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First call European Partnership DUT

The first call within the European Partnership DUT (Driving Urban Transitions to a sustainable future for cities) is open. The call invites researchers, cities, municipalities, companies, civil society and other interested parties to form transnational consortia. The aim is to develop, through research and innovation, the skills and instruments that can make urban change possible. The deadline for pre-proposals is in November 2022.

The DUT programme targets urban change in a global context. It focuses on sustainable urban development and aims to facilitate knowledge and impact by forming and expanding networks of societal and scientific partners. This ought to give a boost to the urgently needed urban reforms for a sustainable future with a better quality of life in cities.


The partnership supports transnational research and innovation projects focussing on urban challenges to help cities with their transition to a sustainable economy. The challenges are grouped in three themes, referred to as transition pathways:

  • Positive Energy Districts (PED): aims to optimise local energy systems through energy efficiency, flexibility and local energy generation from renewable energy sources.
  • 15-Minute City (15minC): emphasises a rethink of the existing mobility system to encourage sustainable mobility choices. This hinges on the idea that city dwellers should be able to cover the vast majority of their daily needs by foot or by bike within a 15-minute radius.
  • Circular Urban Economies (CUE): focuses on encouraging city planning for regenerative urbanism, in other words: liveable, inclusive and green communities and neighbourhoods sustained by circular urban economies and resource flows.

Planning and timelines (subject to change)

Deadline submission pre-proposals: 21 November 2022
Deadline submission full proposals: May 2023
Decision-making: summer 2023.

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This grant scheme is made possible by NWO. NWO's core task is performed in the NWO domains, research institutes and regional bodies: encouraging quality and innovation in the sciences. Each year, NWO invests almost 1 billion euros in curiosity-driven research, research related to societal challenges and research infrastructure.