Pre-announcement of the new call: Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas Joint Call for Proposals

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 will be announced on January 31st.

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. These themes are the basis for 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; and
4. Urban data management

The call will invite 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.

Key dates
Wednesday 31 January 2018                      Launch of joint call
Thursday 12 April 2018                                 Registration deadline
Wednesday 20 June 2018                            Submission deadline full proposals

Funding agencies

The following European funding agencies will participate in the call:

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


For more information, visit the call’s website: