The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) Initiative has launched its second Call for Proposals. The call is aimed at providing urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. The call will open on 16 December and will close on 14 April 2017.
See here for all the documents and information. Applicants can also find the link to access the Electronic Exchange Platform (EEP) to fill in and submit the online Application Form.
Once logged-in in the EEP, applicants will be able to find the instructions on how to fill it in, in all EU languages. Best of luck in your application process!
What is Urban Innovative Actions?
Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.
Approximately 359 million people – 72% of the total EU population – live in cities, towns and suburbs. Urban areas face multiple and interconnected challenges related to employment, migration, demography, water and soil pollution… But, they are also engines of new ideas and solutions, dynamic places where changes happen on a larger scale and at a fast pace.
To answer the increasingly complex challenges they face, urban authorities need to go beyond traditional policies and services - they need to be bold and innovative.
Although research on urban issues is well developed, potential solutions are not always put into practice because urban authorities are reluctant to use their money to test new, unproven and hence risky ideas.
Urban Innovative Actions offers urban authorities with the possibility to take a risk and experiment the most innovative and creative solutions.
The main objective of UIA is to provide urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test innovative solutions to the main urban challenges, and see how these work in practice and respond to the complexity of real life.
Whats the offer of support?
- Are you an urban authority of more than 50 000 inhabitants, or a grouping of urban authorities with a total population of a least 50 000 inhabitants, located in one of the 28 EU Member States?
- Do you have a bold idea that has never been implemented before to tackle a challenge you are facing, but need support to implement it?
- Do you think that your idea can generate a real positive change for your citizens?
Then, the UIA Initiative can help you!
The beneficiaries of the UIA Initiative are urban authorities. However, given the complexity of the urban challenges, they can’t act alone. In order to design and implement effective and innovative solutions, urban authorities need to involve all the key Stakeholders that can bring expertise and knowledge on the specific policy issue to be addressed. These include agencies, organisations, private sector, research institutions, NGOs… Bold projects need them all.
See the original text on the UIA website here.