24 Oct 2017 - 28 Feb 2018 / Bryssel, Belgium

JPI Urban Europe call
Making Cities WOrk

Finding solutions to urban challenges through cooperation


JPI Urban Europe Making Cities Work

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.

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).

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.

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.

Online Matchmaking

In this call we use the B2 match platform in order for possible partners to connect and also to present themselves on the platform.
There will not be physical matchmaking meeting in this call. 

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

All documents including call text is available on the Making Cities Work web page.


Go to Making Cities Work web page

Info webinars

As part of the Making Cities Work call that opened on October 24th JPI Urban Europe will arrange two info webinars on November 14 and December 5.

In the webinars you will get information about the call and the latest updates. The call is hosted jointly by the funding agencies with hosts presenting the call and JPI Urban Europe and at the end of the webinar ready to answer questions.

Johannes Bockstefl from the call secretariat will attend both webinars to answer questions on the submission and evaluation procedure. Each webinar offers you a great chance to learn more about the Making Cities Work call and ask questions.


December 5 – 14:00 – 15:00 CET
https://bluejeans.com/897676213 

No registration needed for webinar, login using the BlueJeans link above.


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

Hanna Scheck
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Telephone: +43 5 7755 5068
E-mail: hanna.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 national contact persons at the participating funding agencies.

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
Lars-Gunnar Larsson

lars-gunnar.larsson@vinnova.se

Contact

If you have questions on the general call process and proposal submission, please contact the Making Cities Work Innovation Action Secretariat or your national contact person (see details above)

Colette Bos
Coordinator

Magnus Brink
Communication Officer