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DUT – Driving Urban Transitions

DUT – Driving Urban Transitions is a European Partnership under Horizon Europe (2021-2027), formed on the initiative of the European Commission, member countries and national organisations, which aims to face the challenges of urban transition, involving regional, municipal and local communities. DUT is built on the experience of over 10 years of JPI Urban Europe.

The Partnership currently brings together more than 60 organisations from 27 countries, involving national agencies supporting research in science and technology and bodies responsible for regional/urban development policies, in order to investing in urban R&I and strengthening a European innovation ecosystem for urban transitions.

The Portuguese organisations that integrate DUT are FCT, the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission, the Centro Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission, the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology and the Directorate-General for Territory.

On this page you can consult more information about the DUT, namely:


FCT is one of the funding agencies participating in the first DUT Joint Call for Proposals for Research and Innovation Projects.

The pre-proposal submission phase runs until 21 November 2022 at 13:00 (CET). The purpose of this call is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable and functioning economy.

You can consult all the information on national rules applicable to the participation of researchers and other Portuguese partners in the first JTC of DUT on this page.

Joint calls in progress

DUT Call 2022

Please check the call text for detailed information on participating countries, aim of the call, management, eligibility, funding regulation and application, among other relevant information.

For more information, please check call documentation, national documentation and relevant links in the yellow box on the right.

Call Topics

The basis of the call topics description are the three Transition Pathways (TP): Positive Energy Districts (PED), 15-minute City (15mC), and Circular Urban Economies (CUE).

For each TP, several topics are defined. The context, issues and opportunities that define each topic are first presented first, in terms that aim to inspire research and innovation ideas, along with examples of expected results and outcomes that may be addressed either through the research-oriented approach or through the innovation-oriented approach.

Furthermore, since urban transition issues are intrinsically interconnected, it is possible to address several topics, either from the same or from different TPs, within the same proposal.

All projects should choose as their main TP the TP that is the closest to the subject they would like to address and may indicate the other TP involved if needed. Though the proposal will be evaluated within its principal main TP, crosscutting characteristics will also be taken into account in the assessment.

Call topics:

Positive Energy Districts Pathway (PED)

  • PED topic 1: Energy communities – energy transition driven by civil society
  • PED topic 2: Energy flexibility strategies – technological, legal, societal challenges
  • PED topic 3: Energy efficiency in existing urban structures

15-minute City Pathway (15mC)

  • 15mC topic 1: Strengthen the mix of urban functions and services
  • 15mC topic 2: Foster sustainable options for personal mobility and logistics in urban outskirts (and beyond)
  • 15mC topic 3: (Re)imagine urban public spaces and streets for vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods

Circular Urban Economies Pathway (CUE)

  • CUE topic 1: Urban Resource Sharing and Circularity
  • CUE topic 2: Nature-based solutions (NBS)
  • CUE topic 3: Urban food systems

Note: all topics in the call are eligible for funding by the FCT.

Supported types of research and innovation (R&I) activities

The following types of research and innovation (R&I) activities will be supported under the DUT Call 2022:

  • Research-oriented approach (ROA), namely strategic research and applied research;
  • Innovation-oriented approach (IOA).

Note: FCT will not fund IOA – Innovation-oriented approach projects.


When submitting an application on the submission platform, the NUTS II Centre entities or entities that ensure that the investment is carried out in that region and who want to apply with a research-oriented approach (ROA) project should select FCT as funding agency. If those entities want to apply with a Innovation-oriented approach (IOA) project , they should select CCDR-Centro as funding agency.

Participating Countries

See the list of participating countries on the DUT call 2022 website.

How to Apply
  • Please check call documentation and national documentation available in the yellow box on the right.
  • Check the national or regional rules of the countries participating in your consortium (including Portuguese), available through the Funding Agencies’ Budgets and Rules of Eligibility. Partners that are considered non-eligible may result in the rejection of the entire consortium.
  • Complete the pre-proposal form and the proposal submission tool, available on the call page.
  • Up to 10 working days after the deadline for submission of pre-proposals, Portuguese teams (coordinators and/or partners) must send the following statement of commitment to the National Contact Point for the call, duly signed by the Researcher in Charge and by the legal representative of the Proposing Institution and stamped. The original must be kept, as it may be requested by the FCT.

Funding Commitment (Portugal only)

FCT's funding commitment for DUT call 2022: €500,000.00 (five hundred thousand euros).

  • Maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal: €250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand euros);
  • Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: €125,000.00 (one hundred and twenty-five thousand euros).

Note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a given consortium, the budget has to be shared. Portuguese institutions must follow Regulation on projects funded solely by national funds. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

Funding rates (FCT)
Beneficiaries Basic research Applied research Innovation
Higher education institutions, their institutes and R&D units 100% 100% n/a
State or international laboratories with head office in Portugal 100% 100% n/a
Non-profit private institutions whose main object is R&D activity 100% 100% n/a
Other non-profit public and private institutions developing or participating in scientific research activities 100% 100% n/a
Companies of any type and under any legal form* 50%** 50%** n/a

* if included in SR&TD projects led by non-entrepreneurial entities from the R&I system (under number 1, b, of article 3 of FCT regulation)

** under number 2 of article 7 of FCT regulation

Applicable Regulation (Portugal only)

The regulation applicable to projects to be funded by FCT is the Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds.

Note: the information contained in this page does not exempt from reading the call text, nor the other documents related to the call or the application process, constituting only a summary of them. No information contained in this page replaces or supersedes what is stipulated in the call text, in its procedures or in any other document of the call presented in the DUT call 2022 webpage.

National Contact Points
Alexandre Maurício (main national contact point)
T. (+351) 213 917 648

Joana Pinheiro

Documents of interest:

DUT objectives

DUT aims to create a strong community around urban transitions and to establish a well-known research and innovation platform that will help cities become more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. DUT is the only one of the European partnerships under Horizon Europe framework addressing urban development in its complexity, with a close link to the European mission of 100 climate-neutral and smart cities.

The objective is to establish, together with the European Commission, a network of knowledge and critical mass at European level in constant growth, based on promoting research and innovation, in order to financing transnational urban transition projects around three strategic axes of DUT, called Transition Pathways.

Transition Pathways

Many of the great contemporary challenges must be faced within cities and by urban communities. DUT aims to face these challenges in an integrated and interrelated way to offer decision-makers in municipalities, companies and society the means to act and enable the necessary urban transformations.

The following three axes form DUT Transition Pathways:

  • Positive Energy Districts Transition Pathway (PED TP): optimises the local energy system, putting energy efficiency, flexibility and local energy generation from renewable sources into action. The objective is to favour (urban) energy transition and climate neutrality, integrating them into urban planning processes.
  • 15-minute City Transition Pathway (15mC TP): rethinks the existing mobility system and urban morphology to encourage sustainable mobility choices, redistribute urban space and reorganise daily activities to make cities more climate neutral, livable and inclusive.
  • Circular Urban Economies Transition Pathway (CUE TP): promotes the design of urban places characterised by regenerative urbanism, such as green, inclusive and livable communities and neighbourhoods that are underpinned by circular urban economies and resource flows.

Upcoming events and past events

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Past events


Alexandre Maurício
Tel. (+351) 213 917 648

Joana Pinheiro

DUT website

This partnership is funded by Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation under grant agreement ID: 101069506.