Making Cities Work – Finding solutions to urban challenges through cooperation

The Making Cities Work call invites municipalities, businesses, researchers, civil society and other stakeholders to build transnational consortia to create challenge-driven innovation projects for European urban areas that have the potential to result in commercially successful services and products.

The call closed for proposals on 28 February 2018 (12:00 noon CET)

Introduction to the Making Cities Work Call

A substantial knowledge base has already been created within JPI Urban Europe research projects. Other national and international (incl. EU framework) research initiatives are also generating knowledge about the development of urban environments including both technological and socio-economic aspects.

However, much of this knowledge is not accessible to potential users and is not easily implemented. Implementation of new solutions can be hindered by institutional barriers (e.g. standards and regulations for construction, installations, procurement), social barriers (e.g. resistance of organisations and individuals to accept new ways of doing things) and financial barriers (business models to implement social innovations are unclear or not viable, or there are insufficient possibilities for scaling up innovations).

The Making Cities Work call invites municipalities, businesses, researchers, civil society and other stakeholders to build transnational consortia to create challenge-driven innovation projects for European urban areas that have the potential to result in commercially successful services and products.

This call invites proposals for projects that tackle these barriers and address implementation issues. The projects will work on concrete urban challenges and focus on developing a proof of concept and learning on a European scale using transdisciplinary consortia with active participation of both municipalities and companies. For the development of this call, cities and public utilities across Europe have contributed actively to develop a vision on which urban challenges are most pressing to address and for which challenges learning and developing on a European scale has a real added value. Through both national and international brokerage events with cities’ representatives, businesses, researchers and NGOs the topics in this call have been decided upon.

To ensure that projects supported by Making Cities Work have a lasting value, the participating city management must express its support and intention to develop follow-up of the project by implementation in a real-life situation. Cities can have different roles in innovation projects: they can be creators of regulations, which allow the innovation to move forward; they can be champions of new solutions and they can be the problem owners and solvers. Often, even forerunning innovative cities often test innovations in isolation. Sharing innovation experiences amongst European cities is the key to effectively tackle city innovation problems.

Read more: Making Cities Work info flyer

The call topics

Re-thinking urban mobility
Innovative solutions to reduce city congestion

Implementing the smart sustainable city
From pilot projects within sectors and neighbourhoods to cross-sectoral services for citizens and business

Creating the city together
Closing the gap between citizens, companies and city policy

Innovative and sustainable city change
Reducing the negative impacts of construction sites

Details in the info flyer

Documents

Making Cities Work call text

Please note: In this adapted version of the call text (as of Jan. 11, 2018), Table 1 on page 3 has been corrected with regard to the eligibility of universities/research organisations in Finland.

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Instructions for drafting a Proposal Making Cities Work

Application Form Making Cities Work

Form C Making Cities Work

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Call secretariat

If you have questions on the general call process and proposal submission, please contact the Making Cities Work Innovation Action Secretariat:

Johannes Bockstefl, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Telephone: +43 5 7755 5042
E-mail: johannes.bockstefl@ffg.at

Johanna Scheck, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Telephone: +43 5 7755 5068
E-mail: johanna.scheck@ffg.at

Contact points of participating funding agencies
For questions regarding specific funding agencies’ rules and additional forms please check the following section 9 “Agency Funding Guidelines and National Contact Persons” first. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the indicated national contact persons at the participating funding agencies.

National Contact Points

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Austria – FFG
Johannes Bockstefl
johannes.bockstefl@ffg.at

Belgium, Brussels region – Innoviris
Beata Bibrowska
bbibrowska@innoviris.brussels

Finland – Tekes
Ilmari Absetz
ilmari.absetz@tekes.fi

Norway – RCN
Mari Solerød
mso@rcn.no

Sweden – Swedish Energy Agency
Emina Pasic
emina.pasic@energimyndigheten.se

Sweden – Vinnova
Felicia Gustafsson
felicia.gustafsson@vinnova.se

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