ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC)

The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) invites researchers, urban government authorities, – including cities and municipalities, – businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to build transnational consortia to create innovation and research projects that enable and support capacity building for urban transformations. You can find the call text under "Documents" on this page.


About the call

In the ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) Call, 16 national research and innovation funding agencies, from 14 European countries (namely members of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe), with the European Commission, have earmarked a global budget of about 18.4 M€, in order to support transnational R&I projects.

This call welcomes a broad range of research and innovation projects that enable capacity building for urban transformations. Projects should clearly build upon previous experiences of building capacity in practice and build upon existing knowledge of transformation capacities towards urban sustainability, resilience and liveability.

Projects should study transformation processes and transformative capacity building for increased knowledge and understanding of such processes making it possible to  develop this knowledge further. Projects are encouraged to use new technologies and tools for implementation of research and innovation and to ensure possibilities for scaling up.

The call opened in January 2021 and closed for submissions in September 2021. Projects started in March 2022 and are expected to end in 2025


In December 2021, 16 projects were announced and recommended for funding in this call. View the projects here. 

Call topics

In this call, urban transformation capacities are related to three main topics, which address a wide variety of urban challenges. Because of the intricacy of issues, the three call topics overlap and there are also crosscutting concerns (use of data, tools for decision-makers, etc.). Each challenge considers these transverse issues from a specific perspective.

Topic 1: Urban circular economies
This implies functional urban design in support of circular systems, the use of nature-based solutions – that is actions for societal challenges that are inspired by processes and functioning of nature – and for supporting circularity in resource use and waste management strategies, business models and smart city developments for the common good.

Topic 2: Community-based developments and urban innovation ecosystems
This implies innovative neighbourhoods which enable social innovation and local entrepreneurs, inhabitant engagement, co-creation and co-design to support liveable, just, inclusive and attractive neighbourhoods.

Topic 3: Robust and resilient urban infrastructure and built environment
This implies an urban infrastructure and a built environment that can resist natural, environmental, social, economic and technological threats on smaller and larger scales based on efficient use of resources. It also implies fair access to urban infrastructure and the built environment.


Call opening: 29 January 2021, 13.00 CET
International information webinar: 18 February 2021, 13.00-14.30 CET
International online matchmaking event: 9 March 2021, 10.00-12.00 CET
Matchmaking platform B2Match opens Friday 26 Feb and closes for registration 15 April
Pre-proposal submission deadline: 15 April 2021 (14:00 CEST)
Evaluation of pre-proposals: April – May 2021
Submission open for full proposals: June 2021
Full proposals submission deadline: 23 September 2021 (14:00 CEST)
Evaluation of full proposals: September – October 2021
Funding decisions announced:
December 2021 – March 2022
Kick-off event: April 2022
>> Mid-term event & Agora dialogue, Netherlands (with BTC call’s kick-off event): 8–10 November 2023
>> Urban lunch talk27 May 2024
Final event: February 2025
Projects end:


>> Call text
>> ENUTC presentation
>> ENUTC Information flyer
>> Article on the kick-off event, the projects catalogue
>> Article on the mid-term event in The Netherlands

Call secretariat

If you have questions on the general process and proposal submission, please contact the Call secretariat:

Elena Simion
UEFISCDI – Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
Email:  /
.: +40 21 307 19 93 

Vincent van Doninck and Aniek van den Eersten
NWO – Dutch Research Council
Tel.: +31 70 349 42 66 or +31 70 349 43 97

Participating countries and funding agencies:

Country Funding agency
Austria Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Johannes Bockstefl
Tel.: +43 (0)5 7755-5042

Paul Kuttner
Tel.: +43 (0)5 7755-5069

Belgium FWO – The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Toon Monbaliu
Tel.:+32 (0)2 550 15 70


Beata Bibrowska
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 600 50 22

Bulgaria Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)

Mrs. Milena Aleksandrova
Tel.: +359 884 171 363

Estonia Estonian Research Council (ETAg)

Priit Kilgas
Tel.: +372 7300 322

France Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Lara Abdel Halim Tel.: +33 (0)1 78 09 80 06

Pascal Bain
Tel.: +33 (0)1 78 09 80 43

Latvia State Education Development Agency (VIAA)

Uldis Berkis
Tel.: +371-29472349

Lithuania Research Council of Lithuania (RCL)

Asta Aleksandraviciene 
Tel. +370 676 18297

The Netherlands Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (NWO)

Vincent Van Doninck
Tel.: +31 70 349 42 66

Aniek van den Eersten
Tel.: +31 70 349 43 97

Taskforce for Applied Research SIA (Regieorgaan SIA)

Marcus van Leeuwen
Tel.: +31 6 12 25 32 27

Norway Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Eivind Hoff-Elimari
Tel.: +47 22 03 70 00

Poland National Science Centre (NCN)

Dr Katarzyna Jarecka – Stępień

Alicja Dyląg

Portugal (Azores) Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT)

Gisela Nascimento
Tel. : +351 296308948

Romania Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Elena Simion
Tel.: +4021 307 19 93

Spain Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)

Juan Climent and María Gavira

Sweden Formas – Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och samhällsbyggande (FORMAS)

Kristina Laurell

The Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA)

Emina Pasic
Tel.: +46 (0)16 544 21 89

Patrik Rydén (Viable Cities)
Tel.: +46 (0)733 99 86 19




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