Europe-China joint call: Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas

The pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), inviting interdisciplinary Sino-European consortia opened on January 31st, 2018.

Upcoming key dates
Thursday 12 April 2018 Registration deadline
Registration: Consortium Overview Sheet Details in the call text about registration and the use of eCall.
Wednesday 20 June 2018 Submission deadline full proposals

In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, NSFC and JPI Urban Europe have agreed to a long-term cooperation under the strategic theme Sustainable Urbanisation in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change. The pilot call is a joint initiative of nine European funding agencies participating in JPI Urban Europe and NSFC in China.

In the call the following three thematic themes will be addressed: a) Reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities, paying special attention to the quality of air, water and soil, and municipal and other waste management; b) Access to safe, affordable, and sustainable housing, transportation and basic services; and c) Integrated policies towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters.

The call invites researchers from Chinese and European universities, research institutes, research and technology organisations (including municipal research institutes), cities and city planning departments, as well as European companies.

The total funding available in this programme is approximately M€ 9.35 on the European side, across the participating European funding agencies. NSFC will fund the Chinese part of all projects.

Further links
Information about the call on NSFC’s web page (in Chinese)

The call on WeChat (in Chinese)

Key dates

Wednesday 31 January 2018
Launch of joint call

Thursday 12 April 2018
Registration deadline
NB: Registration by using Consortium Overview Sheet
Details in the call text about registration and the use of eCall.

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Submission deadline full proposals

Info webinars

The call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas
opened on January 31st and following up on that JPI Urban Europe and NSFC will arrange two info webinars where possible applicants can take part and get information.

The call will be presented by representatives from the call secretariat and the participating found agencies informing about the call, how to apply and the application system eCall. At the end there will be an Q&A.


March 6, 09:00-10:00 CET

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Presentations from the webinar on February 13
Powerpoint webinar February 13


How to use BlueJeans

For the webinars we use BlueJeans, an easy to install and use web application for webinars. Download the application for your browser and join the meeting, start by clicking on the link to the webinar.

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Matchmaking platform

This is how the online matchmaking works 

1. Register and create a profile by click on “Register now” in the upper right corner:
NB: make sure to write your e-mail and/or telephone number in the description

2. Find a possible partner to discuss the possibilities to form a consortium that can submit a proposal.

Participants can choose a time-slot when accepting a meeting and know immediately when it will take place.

NB: Registration until April 12, 2018

Go to the matchmaking platform

The call topics

1. Climate change and new urban economies

2. Transformation of energy systems and strengthen urban circular economies

3. Urban public administration and services innovation

4. Urban data management

Powerpoint presentation

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Registration and submission of a full proposal must be done by means of the FFG electronic
submission system eCall.

The registration and full proposal may only be submitted if all partners have previously completed and submitted their partner proposals in eCall.

> Go to eCall

> eCall online help document

Call secretariat

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

LI Wencong

Tel. +86 10 6232 7014

Berry Bonenkamp

Tel. +31 70 34 94 416

Carolien Maas-van der Geest

Telephone: +31 70 34 40 511

Funding agencies

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Austria
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
Ministry of Education and Science (IZM), Latvia
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA), Sweden
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom


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