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Driving Urban Transition to a sustainable future

The Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) Partnership is an intergovernmental research and innovation programme addressing key challenges of urban transitions. The public-private partnership is co-funded by over 65 national and regional funders, authorities and agencies from 28 European countries and the European Commission. The current programme duration is 2022 to 2028. The DUT Partnership aims to contribute significantly to the European and EU Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, the European Green Deal, and the Urban Agenda for the EU.


Through research and innovation as well as capacity building the DUT partnership enables urban players, such as local authorities and municipalities, service and infrastructure providers, and of course the citizens themselves to translate global strategies into local action.
The DUT partners jointly develop a European Research and Innovation strategy, implement joint calls and grants, and – with a strong participatory approach – translate the results of the funded projects into practice. A major objective of our partnership is to engage and collaborate with the manifold urban stakeholders to share experience and expertise and co-create knowledge and good practices. In this way the DUT Partnership helps creating more inclusive, safe, resilient, climate-neutral and sustainable cities across Europe.

In addition to knowledge-building and networking activities, the DUT regularly publishes calls for project proposals. The content of these calls follows the DUT Roadmap with its three main topics (transition pathways):

  • The 15-minute City Transition Pathway (15mC TP) aims to connect measures of mobility, logistics, public space, and planning to promote and create momentum for the sustainable urban mobility transition. DUT envisions to support strategic frameworks and policies to make sustainable modes of transport the default in neighbourhoods and cities. Research themes in the 15mC Transition Pathway are: Sustainable urban mobility, People-centred urban planning and Smart logistics
  • Transition Pathway „Positive Energy Districts" (PED)
  • Transition Pathway „Circular Urban Economies" (CUE)


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding research and innovation projects in the 15-minute City Transition Pathway. In the first call for proposals (2022), the BMBF is funding 14 German projects in 11 transnational project consortia from 2024 to 2026 (see project list on the right).

The BMBF is not involved in the PED and CUE thematic priorities. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is funding the PED thematic priority. The CUE priority area is not funded by Germany.

The calls are regularly announced on the DUT-Website and in the DUT newsletter. Other DUT information channels are LinkedIn and YouTube.

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