Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a call jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. The cooperation was established in order to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge.

Aim of the call

The interactions between food, water and energy are of paramount interest to policy, science and the society at large, today and even more so in the upcoming decades. Challenges connected with population increase and food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources demand solutions.

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a joint call established in order to bring together actors to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. The ultimate goal is to increase the access and the quality of life. 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.

Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe have partnered to ensure participants across physical, natural, social sciences and arts and humanities as well as policy and decision makers and stakeholders around the world. The call topics will enable the participants to develop projects that aim to find solutions to the Food-Water-Energy nexus for a sustainable urbanisation. The goal is to rapidly evolve the knowledge base, advance indicators and assessment tools that are needed for a comprehensive understanding of the FWE nexus.

Call topics

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Tradeoffs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus


The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus projects will start during the first half of 2018. A total of 88 proposals were successfully submitted in the first evaluation phase and from these a total of 40 proposals were invited for the full proposal stage. In November 2017 these proposals were assessed by an expert panel and 15 projects were selected for funding.

CITYFOOD – Smart integrated multitrophic city food production systems – a water and energy saving approach for global urbanization

Creating Interfaces – Building capacity for integrated governance at the food-water-energy-nexus in cities on the water

CRUNCH – Climate Resilient Urban Nexus CHoices: operationalising the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

ENLARGE – ENabling LARGE-scale integration of technology hubs to enhance community resiliency via DDS in various urban FWE nexuses

FEW-meter – The FEW-meter – an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture towards circular urban metabolism

FUSE – Food-water-energy for Urban Sustainable Environments

GLOCULL – Globally and LOCally-sustainable food-water-energy innovation in Urban Living Labs

IFWEN – Understanding Innovative Initiatives for Governing Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Cities

IN-SOURCE – INtegrated analysis and modelling for the management of sustainable urban FWE ReSOURCEs

METABOLIC – Intelligent Urban Metabolic Systems for Green Cities of Tomorrow: an FWE Nexus-based Approach

M-NEX – The Moveable NEXUS: Design-led urban food, water and energy management innovation in new boundary conditions of change

SUNEX – Formulating sustainable urban FWE strategy by optimizing the synergies between food, water and energy systems

Urbanising in Place – Building the food water energy nexus from below

Vertical Green 2.0 – Vertical greening for liveable cities – innovation to facilitate the breakthrough of an old concept

WASTE FEW ULL – Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Lab – Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

>> Complete list of projects including participating partners

SUGI Connect

You can visit SUGI Connect to easily get an overview and reach out to projects in this call. SUGI Connect has two pages: Project Nodes and National Nodes (scroll the list for your country of interest).


SUGI Project Results Catalogue 2022 (PDF)

SUGI Projects Catalogue 2018 (PDF)

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus explained (PDF)

SUGI/FWE Nexus Info flyer (PDF)

Report from the SUGI Midterm Valorisation Event (2020), and explore what SUGI projects have been awarded “Take it Further Grants”

Download the SUGI/FWE Nexus call text here

For SUGI projects only: Go to the SUGI download section

SUGI Special Edition Newsletter


Call opening 9 December 2016
Pre-proposal deadline 15 March 2017
Invitations to submit full proposal May 2017
Full proposal deadline: 20 September 2017
Funding decisions announced December 2017
Start of projects December 2017-March 2018
Projects end January 2021
Final event March 2022

Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe

The Belmont Forum is a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. The Belmont Forum pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific endeavors.

Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was created in 2010 with the ambition to develop a European research and innovation hub on urban matters and create European solutions by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive.

Call secretariat

If you have questions please contact the Call Secretariat:

Belmont Forum

Nicole Arbour, Belmont Fourm

Judit Ungvári, Future Earth (US)
Telephone: +1 (917) 275 78 62

JPI Urban Europe

Johannes Bockstefl, FFG (AT)
Telephone: +43 5 77 55 50 42

Daniela Melandri, Innovate UK UKRI (UK)

James Taplin, Innovate UK UKRI (UK)

Funding agencies

SUGI FWE call Contact points participating FAs

5 Belmont Forum Agencies


22 EU supported Funding Agencies

MINCYT (AR) NWO (NL) Innovative UK (UK)
RPF (CY) Formas (SE) ARRS (SI)




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