Urban Accessibility and Connectivity – research for sustainable urban mobility in Europe
To meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030, it is necessary to reduce emissions in the mobility and transport system and to provide safe, accessible and affordable transport systems for all. Improving accessibility and connectivity of urban mobility services while reducing negative environmental impacts can make a significant contribution to this. The BMBF is therefore complementing its national research funding for sustainable urban mobility by European research networks.
BMBF provides around two million euros for the European funding programme "Urban Accessibility and Connectivity". In this programme, 23 partners from 16 countries are funding applied research in the field of urban mobility, accessibility and connectivity. The European Commission supports this collaboration between national and regional research funding organizations with co-funding via the "ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity" (ENUAC) of the EU Horizon 2020 programme and provides approximately one million euros.
The programme was announced in December 2019 by JPI Urban Europe - an initiative of European research on sustainable urban development. It is part of the BMBF's funding priority "Social-Ecological Research" (SÖF) and it is linked to the "Flagship Initiative Future City" and the "Research Agenda Sustainable Urban Mobility". The projects were selected in a two-stage review process by a European panel of experts. 15 collaborative research projects were selected and announced at the end of 2020. Research activities started with a virtual kick-off conference on May 10, 2021. German partners are involved in nine of these project networks, focusing on the development of innovative and connected mobility systems and services that contribute to sustainable mobility and urban development.