European Commission offering up to €5 million for innovative urban ideas
Have an audacious, experimental idea for improving city life in Europe? Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), a European Commission initiative, wants to hear from you.
UIA announces here that it is seeking applications for ambitious, results-oriented projects, with the winners to receive as much as €5 million in funding. Cities of 50,000 people or more — or groupings of municipalities that total 50,000 or more — are eligible.
According to UIA, “innovativeness” will account for the largest share of the scoring: 40 percent. The submissions also would be judged based on the strength of their partnerships and their transferability to other European cities. Proposals must reflect concepts that have never been introduced in Europe.
UIA also emphasizes that submissions should feature clear objectives with measurable results. The group describes itself here as an initiative that provides European cities with “the resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.” An estimated 72 percent of the European Union’s population resides in urban or suburban areas.