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ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures

Call to open 16th of December 2015

In the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Call cities and

civil society in Europe can address urgent and long-term
challenges by co-creating ideas and projects.

Cities as challenges and possibilities The ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban

Europe is today fully immersed in the Futures (ENSUF) has been established by
urban age, with 80 per cent of its citizens the Joint Programming Initiative Urban
living in cities and urban areas. Europe- Europe in order to initiate a transnational
an cities and urban areas are the main joint call for RDI proposals.
drivers of economic development and
growth, knowledge and creative genera- Current sector-specific initiatives and
tion/production, innovation and bene- priorities are mostly elaborated in iso-
factors for the liveability. lation from each other. Moreover, the
overall challenge today is to move to
However, cities are not yet sustainable action through dialogue: from a sector
in a broad and substantial sense and also oriented technocratic approach to one
contribute to deprivation, poor health that recognises more diverse viewpoints
and environmental damage. Therefore and rationalities.
there is an identified need for integrati-
ve procedures in how to conceive new The call topics will enable participants to
knowledge and implement new solutions develop projects that aim for substantial
to tackle transition pathways. impact in shaping smart urban futures.
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Call topics:
What kind of projects are we looking for?

The projects submitted in this call spatial structures, decision processes and
should aim to cover new and innovative stakeholder cooperation and strengthen
approaches, promote interdisciplinary favourable practices towards better
research and collaboration, and encoura- livelihoods and quality of life.
ge the involvement of civil society, thus
bridging gaps between research discipli- New dynamics of public services
nes, citizens and decision makers, cities In recent decades many urban areas in
and consumers. Europe have seen a significant change in
the structure and organisation of public
Funding service provision. Recent game-changing
A total amount of public funding of circumstances and dynamics stemming
maximum 23.8 M will be provided by from economic, social and environmental
national and regional funding agencies trends intensify the necessity to rethink
from 18 European countries, including traditional models. This topic aims to
support from Horizon 2020. develop new and innovative approaches
in the realm of public services to increa-
Three call topics have been identified: se the capacity of urban areas to answer
local challenges.
Concepts and strategies for smart urban
transformation, growth and shrinkage Inclusive, vibrant and accessible
While patterns of transformation growth urban communities
and shrinkage pose challenges to cities This topic examines the everyday needs
across Europe they also offer opportuni- and challenges facing different social
ties. The projects should create a better and cultural groups in the city, and how
understanding of the interplay between individual and community practices,
cities and their surrounding rural areas in urban governance, businesses, infra-
terms of land-use, transport, environme- structures and urban regeneration can
nt, energy, identify how transformation, support sustainable urban development
growth and shrinkage dynamics can be and the peaceful integration of diverse
exploited as an opportunity to revise communities.
Why apply?
This joint call also offers access to JPI
Time schedule
Urban Europe and its network of rese- Pre-proposal deadline
archers, practitioners, stakeholders and mid-March 2016
experts in urban development. Projects
funded via this call will become part of Invitations for applicants to
the programme of the JPI Urban Europe. submit full proposal
June 2016
Programme activities include know-
ledge sharing, networking, programme
Full proposal deadline
seminars, dissemination of results and a September 2016
central programme website.
Funding decisions announced
Who can participate? December 2016
Each project proposal must be submitted
by a project consortium consisting of Start of projects
at least three eligible applicants from at December 2016March 2017
least three participating countries.
The following categories involved in
development of European urban areas evaluation focusing on innovativeness,
can join consortia: potential impact and composition of the
Researchers consortia. A selection of approximately
Practitioners 50 pre-proposals will be made. The suc-
Innovators cessful consortia will then be invited to
Other stakeholders elaborate their ideas to full proposals.
Areas (e.g.): science, social sciences and
humanities, SMEs or other businesses, Evaluation
NGOs, cities, social entrepreneurs etc. Eligible proposals, both pre-proposals
and full proposals, will be evaluated in an
Each of the applicants must have the open competition in which an indepen-
interest and competence to undertake dent international expert panel will rank
research, development or innovation proposals according to the calls evalu-
within the specified topics. The different ation criteria. The panel will consist of
national rules of funding apply. recognised experts in relevant fields, who
can assess the potential of the submitted
Partners from countries not officially smart urban futures projects. The panel
participating in the call are welcome in a will be appointed by the participating
consortium but they need to fund their funding organisations.
activities from other sources.
Updated information on this joint call and
all relevant documents (official and legal
For this call a two-stage procedure will documents) including national contact
be adopted. In the first stage, consortia persons will be published on
are invited to submit pre-proposals, the
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Secretariat contacts
If you have questions on the general call process and proposal
submission, please contact the JPI Urban Europe Call Secretariat:

Johannes Bockstefl Joanna Komperda

FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency NCN National Science Centre Poland
Telephone: +43 5 77 55-5042 Telephone: +48 12 34 19 138
E-mail: E-mail:

Participating funding Agencies

If you have questions on the national funding rules
contact your national contact person.

Austria FFG The Netherlands NWO

Belgium FWO, Innoviris, FNRS Norway RCN
Cyprus RPF Poland NCN
Denmark IFD Portugal FCT
France ANR Romania UEFISCDI
Finland TEKES, AKA Slovenia ARRS
Italy MIUR Sweden Formas, Swedish Energy Agency, VINNOVA
Latvia VIAA Turkey TBITAK
Lithuania LMT United Kingdom AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC

For national contact information please visit

ERA-NET Cofund JPI Urban Europe

Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF)

The ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures The aim of the Joint Programming Initia-
call initiates transnational joint calls for RDI tive Urban Europe is to create attractive,
proposals, developing our knowledge of the sustainable and economically viable urban
urban condition and sustainable develop- areas, in which European citizens, commu-
ment through creation and testing of new nities and their surroundings can thrive.
methods, tools, and technologies required JPI Urban Europe coordinates research
to overcome current economic, social, and and innovation for making better use of
environmental challenges. ENSUF is sup- Europes public funds.
ported by the European Commission and
funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET
Cofund scheme.

A JPI Urban Europe partnership with the

European Commission Horizon 2020