In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, the NFSC and JPI Urban Europe agreed to work towards a long-term cooperation programme in the field of sustainable urbanisation. This cooperation is based on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Urban Europe and the 13th Five Year Plan of the NSFC. A first call between the two parties took place in 2018.
This is the second call between JPI Urban Europe and NSFC as an additional call of the ERA-NET Cofund EN-UAC.
In the field of urban accessibility and connectivity, EN-UAC aims to meet the needs of urban public authorities to implement policies for a more sustainable urban mobility.
This call aims to support research and innovation projects with a high scientific and societal impact by:
A proposal must address at least one theme of the call but can be linked to a combination of both if it addresses a cross-cutting issue:
Theme 1: Sustainable Urban Logistics in the Age of Digitization
Urban transport and logistics operations are part of complex supply chains that serve the daily needs of billions of city dwellers. As the world's population increasingly migrates to cities, as cities expand in population and space, and as agricultural, construction and manufactured goods are sourced further and further afield, urban transport and logistics systems have become part of increasingly time-consuming and slow to respond supply systems. At the same time, transport and logistics systems within cities are becoming increasingly fragmented and reactive.
Theme 2: Strengthening Climate-neutral Mobility
Long-time urban issues linked to transportation include traffic congestion, carbon footprint, air and soil pollution, road safety and land consumption. In a context of growing and expanding urban entities, most of these problems remain, but several key parameters of urban development are currently challenged, shaken by uncertain societal trends, working habits and new technologies, calling for a renewed research effort. To address the current environmental and societal issues we face, we must find an alternative model to the urban sprawl and car-oriented model that performs negatively regarding most sustainable urban development indicators.
Readers interested by this call for proposals are invited to carefully read the text of the call as well as the annex for French participants available on this page.
Funding agencies from eight European countries participate in this call for proposals in partnership with the Natural Science Foundation of China (NFSC): Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.
Projects funded under the present call for proposals must be submitted by consortium composed of at least two European partners, eligible for funding, from two European countries participating in the call. On the other hand, the consortium must be composed of at least two and up to three Chinese partners (from different affiliates, one of which is the main applicant of the proposal to the NSFC). A consortium must include at least one partner representing the "urban public authority".
Within each selected consortium, funding for participating beneficiaries will be provided by their respective national funding agencies, according to their terms and conditions of funding. Thus, the ANR will only fund the French teams.
If you have questions on the general process and proposal submission, please contact the Call secretariat:
NWO – Dutch Research Council
Telephone: +31 70 349 44 16
UEFISCDI – Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Telephone: +40 21 307 19 93
NSFC – National Natural Science Foundation of China
Telephone: +86 10 62327017
Amina GHORBEL – Scientific project officer
+ 33 1 72 73 06 85
Aurélien GAUFRES – Scientific project officer
Pascal BAIN – Scientific manager
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