Apply to Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods Call

Urban Europe is a gateway and a hub for urban research with a transnational and European dimension. With this first series of calls on the topic of Positive Energy Districts (PED) and Neighborhoods (PEN), they are looking for innovative projects proposals from transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners.

The participating countries for this call are: Austria, Belgium (Brussels Capital Region), Czech Republic and Sweden.

The projects submitted must have a transnational dimension, as well as transnational benefit. The projects should also support interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, involvement of “stakeholders”, practitioners, citizens, community groups, NGOs, and a have a broad impact regarding its outputs and outcomes.

The results should focus on the creation of exchange of experience between ambitions and initiatives already implemented. It should also help in the creation of a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral community working in the field of the energy transition in the urban context, who can align, synthesize, consolidate, and learn from each other with regard to the development and mainstreaming of PEDs/PENs.

Focus of the projects:

  • Smaller-scale joint R&I projects (duration 1-2 years) on PED/PEN implementation;
  • Providing transnational alignment, comparison and exchange of experiences between ongoing (European) projects in different PED implementation phases;
  • Their integration in general urban strategies, stakeholder involvement strategies and the role of geographical/climatic conditions.

Topics of the call (at least one has to be addressed in the project):

  • A: Contributing to the climate-neutral city: Holistic approaches for PED implementation
  • B: Embeddedness in local contexts: Applied approaches for integrating PEDs in different urban contexts and the legal framework
  • C: Engagement and governance: Urban governance, stakeholder involvement concepts and business models

Eligibility criteria:

  •  Only transnational projects will be funded;
  • Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least two applicants eligible for funding coming from two different countries whose funders participate in the call. All legal entities must be independent from each other.
  • The project coordinator must be eligible to be funded by his/her national/regional participating funding organization. Find here the national eligibility criteria.
  • The duration of a project must not exceed 2 years.
  • Proposals must be written in English and respect the template form (in terms of overall size, limit of pages and characters in the different sections). The template form must be completely filled in.

Potential Applicants:

  • Companies (from industry/large companies to SMEs), especially public utility companies (e.g. in the field of energy supply, other communal supply and disposal systems, …); energy service providers; real estate developers, investors, facility management providers; actors from the fields of energy, spatial and transport planning
  • Cities, municipalities, regions
  • Consumers (e.g. business enterprises, test households, etc.)
  • Citizens’ representatives, NGOs
  • Research organisations (universities, university colleges, research institutes or other authorities with research undertakings)

Consortia may consist of partners active across several positions within the research and development system (i.e. applied research, innovation/implementation) and across disciplines (natural sciences, economic and social sciences, humanities, and engineering).

Technical information:

Proposals will be submitted in English. The deadline to submit the proposal is September 24 2020, 12.00 a.m. Submissions through the Online Submission system accessible here.

If you wish to learn more about the PED and PEN call, a dedicated webinar will take place on May 14th regarding questions of content, formal requirements and application process. Registration here.

More information are available on Call dedicated page ; Call text available here.