Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-09 Policies and governance shaping the future transport and mobility systems. 

Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-12 A new framework to improve traffic safety culture in the EU, with reduced energy dependency transport. 

Horizon-CL5-D6-01-08 Improved transport infrastructure performance – Innovative digital tools and solutions to monitor and improve the management and operation of transport infrastructure.

How to attend

Please register for free here.

AGENDA

10:00 – 10:05 Introduction and welcome

10:05 – 10:10 Presentation of Horizon Lab programme

10:10 – 10:30 Relevant Horizon Europe calls for 2024

10:30 – 11:20 Ideation session

11:20 – 11:30 Wrap up

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

EIT Urban Mobility Master School opens applications on 15 November

Get ready for a transformative journey – This 15 November, EIT Urban Mobility Master School is opening applications for its three distinguished master’s programmes on Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions, Smart Mobility Data Sciences & Analytics, and Business Engineering in Urban Mobility.

To adapt and guide the massive transformation the world’s cities are undergoing these days, the transport industry needs a new generation of graduates who can spur and manage innovation, collaborate across many disciplines, and have the technical skills and entrepreneurial know-how to implement future solutions.

Prospective students eager to contribute to the future of sustainable urban mobility are encouraged to explore the detailed programme offerings and application process on the dedicated pages:

The first application period is open until 31 January 2024, followed by a second application period open from 1 February to 15 April 2024.

This marks a unique opportunity to join a community dedicated to shaping the next era of urban transportation. Prepare to make a lasting impact – apply and be part of the solution!

Unlocking the future of mobility with European data spaces

Improved collection and use of mobility data can make our transport systems more efficient, safer, and more sustainable. Mobility Data Spaces will facilitate the voluntary, sovereign, and secure sharing of data to enable new public and commercial business models and services while respecting usage control and privacy for data owners.

This study explores the foreseen challenges in developing, deploying, and operating mobility data spaces, analysing the commercialisation aspects of transitioning from conceptual design, to piloted innovation, to a sustainable, in-production service model. Based on an expert survey and stakeholder interviews, the study outlines key recommendations for the private sector, for cities and regions, as well as for national and European decision-makers.

Building on EIT Urban Mobility’s experience in the field thanks to its Special Interest Group on Mobility Data Spaces and initiatives like PrepDSpace4Mobility and deployEMDS, this study has been written by MDS experts from Factual and i2CAT.

2024 Main Open Innovation Call Project Results

We are proud to announce the 12 conditionally approved* projects from the Main Open Innovation Call.

The Main Open Innovation Call received 33 submissions in June of this year which included entities from 25 countries.

Of the 12 projects, 5 are focused on the future mobility challenge area, 4 on mobility and energy, and 3 on sustainable city logistics.

Special congratulations to the 3 gold partners, 17 silver partners, 10 leading cities, and 4 equity start-ups from the Impact Ventures portfolio – VianovaSparkparkSmartpoint and Bruntor (Rhino R Sia) – who are part of the conditionally approved projects.

The final awarded projects will commence on the 1st of January 2024. We look forward to following their progress throughout 2024!


The 2024 conditionally approved projects are:

Future Mobility

SCREEN: Smart cycling infrastructure assessment

SCREEN aims to revolutionise cycling infrastructure assessment. The project aims to assess the current state of cycling infrastructure, identify areas for improvement, and provide actionable advice to enhance the cycling experience. Analysing 100+ attributes, it assesses the road safety risk, environment, and cycling experience. Combining bike-mounted AI machine vision technologies with data from connected logistics vehicles and cars, SCREEN will give a unique multidimensional understanding of cyclist risk.

Partners: Factual (Lead), Social Tech Projects Aps, Vianova

Countries: Spain, Denmark, France


GreenMob: Multimodal journey planner for sustainable travel

This project aims to address urban mobility challenges by promoting sustainable transport options and reducing CO2 emissions produced by motorised trips. GreenMob will develop a journey planner that integrates various modes of transport, providing information on routes, schedules, fares, and updates in real-time, as well as an innovative integration of a CO2 monitoring tool. The CO2 monitoring tool automatically recognises the mode of transport used and calculates emissions allowing consumers to make informed decisions.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Instant System, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Srl Societa Benefit, Viladecans City Council, Start Romagna Spa, City of Cesena

Countries: Spain, France, Hungary, Italy


AI4LIFE: AI-based smart and safe intersections for improved quality of life for urban citizens 

Intersections, as key bottlenecks in cities and prone to fatal accidents, play a very important environmental, economic, and social role in urban environments. The goal of this project is to build an integrated AI-based smart intersection management system. The system will reduce congestion and thus GhG emissions, time wasted in traffic, accidents, and increase the quality of life of citizens. The solution will be validated in 2 pilot cities: Istanbul and Jena.

Partners: City of Istanbul, ISBAK Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc., Kentyou (Lead), City Jena

Countries: Türkiye, France, Germany


Urban Mobility Flows: Public transit analytics and mobility flows platform

This project will use cutting-edge technology for modal split analytics, based on anonymised telco datasets. This technology will enable cities, transit agencies, and public transport operators to study the geospatial and temporal characteristics of various mobility flows. It will provide users with a complex understanding of the complete demand and supply for mobility services across their governing territory.

Partners: THEOREMUS (Lead), Municipality of Ajka, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary


Parkedbyme: Revolutionising sustainable urban transportation with precise micromobility parking

PARKEDBYME is a project dedicated to enhancing sustainable city transport and optimising public space utilisation. Its mission is to provide an innovative solution that enables precise parking of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters within designated city areas. By focusing on high accuracy and efficiency, it aims to revolutionise the way micromobility vehicles are parked, delivering exceptional value to both users and city authorities. The project will undergo testing in Madrid and Prague.

Partners: City of Prague, PowerHUB (Lead), Factual, Madrid City Council, Sparkpark

Countries: Czech Republic, Spain, Norway


Mobility & Energy

IMPULSE: Integrated management of e-buses power utilisation to lead sustainability and electrification

IMPULSE aims to optimise the management of e-bus fleets. The project will do this through a software capable of processing real-time data on batteries’ status, vehicles and charging stations used, planned routes and specific, and characteristics of the transport network. To assess the effectiveness of the solution, two pilot cases in the cities of Lisbon and Kadıköy will be carried out with two different uses cases on public transport fleets.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Carris, Municipality of Kadikoy, Realcity Its Kft.

Countries: Spain, Portugal, Türkiye, Hungary


H2_Dispenser: Green hydrogen decentralised production for enabling distributed, low cost, H2 cylinders dispenser and safe swopping station.

H2dispenser provides a patent solution that will from one side provide Green hydrogen produced through electrolysis by small PV installation, at industrial or energy community plants. On the other side, it will enable an easy cylinder swap refilling operation. H2dispenser is capable of filling small H2 cylinders offering a ready-to-go refilling solution for enabling small-size size H2vehicles. The solution will be tested in Modena and Thessaloniki.

Partners: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency (Lead), Bosch VHIT, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, CTS H2

Countries: Italy, Greece


EVOSS: Electric vehicle charging with a robotic mobile rapid charger

EVOSS introduces an innovative Robotic Charging Device (RCD) equipped with a high-capacity battery and rapid charging plug that can provide flexible electric vehicle charging inside parking areas. The RCD can travel to the precise location where the EV is parked. The RCD optimises not only the charging process but also the use of the space by enabling parking sites to offer rapid charging solutions in every parking spot with zero infrastructure cost.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (Lead), Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, Cityzone, Oto S.A. – Greece, Batteri

Countries: Israel, Spain, Greece


MiGriS: Micro mobility grid solutions: modular and circular battery and LEV systems

The MiGriS project aims to test sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions through integrable battery and vehicle stations, as well as modular and circular battery systems. It combines microgrid charging stations, circular and modular swappable batteries, and bidirectional charging capabilities. The solution provides environmentally friendly transportation options, improves quality of life, and promotes social participation.

Partners: Technical University of Berlin (Lead), Municipality Of Dugopolje, nexus Institute, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Constin

Countries: Germany, Croatia, Türkiye


Sustainable City Logistics

NIMBLE: Nighttime and last-mile sustainable logistics for small stores

NIMBLE addresses the lack of solutions for logistics oriented towards small stores by defining a new, more efficient model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on: 1) consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime. 2) improving the operation of logistics stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a B2B case. And 3) deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favourable user experience.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Eurecat Foundation, Ayuntamiento De Esplugues De Llobregat, Braga Municipality, Smart Point

Countries: Spain, Portugal


GREEN DASH: Greening the last mile 

This project aims to address the challenges faced by European cities and delivery companies in terms of air and noise pollution, congestion, and road accidents, caused by a rapid increase in e-commerce and last-mile deliveries. Green Dash seeks to meet the parcel and e-commerce market needs by way of delivery vehicle options that are sustainable, efficient, affordable, and easy to use.

Partners: VEFRESH (Lead) – Latvia, Riga City Council, Postnord, Sjsc “Latvijas Pasts”, Bruntor (Rhino R Sia)

Countries: Latvia, Sweden


StandTrack: Standard for the identification of parcels and tool to improve collaboration and interoperability in transport and distribution

The StandTrack project will further develop and test an intermodal solution for the identification and traceability of parcels and the communication between the agents involved in the transport of goods. The project aims to enhance the distribution of goods by improving interoperability, horizontal collaboration, and comprehensive traceability in the freight transportation chain.

Partners: City of Milan, MOVEN, Braga Municipality, Citylogin Iberica S.L., Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Madrid, t-box delivery & solutions SL, Citet (Lead)

Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal


*Conditionally approved projects must comply with EIT Urban Mobility mandated amendments before final award.

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility projects

The EIT Community boosts innovation in Spain and reaffirms its leadership in Europe

The EIT Community boosts innovation in Spain and reaffirms its leadership in Europe

  • Organised by the EIT Community under the title ‘The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the new European Innovation Agenda’, the Spanish innovation ecosystem met yesterday in Madrid.
  • The event was attended by the Director General of the CDTI, Javier Ponce, the Secretary-General for Innovation, Teresa Riesgo, and brought together a large part of the Spanish innovation ecosystem.
  • The EIT Community has renewed its commitment to innovation in Spain through various communities and programmes. In the last two years, EIT has supported hundreds of startups and invested more than €100 million in Spain, helping to bring more than 80 innovative products to market.

Madrid, 10 October 2023 – The EIT Community, the most significant innovation ecosystem in Europe, is a decisive agent for boosting innovation in Spain and contributing to its leadership in Europe. This was stated yesterday by the heads of the different knowledge and innovation communities in Spain of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

This satellite event of the official agenda, organised on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, brought together a large part of the Spanish innovation ecosystem. It emphasised the importance of the collaborative and interdisciplinary work promoted by the different EIT communities to tackle today’s society’s complex challenges, focusing on the various cross-sectoral programmes developed by the EIT Community to boost Spain’s innovative leadership in Europe and to support the New European Innovation Agenda, approved by the Commission in July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The impact of the EIT in Spain and the need for cross-sectoral collaboration
“The EIT, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, can be proud of its active presence and support for innovation in Spain. Our innovation and knowledge communities have attracted 250 partners from different sectors, including academic institutions, companies, and research organisations. Together, we have supported hundreds of start-ups and thousands of students on their journey through innovation, investing around EUR 100 million in Spain in the last two years alone and helping to bring more than 80 innovative products to market. Our commitment to Spain will continue to grow because innovation is needed more than ever to tackle some of the biggest global challenges and drive a more sustainable future for Europe,” said Martin Kern, Director of the EIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event discussed the importance of the interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach to boost innovation in our country and its leadership in Europe, in line with the new European Innovation Agenda. In addition, a wide range of topics were addressed during the interventions of the representatives of each of the KICs, from the strategies to support startups, innovation and entrepreneurship to DeepTech, cities and climate transition, or the role of culture in innovation, skills and the talent of the future.

During the event, three main ideas were highlighted:

  • Innovation is, more than ever, cross-cutting. The majority the initiatives and projects fit into various Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)
  • We face a systemic transformation that needs collaborative solutions to adapt to the current societal challenges’ scale, urgency, and complexity.
  • Co-creating solutions is not enough: Innovation has to be consolidated; it has to be implemented.

The EIT Day ended with the intervention of Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, who highlighted the long history of EIT in supporting innovation in Europe and stressed the importance of cross-cutting meetings such as this one. Finally, Riesgo warned of the need to develop policies that do not contribute to generating inequality in access to innovation between the different regions of Europe.

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EIT Urban Mobility hosts successful Sustainable Mobility Transition Meeting in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland (19 September 2023) – In a significant step toward advancing sustainable mobility in Ireland, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, recently organised a high-profile meeting aimed at bringing together key stakeholders from across the public and private sectors. The event, entitled “Sustainable Mobility Transition Meeting in Ireland,” took place at Tangent, Trinity College University, on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, discussing critical topics shaping the future of mobility in the country.

Collaborative Approach to Mobility Challenges

The meeting was a testament to the growing recognition of the pivotal role of sustainable mobility in addressing the challenges faced by urban and rural environments in Ireland. Attendees included representatives from Irish national authorities, county-level organisations, Dublin governmental bodies, academia, and the private sector. As Ireland targets to reducing transport emission by half by 2030 to net zero emissions as a whole by 2025, the rapid technological advances in transport and connectivity makes this the right moment to rethink urban mobility.

Exploring Synergies for Sustainable Mobility

Dublin’s CO2 emissions would reduce by 22%, if 20% of car journeys were replaced with shared mobility or public transport.[1] To achieve such results, and the primary objective of this gathering is to foster collaboration and synergy among the mobility ecosystem to address the unique needs and challenges of the Irish citizens and private sectors in the realm of sustainable mobility. Several topics were covered by the participants who engaged in discussions covering a wide range of themes including Active Mobility, Public Transport, Logistics, Decarbonization, Mobility Data Spaces, and Urban Air Mobility.

Diverse Representation

The event saw active participation from representatives of various organisations, including the Department of Transport, National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, LGMA, Academia, Dublin Governmental Organizations, and the Irish Private Sector. The meeting brought together experts and decision-makers who are instrumental in shaping the future of mobility in Ireland.

A Series of Engagements

The Sustainable Mobility Transition Meeting in Ireland marked the beginning of a series of engagements planned for the remainder of 2023 and into 2024. These engagements will encompass various regions of Ireland, including both cities and rural communities, emphasizing the importance of collaboration to tackle the multifaceted challenges associated with sustainable mobility transition.

Looking Ahead

EIT Urban Mobility expressed its gratitude to all attendees for their active participation and valuable contributions to this important endeavour. The meeting underscored the significance of a collaborative approach in navigating the path towards a more sustainable and resilient future for urban and rural mobility in Ireland.

Willem-Frederik  Metzelaar, Head Innovation Hub West, EIT Urban Mobility, emphasized the significance of this endeavour, stating: “We envision a future of sustainable urban mobility in Ireland, and today’s meeting demonstrates the shared dedication of key stakeholders from the private sector, academia, and government. As we collaborate together, leveraging the expertise of these sectors, we aim to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges, ultimately shaping a resilient and sustainable mobility landscape for our nation.”

Alan Murphy, Regional Manager, Smart Dublin added: “We need collaboration across many Actors to address the mobility challenges for Dublin and Ireland – the meeting brought those Actors together. In addition, EIT Urban Mobility unlocks targeted access to an EU wide network of best practice and innovative solutions. We look forward to working with EIT Urban Mobility to help Ireland on its transition to more sustainable mobility.

The New European Bauhaus Catalyse programme is looking for socially innovative start-ups

The EIT Community New European Bauhaus (NEB) has announced a new call for its pioneering Catalyse programme. The call, which has been launched by EIT Climate-KICEIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility is looking for start-ups that view social innovation as the key to delivering systems change and new ways of living together. This year will be the programme’s largest ever cohort with 28 spots available for successful start-ups.

European start-ups or scale-ups driving change in the areas of climate, cities, transport, industry and food are encouraged to apply.

The winning 28 applicants will receive support services worth a total of €50,000. Within this, they will benefit from unique NEB-specific training, in addition to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to one of the most prominent innovation communities in Europe.

Applicants must demonstrate the social and economic impact of their innovation and how it embodies the three core principles of the NEB:

• Sustainability – achieving climate goals through circularity and biodiversity
• Aesthetics – emphasising quality of experience and design beyond functionality
• Inclusion – championing diversity, securing accessibility and improving affordability

The New European Bauhaus

Initially announced by President Von der Leyen in her State of the Union address and launched by the European Commission in early 2021, the NEB is best understood as a practical application of the European Green Deal, which aims to improve the health, wellbeing and daily lives of both citizens and future generations.

The EIT Community is ideally placed to support the implementation of the NEB as it has created Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with over 2,000 partners (business, research, education, cities) cooperating in over 60 hubs across Europe.

By engaging with European innovators and civil society at large, the community is promoting business through start-up creation and growth, as well as contributing to citizen education and engagement.

Join the New European Bauhaus Catalyse programme and help shape a more sustainable, beautiful and inclusive future for Europe.

Click here to learn more about the programme and find out how to apply.

Applications are open until 4 December 2023.

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✅Technology fast-track;
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✳️ Digital solutions for sustainability,
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✳️Green transportation,
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