ERA-NET cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity

Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application to conduct research on the connectivity, and accessibility of urban areas.


The Urban Accessibility and Connectivity call (EN-UAC) is developed by the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE), and is co-funded by the European Commission. The aim of JPI UE is to create attractive, sustainable, and viable economic urban areas. The call Urban Accesibility and Connectivity is on the accessibility and connectivity of urban areas, with a focus on the 5 challenges below: 

  • Challenge 1: Evolving solutions for an integrated approach on sustainable urban physical mobility and transport, land use and digital connectivity
  • Challenge 2: Develop and support the implementation of innovative mobility systems and services with a potential to contribute to sustainable urban mobility
  • Challenge 3: Transform and re-organise urban spaces to pave the ground for sustainable urban mobility and accessibility at local level, from the street scale to the district
  • Challenge 4: Develop effective policy options for achieving a shift towards sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity
  • Challenge 5: Change behaviours and perspectives towards sustainable urban accessibility and connectivity

Who can apply

An application needs to be submitted by a consortium of at least three eligible applicants, from at least three participating countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom).

Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application if they are employed at one of the institutions listed in Annex A (part NWO) of the call for proposals. Personnel with a zero-hour appointment is excluded from applying.

An applicant can be involved with a maximum of two applications, and only once as main applicant. More information on the transnational eligibility criteria, and the eligibility criteria of other countries can be found in the ‘ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accesibility and Connectivity Call  for Porposals’, page 23 and 33 (Annex A).

What to apply for

For a research proposal in this round, a maximum of € 320,000 can be applied for. W PhD should get a 4-year appointment. Only the first 3 years can be funded through this programme. The budget modules (including the maximum amounts) that are available within this call for proposals are: PhD, Postdoc, Non-scientific staff, Research Leave, Material Costs, Knowledge Utilisation, Internationalisation and Money Follows Cooperation. The maximum amounts for each module are stated in the Annex A (part NWO) of the Call for Proposals. 

For the budget modules “PhD”, and “Postdoc”, a one-off individual bench fee of € 5,000 is added on top of the salary costs. For personnel outside the Netherlands, the local rates are reimbursed up to a maximum of the VSNU rates. An explanation of the budget modules can be found in the PDF on the bottom of this page.

When to apply

  • Deadline for submitting a pre-proposal (compulsory) is March 17th, 2020 at 14.00 CET.
  • Deadline for submitting a full proposal is September 22nd, 2020 at 14.00 CET. 

The submission will be done via the electronic submission system of ANR ( More information on this can be found on page 23 of the call for proposals. 

Please note: for applicants applying for funding from NWO it is compulsory to submit a financial details form. This format will become available in January 2020. 



Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following three criteria: 

  • excellence
  • impact and involvement of stakeholders/users
  • quality and efficiency of the project implementation

Please see page 27 of the call for proposals for the criteria including the sub-criteria. 


The assessment in this call will be done in two stages. In the first stage consortia are invited to submit a pre-proposal. Of the submitted proposals app. 50 will be invited to submit a full proposal. Only consortia that were successful in the first stage can submit a full proposal. Eligible proposals – both in the first, as in the second stage – will be assessed by an independent international expert committee consisting both of researchers and practitioners. The proposals will be ranked based on the criteria in the call text. Based on the ranking, and the budget available the national and regional funding agencies will take the funding decision. On the side of NWO this decision will be taken by the Domain Board of SSH. 

Meer informatie

More information can be found at the JPI UE website. Submitting an application can be done via the electronic submission system of ANR.


Aurélien Gaufrès en Pascal Bain
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)  
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Open for preliminary proposals


17 March 2020 14:00

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange


22.500.000 euro

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


JPI Urban Europe


Research (2019-2022)




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