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Urban Innovative Actions initiative - new topics for third and fourth Call

Urban Innovative ActionsThe Urban Innovative Actions initiative unveils the topics selected for the third and fourth Call for Proposals.

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Building on the feedback received from applicants, the European Commission has decided to announce the topics selected for the next two Calls for Proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions initiative. These topics are listed below:

  • 3rd Call: air quality, climate adaptation, housing, jobs and skills in the local economy;
  • 4th Call: digital transition, sustainable use of land and nature based solutions, urban poverty, circular economy or urban mobility.

The list of topics selected for the 4th Call is to be considered as indicative, the Commission services reserve the rights to modify it taking into consideration any emerging important issue for cities.

A full description of the topics (and related sub-topics) along with the Guidance and Terms of Reference will be made available to applicants after summer on the UIA website.

In the autumn, the Permanent Secretariat will organise a series of events and webinars to support urban authorities in their project development and application process. please visit our website regularly to receive the latest update.

What is Urban Innovative Actions?

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Union that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.

Approximately 359 million people – 72% of the total EU population – live in cities, towns and suburbs. Urban areas face multiple and interconnected challenges related to employment, migration, demography, water and soil pollution… But, they are also engines of new ideas and solutions, dynamic places where changes happen on a larger scale and at a fast pace.

To answer the increasingly complex challenges they face, urban authorities need to go beyond traditional policies and services - they need to be bold and innovative.

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