URBACT III programme



The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy invites applications for its call for proposals under the URBACT III programme.

This is an opportunity to be part of a local authority consortium.

This aims to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.

  • The specific objectives of the call are to improve the capacities of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way;
  • to improve the design and implementation of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities;
  • to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge and share know-how on sustainable urban development.

Proposals must address one of the following thematic objectives:

  • strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
  • enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT;
  • enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs;
  • supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors;
  • promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management;
  • protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency;
  • promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures;
  • promoting employment and supporting labour mobility;
  • promoting social inclusion and combating poverty;
  • investing in education, skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure.

Proposals must address all the three following challenges:

  • fostering the integrated approach;
  • involving local stakeholders;
  • measuring impact.

Proposals must also address at least one of the following optional challenges:

  • building the project pipeline;
  • organising decision-making for delivery;
  • moving from strategy to operational action-plan;
  • developing public-private partnerships;
  • setting up smart public procurement;
  • enhancing funding of urban development policies through financial innovation.

Projects are divided into two phases: phase 1, a six-month phase dedicated to network development, and phase 2, a 24-month phase dedicated to the implementation of network activities.

Cities, municipalities, towns, infra-municipal tiers of government, metropolitan authorities and organised agglomerations from the EU member states, Norway or Switzerland may apply.

Consortia must include a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine cities from at least three member or partner states. They must include a minimum of four cities from less developed regions where the total number of partner cities is eight or nine, and a minimum of three cities from less developed regions where the total number of partner cities is seven partners.

Funding ranges from €600,000 and €750,000 per project. The budget for phase 1 must not exceed €150,000. The co-financing rate is calculated at network level on the basis of the different co-financing rates for each partner.


Closing date June 22nd 2016

UK expertise to access £200bn large scale urban projects market



The UK’s experience in managing large-scale urban projects and its design, data and low-carbon standards make it well positioned to take advantage of the £200-billion global cities market, a report from the Future Cities Catapult has said.

Future Cities Catapult

However, How can the UK Innovate for the World’s Cities? adds that there is more work to be done to link businesses, research and public services in order for the country to take full advantage.

The report says it is intended to provoke conversation and connect people. An announcement from the catapult says that the UK’s activities related to future cities are “already worth more than £16bn”. The report aims to identify areas of strength that the country should build on.

These include the ability to deliver large-scale projects such as the Olympics, urban regeneration and the use of brownfield sites, digital creativity and standards that are respected around the world. It also says the country has expertise in spatial data analysis and multidisciplinary projects.

Urban Europe: funding call


 Urban Europe invites proposals for its joint transnational call for proposals, addressing research and experimental development for creating attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas.

This enables researchers, practitioners, innovators and other stakeholders dedicated to the development of European urban areas to suggest international research and innovation projects. Proposals may either address governance of urban complexity or urban vulnerability, adaptability and resilience.

Consortia may include partners from universities, research organisations, institutes, city councils, SMEs, industry and stakeholder associations, and must include partners from at least three of the following countries: Austria; Belgium; Cyprus; Denmark; Italy; the Netherlands; Norway; Sweden; Turkey; the United Kingdom. Partners from third countries may participate using their own funding.

The budget for this call is €15 million. There is no minimum or maximum funding amount per project, although approximately 10 projects, with budgets in the range of €1 million to €2m, are typically expected. Projects may last for up to three years, and must commence between May and September 2014.

The ESRC has made available €2 million (£1.7million) to fund British aspects of proposals.

  • pre-proposal – 18 September 2013
  • shortlist published – November 2014
  • full proposal – 21 January 2014
  • announcement of results to main applicants – April 2014
  • start of projects – May-September 2014

Further information

Further details:

ESRC http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/26565/urban-europes-second-pilot-joint-call18-september.aspx

And http://www.jpi-urbaneurope.eu/About/Vision_Mission