Crisis Response Call for Proposals 2020 - addressing urban mobility challenges caused by COVID-19

By Patrick Troy / Updated: 08 Jun 2020

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility has reallocated budgets to create the COVID-19 Response Call (COVID RC). This will simplify and accelerate any actions to combat urban mobility challenges due to COVID-19. This includes funding of up to €7 million and projects must be completed by the end of 2020.

EIT Urban Mobility has proposed the following changes:
  • All partner categories can receive up to 100% funding within Horizon 2020 eligible costs. Co-funding will be favourably assessed;
  • Category “Project partner” funding cap is raised to EUR 200 000;
  • Subcontracting must adhere to EIT Urban Mobility and H2020 standard conditions;
  • KCA (Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) Complementary Activities) contribution, while welcome, is not required;
  • Financial Sustainability Mechanism contributions are not obligatory but will be favourably assessed;
  • Dissemination & communication will be centrally coordinated to allow partners to focus on the response action;
  • The evaluation and negotiation period will be 4 to 5 weeks;
  • Projects can start in July 2020;
  • Project consortium shall consist of at least two entities from two different countries.
EIT Urban Mobility has five strategic objectives:
  • SO1 – Create liveable urban spaces;
  • SO2 – Close the knowledge gap;
  • SO3 – Deploy user-centric, integrated mobility solutions;
  • SO4 – Accelerate market opportunities;
  • SO5 – Promote effective policies and behaviour change.
These now need to be interpreted in the context of COVID-19. For example:
  • SO1 will need to consider physical distancing, disinfection and road repurpose;
  • SO2 will consider training the population for response and long-term recovery;
  • SO3 will look at providing safe and secure transport systems, especially for vulnerable and essential workers;
  • SO4 will defend existing market development, reinforce start-ups and promote a circular economy;
  • SO5 will investigate building economic and social resilience, supporting rapid policy response and empowering communities.

Proposals are to be submitted directly on PLAZA. The COVID RC will be opened 8 May 2020 and closes on 31 May 2020 at 16:00 CET. To find out more information, including the list of eligibility criteria click here.

If you have any questions related to the process, EIT definitions and requirements or other general aspects of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Call, please contact

Original article first published 8 May 2020 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

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