ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Call (ENSUF)

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 R&I projects.

The ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures call initiates transnational joint calls for RDI proposals, developing our knowledge of the urban condition and sustainable development through creation and testing of new methods, tools, and technologies required to overcome current economic, social, and environmental challenges. ENSUF is supported by the European Commission and funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund scheme. The call was opened on 16 December 2015 and in December 2016 15 projects were approved and started at the beginning of 2017.  ENSUF Final Event took place on 29 September 2020- read more here.


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 ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) has been established by the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe in order to initiate a transnational joint call for RDI proposals.

Current sector-specific initiatives and priorities are mostly elaborated in isolation from each other. Moreover, the overall challenge today is to move to action through dialogue: from a sector oriented technocratic approach to one that recognises more diverse viewpoints and rationalities. The call topics will enable participants to develop projects that aim for substantial impact in shaping smart urban futures.

Call topics

  • Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage
  • New dynamics of public services
  • Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities


Cities of Making
Smart Pedestrian Net
Smart UrbI
Urban Education Live


Project Posters (2017)

You can find project posters here 

Special edition results newsletter (2020)

You can read a special edition newsletter to celebrate the 15 finalised projects in ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF), here.

20 results interviews with projects

Read the interviews with finalised projects.

Policy recommendations (2020)

The majority of projects have put forward different kinds of policy recommendations, we have gathered the majority of them here. 
A synthesis report is being developed in ENSUF 2020- 2021.

Projects Results Catalogue

You can here access the projects results catalogue in ENSUF, produced in 2020.

Synhtesis report (2021)

Read the ENSUF synthesis here

ENSUF call events and meetings

Kick-off event (2017)
Midterm event (2019)
Final event (2020)
Synthesis webinar (2021)


Call information & documents for applicants

The ENSUF Call info flyer provides more elaborate and useful information on the call:
PDF ENSUF Info Flyer
Download the complete ENSUF Call Text: PDF ENSUF Call Text
National contact points of participating FAs

Two-stage procedure

For this call a two-stage procedure was adopted. In the first stage, consortia were invited to submit pre-proposals. After the submission of the pre-proposals, 43 successful consortia are now invited to elaborate their ideas to full proposals.



A total amount of public funding of maximum 23.8 M€ will be provided by national and regional funding agencies from 18 European countries, including support from Horizon 2020.

Funding Agencies

National contact points of participating FAs

Austria (FFG)
Belgium (FWO, Innoviris, FNRS)
Cyprus (RPF)
Denmark (IFD)
France (ANR)
Finland (TEKES, AKA)
Italy (MIUR)
Latvia (VIAA)
Lithuania (LMT)
The Netherlands (NWO)
Norway (RCN)
Poland (NCN)
Portugal (FCT)
Romania (UEFISCDI)
Slovenia (ARRS)
Sweden (Formas, Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova)
Turkey (TÜBITAK)
United Kingdom (AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC)

Call secretariat

If you have questions please contact the JPI Urban Europe Call Secretariat:

Johannes Bockstefl, FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency
+43 5 77 55 5042

Vincent Van Doninck,  Dutch Research Council (NWO)
+31 70 349 42 66 




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