September 1st, 2023 – The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and Société et Culture (FRQSC) invite the scientific community to participate in the 2023 Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) call for proposals, an international research and innovation programme that addresses key challenges related to urban change and sustainability. This call was officially launched today, September 1, with the involvement of funding agencies from over 25 countries.

The objective of the DUT call 2023 is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning.

The challenges are grouped into three themes called “Transition Pathways”:

  • Positive energy districts
  • 15-minute city
  • Circular urban economies

For this call, international research consortia must include at least:

  • Three countries financially participating;
  • Two of these countries must be from the EU member states or eligible EU associated countries.

Matchmaking Platform 
Please visit and register for matchmaking events to meet researchers from Québec and other countries who are interested in participating in the Call.

FRQ Webinar 
The FRQ will hold a webinar in French on September 19, 1:30 pm to 3 pm, to explain some details of the call and to answer questions from researchers. People interested can register following this link.

General Information:

  • Official call launch: September 1, 2023
  • DUT Info Session #1: September 12, 2023
  • Deadline (pre-proposal): November 21, 2023
  • Deadline (full proposals): April 30, 2024
  • Funding amount for Québec Teams: up to $300 000 CAD (excluding indirect costs of research) per project for a 3-year period
  • Announcement of results: September 2024
  • Québec teams must include one principal investigator and at least one co-investigator affiliated with a recognized Québec university:

  One researcher must be from a research field covered by the FRQNT.
  One researcher must be from a research field covered by the FRQSC.

For more details, please visit FRQ’s webpage and the DUT Call webpage.


Laurent Corbeil
Program Officer
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
Phone: 514 873-2114, ext. 4290