Is there a maximum number of applicants?
As stated in the Call Text (p.32), small to medium sized consortia (involving funding requests to 3-5 Funding Agencies on average per proposal), are expected. However, there is no upper limit and consortia may involve as many partners as necessary for a convincing proposal, ensuring that all participants have a justified role.
Does a consortium need to be transnational?
The whole idea of DUT is to host transnational projects, which is clearly outlined in the Call Text (p.32). Therefore, yes, your consortium has to be transnational.
Is a mixed consortium, i.e. at least 1 of each type of partner, expected or not necessary? Is there a minimum number of countries involved?
Regarding transnational rules (Call Text, p.32), there is a minimum of three participating countries required. Mixed consortia with different types of partners are not necessary. There may, however, be stricter rules at national level - please check Annex A for details.
Do the cooperation partners satisfy the rule of having a minimum of three member states?
As stated in the Call Text (p.31), they do not count toward the transnational eligibility rule 1.
Can we add additional cooperation partners during the full proposal stage? Or do we need to fix the consortium at the pre-proposal stage?
You may add cooperation partners (partners that do not directly receive funding) at any time.
What needs to be considered for collaborations between EU and non-EU countries but who have access to Horizon? E.g. an EU research institute collaborating with a non-EU city as case implementation.
Consortia must include at least three independent legal entities applying for funding from three different countries that have Funding Agencies participating in the call. In addition, at least two eligible applicants within a consortium must be from different EU member states or associated countries eligible for EC co-funding in this Call. If the non-EU country you are speaking of is an associated country with a Funding Agency funding your project partner, they would count towards both limits.
I have noticed that Poland, for example, was not a project leader/main applicant last year. Is this year`s call meant for widening countries to lead a project or to rather take part as a partner?
It is definitely possible for widening countries to be project leaders.
Does the requirement for a local governance office/city office in the consortium apply to each international partner or the consortium as a whole?
According to transnational eligibility rule 4, there needs to be one city/entity providing public services in the consortium (p.32 of the Call Text). However, each participating country also has national rules that apply (for example, they may require a city from their country). Therefore, it is always important to check the rules of the responsible agencies in Annex A of the Call Text.
Is it a “must” that the city is part of the consortium or is an LOI describing the kind of cooperation on local level enough?
According to the Call Text (Chapter 3.4), each consortium must include at least one urban government authority partner, either as a Main Applicant, Co-applicant or Cooperation Partner, depending on the national/regional eligibility criteria. Please check Annex A of the Call Text to be sure that city/urban authorities can be funded by your national/regional Funding Agency.
A Letter of Interest is mandatory only for Cooperation Partners (partners that participate with their own funds).
Can cities receive funding?
At transnational level, yes, but at national level not necessarily. Please check the rules of your national/regional Funding Agency (Annex A of the Call Text).
Is there an overview per pathway regarding which countries can or cannot be involved in a topic?
Annex A of the Call Text (available on the website) includes a table that indicates which Funding Agency supports projects under which pathways and topics.
Additionally, this information can be found directly on the website here.
Each topic lists a number of "expected outputs". Should proposals/projects address all the bullet points listed here or just a selection?
The list of expected outputs is not a mandatory tick-the-box list, so not all aspects need to be covered. However, it will be beneficial in the evaluation if most/a high number of them are considered.
Is the list of national Funding Agencies final or will more agencies be added?
The list for the 2023 Call is final, however, more Agencies may join in next year's call.
Is ANR the only French Funding Agency involved?
No, ADEME is another French Funding Agency. However, please consider that not every Funding Agency supports all pathways. Please check Annex A of the Call Text.
Which costs are eligible?
Please regard the national/regional information and eligibility criteria in Annex A of the Call Text and consult your national/regional Funding Agency for further details.