The French National Research Agency launches, in partnership with 18 European countries, a joint call for funding multilateral research projects on sustainable urban development.
The ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) has been established by the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe in order to initiate a transnational joint call for RDI proposals.
Europe is today fully immersed in the urban age, with 80 per cent of its citizens living in cities and urban areas. European cities and urban areas are the main drivers of economic development and growth, knowledge and creative generation/production, innovation and benefactors for the liveability. However, cities are not yet sustainable in a broad and substantial sense and also contribute to deprivation, poor health and environmental damage. Therefore there is an identified need for integrative procedures in how to conceive new knowledge and implement new solutions to tackle transition pathways.
The call topics will enable participants to develop projects that aim for substantial impact in shaping smart urban futures.
The specific objective of this call is to promote RDI projects addressing new solutions in the urban field, and demonstrating the feasibility to tackle the implementation gap in urban sustainable development. The implementation gap is here understood as the disconnection between the current state of knowledge in models and visions of sustainable development and the implementation of this knowledge into policy, planning, management and design of European cities. This gap shall be tackled by supporting intermediaries such as transdisciplinary and integrated urban research and innovation projects. To address this and support urban sustainable transitions, the call encourages a more holistic and systemic approach to balance currently predominant sectorial approaches to achieve sustainable urban development and to investigate ways of understanding and managing this complexity.
The projects submitted in this call should aim to cover new and innovative approaches, promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and encourage the involvement of civil society, thus bridging gaps between research disciplines, citizens and decision makers, cities and consumers.
Three call topics are defined:
Submission and evaluation of projects will be carried out in two stages and integrated with other countries. Each country shall fund its national teams according to its own procedures.
Partner search forms facilitate the composition of consortia. The forms are used to look for a project partner or a project to join. Click here for the ENSUF partner search page.
The ERA-NET Smart Urban Futures LinkedIn group is an effective and dynamic channel to find partners for submitting proposals.
The appelsprojetsrecherche.fr portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.