Open Call with SSH aspects in JPI Urban Europe

Copyright: JPI Urban Europe

Published on: 17/10/2022

The JPI Urban Europe launched a Joint Transnational Call on “Driving Urban Transitions ” with deadline for pre-proposals on 21 Nov 2022 at 13:00 (CET).



21 November 2022 at 13:00 (CET): deadline for pre-proposal

03 May 2023: deadline for full proposals




Short Call Abstract:

The purpose of this Call is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning.


Positive Energy Districts Pathway (PED): aims to optimize the local energy system through energy efficiency, flexibility and local energy generation from renewables in actions towards the (urban) energy transition and climate-neutrality and mainstreaming these actions in urban planning processes.

PED Topic 1: Energy communities – energy transition driven by civil society: The transformation of the energy system towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate neutrality also aims to empower individuals and shift the citizens’ role from their traditional position as customers towards a more active role. As organised local initiatives addressing the energy transition, energy communities play an important part in facilitating citizens’ participation and decision making in the energy system including:

  • Regulatory framework for energy communities.
  • Process design for incentivizing/ mobilizing energy communities.
  • Business models and public-private partnership

PED Topic 2: Energy flexibility strategies – technological, legal, social challenges: Energy flexibility actively contributes to the resilience and balancing of the regional energy system with the optimal benefit for the regional energy system in mind including:

  • Technological solutions
  • Local framework and challenges
  • Role of PEDs in the regional/national energy system
  • Societal Impact


15-minutes City Transition Pathway (15mC):

15mC topic 1: Strengthen the mix of urban functions and services -This topic encourages proposals that rethink the role and integration of services and institutions into the urban fabric, to the end of strengthening neighbourhood functions that provide for climate-neutral urban mobility.

15mC topic 2: Foster sustainable options for personal mobility and logistics in urban outskirts15 (and beyond): This topic highlights the importance of learning from concepts that rethink mobility in the urban outskirts, reflecting the regulatory framework and infrastructure requirements for different transport modes and investigating combinations, hubs, intermodal junctions and platforms to deliver comfortable and attractive offers for shared and active mobility, e.g. with regard to commuter traffic.

15mC topic 3: (Re)imagine urban public spaces and streets for vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods: This topic focuses on strategies, procedures, tactics and narratives that reimagine streets, where central qualities are lacking.


*only selected areas, for full list see topic text



SSH aspects:

Disciplines may include (but are not limited to) urban studies (planning and development), human geography, social aspects of transport, economics, business, law, communication etc.



Specific participation requirements:

  • Each proposal must be submitted by a consortium consisting of at least three eligible Applicants from at least three different participating countries.
  • At least two of the eligible Applicants must be from different EU Member States or Associated Countries eligible for EC co-funding in this Call: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Türkiye.
  • Consortia must include at least one urban government authority.
  • If the Call Secretariat, in charge of checking transnational eligibility, identifies the same person as PI in more than two preproposals, or as PI of the Main Applicant of more than one pre-proposal, all preproposals/full-proposals in which they are a PI will be declared ineligible.



Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United-Kingdom.