ULisboa now integrates, as a core partner, the EIT Urban Mobility (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). The Center of Geographic Studies and IGOT-ULisboa will collaborate in this initiative with the aim of creating habitable urban spaces.
ULisboa’s entry into this initiative – officially approved at the EIT General Assembly in Eindhoven at the beginning of March – opens up a number of opportunities in the field of research and also education, given the access to co-financing of these activities and the expansion of our actions through a solid network of excellence from companies, public entities, universities, research centers, technology-related companies and other agents. EIT Urban Mobility has a co-financing from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology of 400 M € for a first period of 6 years (2020-2026).
The Rectory of the University of Lisbon has appointed a coordination team that will encourage and facilitate the participation of the different Schools of the University of Lisbon, their researchers, teachers and students, in the actions that the EIT Urban Mobility will promote. This team consists of Professor José M. Pinto Paixão (Vice-Rector), Professor Rosário Macário (IST); Professor Vítor Escária (ISEG) and supported by Professor David Vale (FA), Professor Fernando Nunes da Silva (IST), Professor Nuno Marques da Costa (CEG-IGOT) and Professor Teresa Vazão (IST).
The central objective of EIT Urban Mobility is to accelerate the transfer of innovation related to urban mobility, in order to improve its condition of sustainability and quality of life.
The EIT Urban Mobility programs focus on eight challenges:
- Challenge 1 (C1) Achieving sustainable urban growth;
- Challenge 2 (C2) Decongesting our transport networks;
- Challenge 3 (C3) Growing interdisciplinary talent;
- Challenge 4 (C4) Eco-efficient and safe transport for people and goods, including waste;
- Challenge 5 (C5) Data exploitation
- Challenge 6 (C6) Boosting the competitiveness of the mobility industry;
- Challenge 7 (C7) Shaping the framework for regulatory and behavioural change;
- Challenge 8 (C8); Urban governance.
According to these challenges, two calls for research and innovation projects are already open:
– The call for 2020 (for activities to be carried out in 2020) has a deadline of 17 April. This call has a more limited thematic scope and focuses on “Citizen Involvement and RIS Activities to be carried out in 2020“.
– The call for 2021 (for activities to be carried out in 2021) is due April 30.