14 November Update: The deadline is now extended until 17 November at 12:00 noon CET. Thank you for your patience as the technical team works through technical issues on the submission platform. The system will come back online on Monday November 14 at 20:00 CET. To support applicants, we have extended the application deadline until Thursday November 17 at 12:00 CET.

On 5 September, NetZeroCities opened a Call to join its Pilot Cities Programme, a groundbreaking programme that tests new approaches to reaching climate neutrality goals across cities in Europe. As part of the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities (“EU Cities Mission”), the Pilot Cities Programme is providing €32 million in grants and hands-on support to cities.

The Call was initially set to close on 4 November. However due to the massive interest from cities and the complexity of submitting an application, the decision has been made to extend the deadline to 15 November at 12:00 noon CET. This will enable cities to properly finalise their applications, and to successfully submit their proposals on the online submission tool.

About the Pilot Cities Programme

The Pilot Cities Programme will help cities as they test out locally tailored actions towards a climate transition. Selected cities will be provided with grants funded under Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s 2014-2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (R&I). Cities will receive such support in the amounts of € 0.5 million, € 1 million, or € 1.5 million in order to deploy and scale up R&I and systemic solutions. The Call is inviting applications from all cities that are committing to the objectives of the EU Cities Mission and are located in EU Member States and Associated Countries.

The NetZeroCities Consortium and dedicated online Platform will also provide expertise and support services to the selected Pilot Cities and help them as they take an inclusive, systems-wide approach to climate neutrality. Cities’ piloting activities will be diverse; consisting of social, cultural, technological, nature-based, regulatory, and financial innovations, as well as new approaches to business and governance.

More information is available in the Call for Pilot Cities webpage.