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Horizon Europe – Driving Urban Transitions – 2022

Horizon Europe - Driving Urban Transitions aiming at supporting transnational research /innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning

90 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Environment & Climate Territorial Development
Beneficiaries Association & NGO Large company (> 250 employees) Media & cultural organisation Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees) State administration & affiliated entities
Regions European Union, Switzerland
  • Member States
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Turkey
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning



  • Priority 1: Positive Energy Districts Pathway (PED)
    • Sub-priority 1: Energy communities – energy transition driven by civil society
    • Sub-priority 2: Energy flexibility strategies – technological, legal, societal challenges
    • Sub-priority 3: Energy efficiency in existing urban structures
  • Priority 2: 15-minutes City Pathway (15mC)
    • Sub-priority 1: Strengthen the mix of urban functions and services
    • Sub-priority 2: Foster sustainable options for personal mobility and logistics in urban outskirts (and beyond)
    • Sub-priority 3: (Re)imagine urban public spaces and streets for vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Priority 3: Circular Urban Economies Pathway (CUE)
    • Sub-priority 1: Urban Resource Sharing and Circularity
    • Sub-priority 2: Nature-based solutions (NBS)
    • Sub-priority 3: Urban food systems

Among financed actions

  • Research-oriented approach: strategic research / applied research
  • Innovation-oriented approach: applied research / innovation

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated
  • The projects selected within this Call will be funded directly by national/regional Funding Agencies
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Be a urban government authority, a research center, a civil society organisation or a company
  • A consortium composed of at least 3 entities, established in at least 3 different EU Member States or associated countries to the programme must be constituted
  • Each consortium must include at least one urban government authority partner, either as a Main Applicant, Co-applicant or Cooperation Partner, depending on the national/regional eligibility criteria
  • Each applicant should respect the eligibility rules of their national agency
  • Total budget of the call: 90 million euro

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