Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport has recently opened its call for European projects. This initiative has a budget of 1.9 billion euros to support the deployment of sustainable and efficient solutions for mobility and the integration of various means of transport.
European projects presented to CEF Transport can be fund up to 85% (cohesion countries), 50% (studies) and 30% (civil works). The minimum contribution to studies is 500,000 euros and one million euros for other projects.
In addition to CEF Transport, calls in the frame of Horizonte2020 "Mobility for Growth" and "Green vehicles" are open to proposals until early 2017 and offer 500 million euros. The European funding can reach in this case 70% - 100% of the project budget.
Opportunities are available for public institutions and companies, and ZABALA Innovation Consulting has great experience: in the last two years we have secured funding for 8 out of 9 projects presented in CEF Transport, and maintain a ratio of approval of 35% in Horizon2020 versus 14% on average.
The European Commission has recently launched the publication "Making European Cities Greener" collecting good practices of European projects focus on sustainable mobility. ZABALA has contributed to the preparation of two highlighted projects led by the University of Deusto and Correos Spain:
- TIMON (University of Deusto), funded by Horizonte2020, aims to develop new technologies and use artificial intelligence to build a knowledge platform to collect and process data in real time providing information about accidents, congestion of traffic, and air quality. This is expected to reduce the number of accidents, traffic congestion and greenhouse gases.
- PostLowCIT (Post Office) funded by CEF Transport, consist on the use in major Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla) of electric vehicles and gas-powered trucks. In this way pollution emissions will be reduced. This pilot experience will be extended in the future to other European regions.