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Call 1.9.–21.11.2023

Driving Urban Transition (DUT) Partnership funding call

The DUT Partnership steps up the game to tackle urban challenges.

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Sini Uuttu, Karin Wikman, Ilmari Absetz

Business Finland and European Union partnership funding opportunity Driving Urban Transition (DUT). Deadline for stage one pre-proposal submission is 21.11.2023.

The DUT Partnership steps up the game to tackle urban challenges. 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.

The challenges are grouped into three themes called Transition Pathways:

  • Positive Energy Districts (PED)
    • Energy Resilience and Energy Poverty
    • Urban Regeneration and Refurbishment
    • Enabling Systems for Local Energy Transitions: Collaboration and Sustainable Investment
  • 15-Minute City (15mC)
    • Integrated Policies and Evidence to reduce Car-dependency
    • Mobility and Planning Policies for Proximity-oriented Developments
    • Empower People for Urban Mobility Transitions
  • Circular Urban Economies (CUE)
    • The Built Environment as a Resource Base
    • Knowledge and optimization of resources flows between urban and rural areas
    • Planning and Designing urban areas with Nature: Towards a Regenerative Urbanism

More information regarding the call on the website

Each proposal must involve, at least, three partners from three countries eligible for funding by their respective national/regional Funding Agency. The Call is opened to a wide range of scientific disciplines and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. It intends to support a large range of activities, from research to innovation and implementation. The added value of transnational collaboration should be clearly stated.

Companies and research organizations can apply for funding. If the Finnish applicant for funding is a research organization, there must be at least three companies involved, two of which must be Finnish companies. Companies do not need to apply for funding for their own R&D project.

The call is a two stage call. Application deadline for stage 1 is 21st of November 2023 at 13.00 CET. Applications are submitted to DUT portal. Second stage deadline is 30th of April at 13.00 CET. Applications are submitted to DUT portal and Business Finland portal. Only pre-proposals invited to submit a full proposal are eligible in the second stage.

DUT Call 2023 is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Partnership scheme. The call is also part of the MICall 2022 to contribute the Urban Transition Mission of Mission Innovation.