Urban Europe on the lookout for innovations and research projects on urban transformations

From January 29 until April 15, 2021, researchers, businesses, knowledge institutes, government agencies and municipalities are welcome to apply for the ERA-NET Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) call within the Urban Europe programme. The goal is to support transnational R&I projects that enable capacity building for urban transformations. Are you and your project partners developing a research and innovation project dedicated to urban transformations? Find out whether your project is eligible for the ENUTC call.

Which projects are eligible for ENUTC?

The ENUTC call applies to transnational R&I projects that focus on transformational processes and capacity building in order to increase the knowledge and understanding of these processes. The call focusses on projects within one (or more) of the following topics:

Topic 1: Urban Circular economies

Themes: waste management, resource efficiency, smart city modelling, nature-based solutions.

Topic 2: Community-based developments and urban innovation ecosystems

Themes: innovative neighbourhoods which enable social innovation and local entrepreneurs, citizen engagement, co-creation and co-design to support livable, just, inclusive and attractive neighbourhoods.

Topic 3: Robust and resilient urban infrastructure and built environment

Themes: urban infrastructure and a built environment that can resist natural, environmental, social, economic and technological threats, fair access to urban infrastructure and the built environment.

Project duration

Projects must start between December 2021 and March 2022 and must be completed within 36 months.

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Funding and project costs

There are no rules regarding minimum or maximum project budgets. However, it is expected that 10-14 projects will receive funding of € 1-2 million based on the total budget of € 18.4 million. Therefore, the call may result in a substantial amount of funding provided that your project is eligible.

Who can apply?

  • Research organisations;
  • Urban government authorities;
  • Companies and commercial organisations;
  • Civil society.

All abovementioned organisations may apply on the condition that they are based in one of the following countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway, Poland, Portugal (Azores), Romania, Spain and Sweden.

Consortium criteria

A consortium must exist of at least three eligible applicants from at least three different countries. One or more consortium partners must be an urban government authority.

How to apply?

The application procedure consists of two phases. During the first phase – also known as the pre-proposal stage – applications must contain a project description including a budget plan and arguments as to why the project meets the national criteria. This document must be no more than 12 pages. Proposals will be evaluated by experts of the relevant topics. The deadline of the pre-proposal stage is April 15, 2021.

Consortia who have successfully completed the first phase will be admitted to the full proposal phase (second round), during which consortia must describe the project proposal in detail. The deadline for submitting full proposals is September 23, 2021. The results of the second evaluation will be announced between December 2021 and March 2022.

Additional information on ENUTC

There will be an international information webinar on February 18 and a matchmaking event on March 9.

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