Funding competition: Sustainable urbanisation global initiative


SUGIThe Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a competition jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

The call aims to develop more resilient and applied urban solutions that bring inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation together from across the globe, to benefit a much wider range of stakeholders including cities, civil society and business. The rapid urbanisation of the world’s population underscores the importance of this focus. The total available budget for this call is approx. €28.5 million, including support from the European Commission through Horizon 2020. Funds will be used to support as many high quality projects as possible. Each national/regional funding agency will provide funds directly to their eligible investigators in accordance to the agencies’ rules and regulations.

The projects funded by the call must be transnational and submitted by a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three participating countries.

Projects resulting from this call should address one or more of the following themes:

  • Development of a robust and accessible global sustainability knowledge base
  • Governance and management of the connections between food, water and energy services
  • Managing the risks and trade-offs that come out of sustainable urbanisation and the connecting of food, water and energy services

A two-stage commissioning procedure will be adopted for the assessment of the SUGI proposals. The first stage invites consortia to submit pre-proposals. The shortlisted consortia will be invited to submit a full proposal. The pre and full stage proposals will be assessed by an Expert Panel comprised of international experts nominated by all funding agencies.

The deadline for pre-proposals is 15 March 2017.

For more information, please consult the call guidance. Further details can be found on the Urban Europe website.



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