Call for Expressions of Interest
SOLUTIONSplus Replication Call for Proposals
Opening of the call: December 16th, 2022
Closing of the call: January 31, 2023 - 11:59 pm (CET)
SOLUTIONSplus is an EU-funded flagship project, bringing together 48 international partners that was launched in January 2020 and has a duration of 4 years. The project aims to boost sustainable electrification of transport in large urban areas in developing countries and emerging economies.The project is coordinated by the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, a UN-Habitat Action Platform and this call for replication cases is co-facilitated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
SOLUTIONSplus brings together highly committed cities, industry, research, implementing organizations and finance partners and establishes a global platform for shared, public and commercial e-mobility solutions to kick start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. The project encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, complemented by a comprehensive toolbox, capacity development and replication activities. Demonstration actions have been launched in Hanoi (Vietnam), Pasig (Philippines), Lalitpur/Kathmandu (Nepal), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Quito (Ecuador), Montevideo (Uruguay), Madrid (Spain), Nanjing (China) and Hamburg (Germany). More information about the SOLUTIONplus demonstration projects is available on the project website: https://www.solutionsplus.eu/living-labs
The SOLUTIONSplus Replication Call for Proposals is to build on the experience gained in the demonstration actions and to replicate lessons learned, business models developed, technology solutions tested, operational schemes implemented in replication projects across selected countries. The first call will focus on proposals for replication projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Focus countries for this call are Armenia, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador. However, this does not preclude applications from other countries.
Therefore, the SOLUTIONSplus project will make available up to EUR 50,000 for selected private entities (including start-ups), NGOs, research institutions active in electric mobility and mobility operators to explore the feasibility, design, implement and evaluate innovative solutions, based on current SOLUTIONSplus demonstration actions, around the operation, management & maintenance of locally assembled and manufactured electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment. In this context, the areas that will be prioritized under this call will be: 1) the use of Light Electric Vehicles (LEV) in urban areas to improve logistics and passenger connectivity, 2) charging infrastructure for different types of electric vehicles. 3) feasibility assessments exploring the replication of technologies or business models tested in the demonstration actions. For the Replication Call, each organization can present up to two project proposals, however, only one proposal could be funded.
Eligibility of replication funds
Private entities (including start-ups), mobility operators, NGOs, research institutions. Entities are welcome to form consortiums to apply for the call. However, if selected, the contract will be signed with the lead partner. The SOLUTIONSplus Replication Call for Proposals will fund the design, implementation, and evaluation of electric mobility demonstration projects in the selected countries. The funds provided through the SOLUTIONSplus Replication Call can be used to:
· Procure equipment for the implementation and evaluation of the electric mobility demonstration projects. Demonstration projects that include locally assembled or manufactured e-mobility equipment / solutions will be prioritized.
· Cover staff time for the design, implementation and evaluation of the electric mobility demonstration projects
· Cover the cost of communication and dissemination materials about the electric mobility demonstration projects
· Carry out feasibility assessments
All funds received will need to be complemented by co-finance committed by the company in the form of cash and in-kind contributions (including staff time and other contributions such as office space, materials etc.).
The selected projects will have up to 9 months for the design, implementation and evaluation of the demonstration. The corresponding timeline should be included in the application form.
Project proposal requirements
The project proposal should provide the information required in the following template:
For the project proposal plan, the implementation date cannot be established before April 1, 2023. If the project is selected, the total amount of the budget allocated by SOLUTIONplus through this call, must be used during the next six months after the disbursement.