Fifteen European research consortia have been awarded funding as part of the JPI Urban Europe ERA-NET Cofund call on Urban Accessibility and Connectivity. The programme aimed to bring transdisciplinary teams of researchers, innovators, cities, and civil society together to create projects which will tackle the challenges of sustainable urban mobility and connectivity as an integral part of sustainable urban development. Consortia were expected to address an actual urban challenge and be solution oriented, with results of the projects leading to insights, knowledge and tools to support stakeholders meet their urban mobility goals.
UK researchers are participating in seven of the consortia, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council with approximately €2 million. There are 23 different national funding agencies from 16 countries involved in the Urban Accessibility and Connectivity ERA-NET.
The programme aims to facilitate understanding and knowledge for all groups of society and lead to contributions at the urban, regional, national and European levels. The awarded consortia are working across a range of transport modes, from walking and micro-mobility through to electric cars and rail. There is also diversity in the challenges they are addressing from looking at the design, planning and regulation aspects through to the issues of inclusivity, accessibility and responsibility in the transition to lower carbon transport options.