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Sectors: Innovation, New technologies, Town planning

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations, Corporations, Non-profit organisations, SMEs, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Eligible countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden


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Responsible: European Commission


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JPI Urban Europe-Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities-2021
Funds for: generating transnational research and innovation projects to support capacity building for urban transformation.

Priorities and funded actions:

* to generate transnational research and innovation projects to support capacity building for urban transformation.

* Topic 1:  Urban circular economies
* Priority 1: Be based on the physical, social and economic structures of how cities work.
* Priority 2: Relate to physical stocks and productive assets, and how these are connected to global economic systems, but with clear integration of social and environmental issues as needed components of today’s economy and sources of welfare.
* Priority 3: Reflect the requirements of inhabitants, decision-makers and other stakeholders together with soft/informal and hard/formal governance, legal and regulatory related aspects and approaches.

* Topic 2: Community-based developments and urban innovation ecosystems
* Priority 1: Include local urban innovation ecosystems which support liveable urban areas, increase quality of life and benefit public health.
* Priority 2: Integrate aspects of social and cultural heritage and infrastructure, and community-led development.
* Priority 3: Test business models including, but not limited to cooperatives, bottom-up enterprises, sharing businesses and economies, through disruptive innovation, civil society and social innovation approaches.
* Priority 4: Entail the challenge of how local urban innovation ecosystems are made resilient and sound in the face of global and ‘intrinsic’ emergencies and crises, volatile financial, natural and political events as well as environmental conditions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, asylum crisis and climate change. 

* Topic 3: Robust and resilient urban infrastructure and built environment
* Priority 1: Build capacities to develop and scale up prototypes and models in sociotechnical systems that connect a broad range of urban infrastructure and the built environment in a sustainable way.
* Priority 2: Build capacity to ensure robust and resilient infrastructure systems and geosystems which offer equal accessibility and services for various local contexts and socioeconomic groups.
* Priority 3: Explore innovative and community-based approaches for financing the investment of new and maintenance of existing aging infrastructure.
* Priority 4:  Ensure, in new sustainable and effective ways, that the built environment and urban infrastructure – both physical and non-physical – become increasingly resilient towards natural, environmental, political, cultural, social, economic and technological threats and challenges.
* Priority 5: Promote innovation along the entire value chain.

Among financed actions
– Promote capacity building by co-creation, testing concepts and solutions and validating integrated transitions pathways for urban transformations and sustainable urban economies.
– Enhance capacity building for urban planning approaches and models that integrate demands from different sectors and build upon participatory approaches. In order to enhance and scale up capacity building
– Contribute to the transformation of cities to innovation hubs and develop and scale up urban living labs and similar experimental approaches and capacity building to ensure knowledge for continuity of such approaches.
– Capacity building for integration of different models into transition pathways and follow-up implications for sustainable urban development.

Additional informations

* This call is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: 36 months.


– Research organisations
– Urban government authorities
– Companies and commercial organisations, especially public utility companies
– Consumers 
– Civil society