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Research Projects

Developing new knowledge related to transport

The research projects, run under CIVITAS, focus on establishing new knowledge or exploring the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution related to transport

The following may be included if they aim to demonstrate:

  • the technical feasibility of cleaner, better transport options for cities;
  • basic and applied research;
  • the development and integration of technology;
  • and testing and validation in small-scale demonstrations or pilot activities.

Sustainable urban mobility plans


The focus of CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is to help cities that experience negative effects of transport to accelerate the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The project will assist mobility planning authorities, especially in countries where SUMP take-up is low, to overcome barriers that stop or make it difficult to implement the plans. It will provide learning opportunities, tools and guidance for cities to develop high-quality SUMPs, and work with national governments to raise awareness of the concept and create favourable conditions for SUMP development.

SUMPs-Up will make funding available to bring together technical experts to input into the project’s activities and help test its products and services. It will also provide financial assistance to enable cities to take part in learning support activities, and test pilot SUMP measures. SUMPs-Up will monitor and evaluate the progress of SUMPs in cities and make real-time improvements to ensure they make the maximum impact.


Supporting local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

There is a gap between the needs and demands of the cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and higher administrative institutions who should prepare the ground and provide (national) support programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.

CIVITAS PROSPERIY helps to close this gap by facilitating a unique approach of involvement and activation. This happens through two ways. On the one hand, the project offers regular peer-to-peer exchange between the national level authorities from different countries. And on the other hand, through a regular national development process in each country, in which the national level interacts with the cities of the country.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s goal is to promote and support a broad take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) especially in regions and cities where the take up is so far low. CIVITAS PROSPERITY is a member of the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. 


Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for Small-Medium local authorities  

The SUITS project’s aim is to substantially increase the capacity of Small-Medium local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.

The project outputs will provide valuable tools for local authorities and policy makers in making the case for socially and economically sustainable investments in transport. SUITS targets four key areas:

  • Capacity gaps in small-medium local authorities’ knowledge and work practices.
  • The need for integrated urban mobility planning of both freight and passengers based on the capture and use of information relating to the diversity of active, private, public, shared and multimodal forms of transport, journey types and travellers/freight.
  • The need to exploit future transport technologies to improve transport efficiency and enhance quality of life.
  • The need to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of transport measures through transferable best practice, new funding models and creation of sustainable opportunities for new business entries.


Sustainable urban mobility and procurement


The SPICE project collects and assesses current practices of public procurements for sustainable transport and mobility projects in Europe, and shares good practices with other public procurers. The project aims to facilitate dialogues between public procurers and suppliers and develop recommendations on procurement procedures in order to enable fast adoption of innovative and sustainable technologies. The project will assist public authorities to use this collection of best practices (with a focus on alternatively fuelled vehicles and infrastructure, ITS, mobility services and other sustainable transport services) and the recommendations. Finally, SPICE will form a number of common buyer groups to work on strategies on how to plan joint procurement actions for their sustainable transport projects.

As a result, the project will raise awareness of using public procurement as an instrument to facilitate sustainable and innovative transport ad mobility solutions. The project will enhance public authorities’ technical and legal knowledge on advanced procurement. This will be used to support public authorities in Europe to implement more innovative and sustainable transport solutions and make transport in European cities more sustainable and efficient.

Sustainble neighbour mobility planning


The project Metamorphosis aims at transforming neighbourhoods in more liveable shared spaces. Metamorphosis starts from the premises that when a neighbourhood has many children on its public spaces, its well-designed.


The main objectives of the project are to:

  • Transform car-oriented neighbourhoods into children-friendly neighbourhoods achieving behavioural change and increase in the quality of life
  • Build the vision needed for such transformations – involving end-users, including children, and stakeholders
  • Answer some basic research questions related to neighbourhood transformation
  • Achieve creative breakthrough innovations – in development, in design, in governance and in planning procedures – for streets, squares and other public spaces in neighbourhoods and urban districts
  • Through the above described mechanisms, develop and implement children friendly mobility solutions (e.g. pedestrianisation, better and more equitable shared public spaces, street design elements, child oriented “Share Points”)
  • Evaluate take up, involvement, process and impacts using innovative evaluation methodologies
  • Develop and implement innovative transfer instruments to transfer Metamorphosis-innovations from city to city and country to country, also beyond the duration of the project.


MUV – Mobility Urban Values – leverages behavior change in local communities using an innovative approach to improve urban mobility: changing commuting habits through a game that mixes digital and physical experiences. Rather than focus on costly and rapidly ageing urban infrastructures, MUV promotes a shift towards more sustainable and healthy mobility choices by engaging in a positive way local communities, local businesses, policymakers and Open Data enthusiasts.

MUV solutions will be open, co-created with a strong learning community of users and stakeholders, and piloted in a set of diverse urban neighborhoods spread across Europe:

Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Fundao (PT), Ghent (BE), Helsinki (FI), Palermo (IT).

Mobility and environmental data gathered via the mobile app and the monitoring stations, all released as Open Data, will allow policymakers to enhance planning processes and civic hackers to build new services able to improve cities’ quality of life in a more effective way.


Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods – Research and Implementation Support in Europe

The Sunrise project will develop new participatory tools to facilitate collaborative ways to address mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level. The project’s mission is therefore to develop, implement, assess and facilitate co-learning about new, collaborative ways to address common local urban mobility challenges through “neighbourhood mobility labs”. These laboratories will lay the foundation for the Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning (SNMP) which in turn builds on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) concept.

These solutions will be tested in the six SUNRISE neighbourhood cities of Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmo, Southend-on-Sea and Thessaloniki.

With the support of the project’s partners; urbanista, Rupprecht Consult, Polis, Edinburgh Napier University – Transport Research Institute, Zaragoza Logistics Center and Koucky & Partners, the SUNRISE cities’ neighbourhoods will run a highly participatory “co-creation” process with their residents and stakeholders to identify local needs, develop new transport solutions, implement and evaluate them.

SUNRISE will also seek cooperation with its “sister” projects Cities4People, METAMORPHOSIS and MUV that are funded under the same call and offer great potential for cooperation and exchange of experiences.


Cities-4-People is an H2020 project revolving around sustainable and people-oriented transport as a solution to the many challenges linked to mobility and faced by urban and peri-urban areas today.

Aiming to implement mobility solutions developed by the people for the people, Cities-4-People taps into participatory practices of social innovation and neighbourhood governance and builds on three main pillars: citizens’ participation, community empowerment, and sustainable urban planning.

Cities-4-People unfolds in five European areas: the Oxfordshire County, Hamburg District of Altona, Üsküdar in Istanbul, Budapest and Trikala. In these areas Mobility Communities are set up involving citizens, city authorities, mobility providers and innovation experts. By developing and providing a framework of support services and tools, Cities-4-People empowers these communities to actively contribute to shaping their local mobility innovation ecosystems in line with a People-Oriented Transport and Mobility (POTM) approach. POTM encompasses a blend of new digital and social technologies under an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach in order to bring out solutions that have a low ecological footprint, a sharing mentality and the potential to solve real urban and peri-urban mobility issues.



MEISTER aims to change the paradigm in the electromobility market by providing interoperable platforms and services for easy, convenient, and barrier-free access to charging, billing and smart grid service, whilst also increasing the use of renewable energy sources and self-generation methods to power electric vehicles (EVs).

The project will also demonstrate and establish innovative business models that will help cities, charging infrastructure operators and e-mobility service providers to reduce costs for EV infrastructure deployment, thereby facilitating large-scale EV usage/ownership.

MEISTER is expected to increase the demand for EVs by 15%, reduce the installation costs of EVSE infrastructure by 20%, and help reduce charging prices by 20%. MEISTER will work with cities  in Southern, Central and Northern Europe - Málaga (Spain), Berlin (Germany), and Gothenburg (Sweden) - to test and validate its results.