Academy call design

Based on the input in the Issues and Needs part and other call related concerns and constraints the call is now drafted in line with the requirements below. These are, however, not finalised and may be subject to minor changes to meet the new Horizon Europe framework criteria.  Your views and input are  welcome and will be assessed prior to finalising the conditions of the call (date tbc). The below elements are listed in no specific  order.

Financial sustainability

There is an expectation and demand on EIT Urban Mobility to become and show progress towards financial sustainability. The purpose is to gradually become independent of EIT funding. This is a major challenge for the Master School and the Doctoral Training Network, but it is  possible for the Competence Hub. We thereby need to focus on activities within the Competence Hub holding a potential to generate profit over time.

Gender, diversity and inclusion

The importance of gender balance, diversity and inclusion was emphasised in the Issues and Needs section and is also a key element considered by EIT. When applicable, we need to see to that proposals are evaluated based on incorporation and addressing these challenges.

Citizen engagement

Citizen engagement, as well as stakeholder dialogues in general, is a key part of handling the urban mobility transformation to secure awareness, feedback, buy-in, acceptance etc. This should preferable be an integrated part when critical for the quality of and to secure the projected output.

Multi-stakeholder collaboration/integration and Knowledge Triangle (KT) integration

To “break-down silos” and make sure that development work and education takes a multi-stakeholder perspective has been stressed in the Issues and Needs input. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration in most Academy activities and that needs to be reflected in the proposals.

Online education material

The COVID-19 situation is hopefully temporary, but the online behavior is here to stay. We need to move to more blended or fully online formats. One important benefit is that it creates accessibility, transparency and that education material and modules may be reused, creating a potentially increased impact per invested EUR. We therefore plan to demand more  online material as a deliverable from most Academy proposals. This may be in many different forms, from small informative videos to full online courses (MOOCs).

Course certificates

The topic of course certificates was covered in the Issues and Needs section. This may not be generally applicable but it is most welcome regarding professional education and training, and can be an important part of a revenue model. In such cases, we should look for credible certificate issuers (brands) that are perceived as valuable to the learners. In this sense, it may be important to integrate trusted professional or executive education brands when possible.

Regional Innovation Scheme, RIS

There is an increased demand to level out the imbalance in terms of development between different European countries, lifting the level of less economically developed regions. Here the Academy activities play an important role. This may be addressed by involving RIS partners, include learners from RIS countries or proposing activities fully dedicated to RIS regions. We strive for a geographical balance when evaluating the proposals on a portfolio level, including striving for a significant proportion of activities targeting RIS.

Partner consortia demands

As in the 2020 and 2021 calls, we aim to demand the minimum consortium composition possible within for Horizon Europe Academy proposal. The consortium should rather be based on what is regarded as optimal, depending on the scope of the proposal. The consortium structure will be evaluated based on what is required to deliver as planned and in a cost efficient way.

Portfolio level assessment

The last step of the evaluation, and based on the individual proposal assessments made by external evaluators, is the portfolio assessment made by part of the EIT Urban Mobility Management Team. In this last step, we will make an assessment based on avoiding duplicated initiatives, or imbalance between topic areas. We need to avoid too many courses within one area, and none in another area. We also,  aim for activities covering as much of Europe as possible, including RIS, both regarding where the initiative originates from, the activity is done and what geography it targets. We may also consider the financial sustainability potential of the proposals when having to make priorities between similar or otherwise comparable proposals.

Co-funding

We are considering to introduce a demand for co-funding of 10-20% on Competence Hub proposals. This is to balance the general demand for co-funding demands on a KIC level, but also to secure a joint ambition of risk balance, commercialization and quality.

Project duration

All proposal activities are to be completed within 2022. However, plans how to repeat courses etc. should be included. This is also part of the detailed commercialization/exploitation plan for 2023 and beyond.

Call process structure

The call is now planned to be a 1-stage application process. A 2-stage process has been considered but is not possible to implement during 2021 due to limitation regarding the call period.

Key Performance Indicators, KPIs

There will be recommended KPIs to use for each area to avoid using KPIs less suitable.

Call segments

Based on experience from earlier calls and the input in the Needs and Issues section, the call is planned to exclude the Doctoral Training Network and focus on the Master School and the Competence Hub. The latter will most likely have the biggest allocated budget. This should not be interpreted, as that one segment is more important than another is, but rather as that, a call is more suitable as a way to shape the operations compared to other alternatives.

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