Calls and opportunities

Call launched for cities to join the SUMP-PLUS Follower Cities Group

CIVITAS SUMP-PLUS is inviting applications for cities to join its Follower Cities Group! The cities chosen will participate in a series of exciting knowledge transfer activities linked to the six SUMP-PLUS co-creation City Laboratories (CLs). More information on these is provided below. 

In total, 16 planning authorities will be chosen to become members of the group, whose activities will start in early 2021 and run until the end of the project, which is 31 August 2022. 

Activities and main responsibilities of the Follower Cities

After being selected and assigned to one or more City Laboratory, the Follower Cities will follow the actions taken by the CL(s) closely, learn from the leading cities, and offer them feedback concerning their implementation activities. 

After this observation period, Follower Cities will deliver an action plan outlining how they themselves can go about developing and applying the related measure(s).

Beyond this, the Follower Cities will be part of a knowledge exchange programme and attend site visits and workshops; these will enrich and deepen their knowledge of sustainable urban mobility planning. 

Later on in the project, they will also serve as mentors to other cities in the SUMP-PLUS train-the-trainer programme, together with the six SUMP-PLUS City Partners. 

Who can apply?

SUMP-PLUS is seeking motivated local authorities with the desire and capacity to broaden their knowledge on SUMPs. 

The following authorities can apply to join the SUMP-PLUS Sharing and Learning Community:

  • Any urban authority of a local administrative unit that is active in sustainable transport planning according to the degree of urbanisation as city, town, or suburb;
  • Any association or grouping of urban authorities of local administrative units that is active in sustainable transport planning. This can include associations or groupings of public authorities, agencies and companies, NGOs, and advocacy groups that are working in partnership in the same city region. 

All applicants must be legal entities established in a Member State (MS) of the European Union (EU) or within an associated country of the Horizon 2020 programme.

As English is the offical working language of the SUMP-PLUS project and all of its activities, candidates should have a good level of verbal and written English. 

Applying and further information

Before applying, each planning authority is encouraged to read more about the six CLs to understand which one's activities are most relevant to its needs and/or objectives.

To apply, please fill in the application form and city typology form linked below and send them to this email address: ana.dragutescu@iclei.org

The deadline for applications is 13 November 2020, 18:00 CET!

Once we receive the applications, we will assess and assign the selected applicants to one or more Co-creation Laboratory, based on the local context and SUMP maturity level. 

SUMP-PLUS Follower City application form

SUMP-PLUS City typology levels and categories

SUMP-PLUS indicator and category description

For further information on the application process, please see the Terms of Reference

For any questions concerning the application, please contact marko.horvat@iclei.org

 

The City Laboratories

City Lab 1 (more information here)

Objectives:

  • Develop context-specific mobility transformation pathways
  • Forge cross-sectoral links between transport, public services, and commerce
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario

Following its adoption of an ambitious SUMP in 2018, Klaipeda is planning its SUMP implementation pathway. This will accelerate its transformation from car-dominated streetscapes to a liveable city with inclusive and green mobility. 

City Lab 2 (more information here)

Objectives

  • Forge cross-sectoral links between transport, public services, and commerce
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario:

In order to maximise the efficiency of investment in Greater Manchester's health and transport sectors, cross-sectoral links need to be deepened. The approach for doing so will draw on experience gathered during Covid-19 in relation to new ways of working. 

 

City Lab 3 (more information here)

Objectives:

  • Develop context-specific mobility transformation pathways
  • Forge cross-sectoral links between transport, public services, and commerce
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario:

The medium-sized Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia is Romania's smart city pioneer. Within SUMP-PLUS, it will seek to upscale mobility-related technology innovations as part of its SUMP implementation pathway. This will also involve transformational public transport projects. 

City Lab 4 (more information here)

Objectives

  • Develop context-specific mobility transformation pathways
  • Forge cross-sectoral links between transport, public services, and commerce
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario:

Testing a tailored approach developed for smaller urban areas, Platanias is developing a SUMP and supporting implementation pathways for its cross-municipal functional area. This will seek to address mobility challenges specific to touristic island locations, including high seasonal fluctuations in mobility demand and creating links between the hinterland and urban areas. 

City Lab 5 (more information here)

Objectives:

  • Implement and monitor cutting-edge mobility solutions
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario:

Antwerp will intensify its cross-boundary partnerships with surrounding municipalities in order to deliver attractive, convenient, and safe intermodal travel options running from the commuter below into the city. The objective is to bring transport services up to the quality of its award-winning intermodal journey planner. 

City Lab 6 (more information here)

Objectives:

  • Forge cross-sectoral links between transport, public services, and commerce
  • Implement and monitor cutting-edge mobility solutions
  • Create new forms of public-private partnerships and business models

Scenario:

Lucca will seek to strengthen the regional logistics component of its SUMP, with both Antwerp and Lucca looking to develop partnership models and incentive schemes for working with the logistics sector. These will help deliver new and expanded urban freight solutions within and around both city centres.