Urban Europe

Urban Europe

The Urban Europe joint programming initiative aims to help European cities to take up the many challenges with which they are faced: climate change, congestion of transport networks, energy management, ageing properties, migratory flows, social and economic changes.

Urban Europe Joint Programming InitiativeThe Urban Europe joint programming initiative aims to help European cities to take up the many challenges with which they are faced: climate change, congestion of transport networks, energy management, ageing properties, migratory flows, social and economic changes.

Multi-level and multi-partner collaborations between all the research stakeholders and end users are essential in order to offer technological responses but also ideas about new models of governance for cities.

Furthermore, Urban Europe projects are interdisciplinary and will combine basic research, applied research and urban innovation.

The projects selected in the frame of Urban Europe do not receive any funding from the European Commission. They are financed exclusively by national funding agencies (Innoviris for Brussels) according to their own specific funding rules.

Making Cities Work – Call for proposals launched on 24 October 2017 – deadline for submission 28 February 2018.

"Making Cities Work" is an Innovative pilot action of the JPI Urban Europe Program. This action is launched on initiative of 5 Urban Europe countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The call invites cities and municipalities, businesses, researchers, 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.

This call is tailored towards urban innovation projects, inviting the problem owners, such as cities, urban infrastructure operators or industry, to team up with science to jointly develop solutions for their pressing issues.

The call has to lead to projects with the aim of creating innovative solutions, getting to a proof of concept, demonstration, or test replicability and scalability.

This call is developed around 4 major topics:

  • Re-thinking urban mobility-Innovative solutions to reduce city congestion

  • Implementing the Smart Sustainable City-From pilot projects within sectors and neighborhoods 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


The projects must comply with all the eligibility criteria imposed by the national funding agency, as well as Urban Europe's specific eligibility criteria.

For Brussels partners, the financing conditions are as follows.

Innoviris' criteria: 
  • develop all or some of its activities within the territory covered by the Brussels-Capital Region

  • present an innovative RDI project managed in collaboration with a Brussels small enterprise and likely to have a favourable impact on employment and/or sustainable development of the Brussels-Capital Region

  • show one's ability to finance one's share in the project

  • have fulfilled its obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region.

Urban Europe programme criteria
  • Relevance of the proposal in relation to the research theme

  • Quality of the proposal: can the project offer a solution for a given problem?

  • Project's impact for the end users community

The applicants will submit their projects proposal  to the Secretariat of the programme through the FFG electronic submission system before the deadline, 28 February 2018 12:00 CET.  (You can consult the guide to use the tool properly.)

Furthermore, your application must be submitted to Innoviris by using a regional form (available on the French or Dutch version of this page). 

The proposals that will not be submitted to Innoviris, will be ineligible for funding.

Type of financial intervention

Financial aid may be allocated as a grant or in the form of a recoverable advance.


Rate of financial intervention (maximum)

  Industrial research Experimental development Innovation in procedures


Grant                  Advance


Micro enterprise/Small enterprise


45%                       60%


Medium enterprise


35%                      50%


Large enterprise


25%                      40%


The basic rate may be increased by 15% in the case of actual cooperation with a Belgian or foreign company. The rate of intervention is limited to 80%.

Research organisations (universities and higher education institutions) and end user organisations, such as citizen, neighbourhood, retailer associations may also benefit from Urban Europe aid. 

For further information about the conditions of these aids, see the corresponding pages:  

Financial aid for the preparation of your Urban Europe project may be obtained via Connect.

More information 

All documents on "Making Cities Work" can be found in the toolbox. You can also visit the website of the initiative.

Two webinars about the project call "Making Cities Work" wil be organised on November 14  and December 5.

You are welcome to contact us during the project preparation for the pre-reading purposes or for other advices (administrative, financial or legal). 


Innoviris contact person


Beata Bibrowska

International Projects Advisor

Strategic Research Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 22