Key European & International Funding Deadlines

The EU funding programmes for 2014 to 2020 are now pretty much all under way. In some cases, old programmes have been combined and given new names and aims.

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)

The Ambient Assisted Living programme is an initiative involving 22 countries which funds ICT measures to help with active and healthy ageing. Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) in Swindon is the UK contact point for this funding stream. The theme for 2016 will be “Living well with dementia. The contribution of ICT to integrated solutions for enabling the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their communities.” A key priority will be to bring together technologies and services to create ICT based solutions to help people with dementia and their communities. The last call deadline was in May 2016.

Asylum Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF)

The Asylum and Migration Fund focuses on people flows and the integrated management of migration. It supports actions addressing all aspects of migration, including asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of irregularly staying non-EU nationals. The Fund has a total budget of €3.137 billion for 2014 to 2020. Around 90% is allocated to Member States to deliver national programmes and activities.

The last deadline for Transnational projects was in February 2016. This required a partnership of at least three eligible organisations, from at least three EU Member States (Denmark is not participating in AMIF).

The Home Office is the national agency running this fund in the UK. For this type of call you do not need European partners. There are no calls open at the moment for the national programme but it is useful to look at the work programme.

Connecting Classrooms

The Connecting Classrooms funding stream is in the process of changing its strategy to one that looks more at Continuing Professional Development of teachers. Teachers sign up for free training courses and then share the training with local colleagues before applying for funding for a partnership grant to take their training into a partner school in various specific countries. The programme will run from 2015 to 2018 and will build the capacity of 45,000 teachers and 12,000 school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:

  • digital literacy
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • creativity and imagination
  • student leadership
  • collaboration and communication
  • citizenship

Funding for Connecting Classrooms professional partnerships is intended to be made available for schools that have completed the new range of Connecting Classrooms core skills professional development courses. The first deadline closed in May 2016

Culture Sub Programme (Creative Europe)

Creative Europe is the EU programme which supports the Cultural and Creative Sectors. It incorporates the old Culture programme, Media and Media Mundus with the majority of the money being for MEDIA funding. Cooperation projects can now run for up to 4 years and will have regular annual deadlines in October starting October 2014. Other new rules include the need to have a PIC number (Participation Identification Code) so your organisations details are stored centrally and can be used for a number of programmes including Erasmus Plus without the need to supply supporting documentation. The exchange rate for developing your budget will be the rate for 10 December 2013.

The new Creative Europe desk for the UK is coordinated by the British Council  and the British Film Institute. You can access this support at creative.europe@britishcouncil.org

Small Cooperation Projects - next deadline 5 October 2016 (this has now been postponed) and then 4 October 2017

Grants of up to €200,000 with match funding being at 60% of total costs provided. This is a higher intervention rate than under the previous Culture programme

Large Cooperation Projects - next deadline 5 October 2016 (this has now been postponed) and then 4 October 2017

Grants of up to €2 million with match funding of 50% provided. You can only be the lead partner of one large cooperation project at a time.

Literary Translations Projects - deadline closed 3 February 2016

This is for two-year projects. Grants of up to €100,000 with match funding of 50% provided

Literary Translation Framework Partnerships - next deadline 1 February 2017

Literary translation framework partnerships can be for 4 years.

European Networks - next deadline 5 October 2016 (postponed)

Grants of up to €250,000 with match funding of 80% of total costs provided. For this deadline the network can run for up to 4 years

European Platforms - next deadline 5 October 2016 (postponed)

Grants of up to €500,000 with match funding of 80% of total costs provided. For this deadline the platform can run for up to 4 years

DAPHNE

DAPHNE funding is for projects targeting victims or potential victims of violence who are children,young people, women and/or other groups at risk of violence in close relationships.

You need at least two other partners from other eligible countries. Activities you can engage in include:

  • Training and cooperation of relevant professionals to better respond to these forms of violence, including the establishment of formal or informal procedures and support programmes to respond to cases.
  • Development and practical implementation of educational material aimed at children and adults to help bring about attitudinal and behavioural changes. There is a budget of €3 million in total and projects are funded at 80% of costs with a project length of 18-30 months. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is €75,000 meaning potentially, if not realistically, there could be up to 40 projects. The last deadline was 8 April 2016.

Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

EaSI brings together three separate EU programmes, PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance. They form the three axes of the programme. They will support:

  • The modernisation of employment and social policies through the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget)
  • Job mobility through the EURES axis (18% of the total budget).
  • Access to micro finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the budget)

In total the budget for 2014 -2020 is €919 million. EaSI works in a different way to other programmes by having a rolling set of deadlines related to the annual work programme and its many different activities and priorities.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange programme funds young entrepreneurs to gain experience working with experienced entrepreneurs in other EU member states. The exchanges can be for between 1 to 6 months, The young entrepreneurs get a monthly allowance towards travel and subsistence. The scheme is currently open and you can apply via the web site either as a young entrepreneur or as a host entrepreneur.

ERASMUS +

Erasmus Plus is the name for the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport programme which runs from 2014-2020. In the UK the responsibility for this programme has moved government department from Department of Education to BIS. Like in the previous Lifelong learning Programme it will be administered jointly by The British Council and Ecorys in the UK. The British Council are responsible for school, university and youth applications whilst Ecorys manage bids for adult education and vocational training. Sport and 'Jean Monnet activities' are administered centrally from Brussels.

Big changes include that there will not be money for preparatory visits and also no more Comenius Assistants and rather than individual programmes for each education sector, there is now just one programme for all education areas with three different "key actions".

Most of the money is for Education & Training which receives €1,536.5 million under the 2015 call compared with €171.7 million for Youth, €11.4 million for Jean Monnet and €16.8 million for Sport.

Key Action 1 - learning mobility of individuals

This is for individuals to take advantage of training, work shadowing etc in the field of education training and youth in other countries. Mobilities just mean you are expected to travel and stay for a period in another country and are costs related to travel, subsistence and any course fees etc

The next deadline for mobilities in this call in the field of education, training and youth will be

Youth mobilities - 4 October 2016.

Education & Training mobilities -  February 2017

Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices

This would include activities such as:

  • strategic partnerships in the field of youth -  4 October 2016
  • strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth - March 2017
  • Knowledge alliances, (more for Universities) - February 2017
  • Sector Skills Alliances (Vocational education and training) February 2017
  • Capacity building in the field of Youth - closed July 2016

Key Action 3 - support for policy reform

Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth 4 October 2016.

Jean Monnet activities (aimed at higher education institutions) - next deadline February 2017

Sport

  • Collaborative partnerships - projects related to 2016 European Week of Sport CLOSED 21 January 2016
  • Collaborative partnerships (other projects) CLOSED 12 May 2016
  • Small Collaborative Partnerships - CLOSED 12 May 2016
  • Not for profit European sport events for events held during 2016 European Week of Sport - CLOSED 21 January 2016
  • Not for profit European sport events (other projects) CLOSED 12 May 2016.

European Regional Development Fund (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)

ERDF along with ESF and EAFRD, are three of the EU structural funds allocated to the member states. For the 2014-2020 period the Government has decided to allocate a large proportion of these structural funds on a Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) basis, with the LEPs aiding decisions on the priority areas for investment for their area. For Brighton & Hove, this is Coast to Capital LEP. For our LEP area there is £24.4 million of ERDF allocated. The ERDF programme and direct ESF funding is currently on hold whilst HM Treasury consider the repercussions of the vote to leave the EU.

Under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), there have been four calls so far:

  • Supporting the Creative, Digital and IT sector (around £500K).
  • Helping SMEs to access the opportunities in ASEAN economies (around £1 million).
  • Providing business support for SME development and growth (around £3.8 million).
  • Supporting the Low Carbon, Environmental Goods and Services sector (wood fuel).(around £1.3 million)
  • Supporting collaboration between higher education institutions and businesses within and across the five Coast to Capital priority sectors and the area’s specialised technology futures. £2.5m funding available (50% match funding required), with a minimum project size of £500k. The first stage deadline was 29 January 2016.

Two calls under the low carbon economy objective closed 10 June 2016

Call 1 LCEGS call: £750,000 - The specification seeks proposals for projects to develop the Low Carbon Environment Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector through support for innovation with Higher Education Institutions and commercialising innovation in low carbon with a focus on sub sectors where Coast to Capital has an existing strength and competitive advantage.The project will probably consist of two phases – firstly an analysis of the sector followed by concrete actions to support knowledge transfer and commercialisation of products and services in key areas.

Call 2: £1million available - The specification seeks proposals for the development of an energy efficiency and renewable energy programme targeting SMEs in the LEP area, as it is thought that many SMEs do little to reduce energy consumption as they feel the cost savings would be minimal for the effort involved.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)

The last call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for projects in the Coast to Capital LEP area was to support investments in local co-operation and partnerships to improve the attractiveness of the tourism sector. It was a two stage process with the first deadline being 30 October 2015. Funding of between £35,00 - £80,000 was available with up to 13 projects funded. If you are a non-profit organisation you do not have to provide match funding, whilst commercial organisations have to provide 50% match funding. The theme is tourism in rural areas and outputs expected include creation of new destination plans, creation of a new destination organisation and creation of new partnerships. There is £3.8 million available in total. The next call is probably going to come out in Autumn 2016.

European Social Fund (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)

European Social Fund (ESF) is the main EU fund to provide vocational training and help get people into work. For 2014 -2020, money will be allocated to priority areas decided by the Coast to Capital LEP. Under the previous programme co-financing by national agencies such as The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) meant it was these national organisations targets which were paramount. There is £23.2 million available

Under the 2014-2020 programme only the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is still providing a co-financing programme at a national level in England, it being the choice of the LEPs whether to 'opt-in' to the offers of match funding from other organisations such as the Skills Funding Agency, DWP and Big Lottery. The Big Lottery are the only co-financer providing actual match, which will be around £260 million across England through the Building Better Opportunities Fund

Big Lottery - Building Better Opportunities Fund

There were 10 calls announced for the Coast 2 Capital area in June 2015 with about £5,33million available for projects around social inclusion.  Nine out of ten calls in the Coast to Capital area had draft projects approved, and now have funding to prepare a fuller stage 2 bid.

The tenth call around volunteering was relaunched in March 2016 with a first stage deadline which closed 16 May 2016

DWP and SFA Opt-ins

The DWP opt-in has a call aiming to tackle worklessness amongst the most disadvantaged by moving the maximum number of unemployed and inactive people in priority groups into sustained employment. The Maximum Contract Value will be £1,339,722 for a Minimum number of 745 starts. The closing date is 15 June 2016. To register your interest you need to sign up on the DWP version of the Bravo website.

Under the Skills Funding Agency opt-in, there are four draft specifications awaiting approval. There is support for intermediate skills in Coast to Capital’s nine key sectors (£795,705) including support for the development of higher level skills for individuals to progress in employment in SMEs (£2,273,441). There is help to upskill the region’s employees by supporting organisations to develop and implement workforce development strategies (£909,376) and to improve the quality and relevance of Labour Market Information (£568,360). These have been delayed and the timespan for procurement and delivery have been shortened from three years to two years.

Europe for Citizens

The Europe for Citizens programme looks to bring together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, values, to learn from history and to build for the future while reflecting on European citizenship and democracy and shared values. It is aimed at public bodies and not for profit organisations. The new budget for 2014-2020 is €164 million.

Themes for project applications in 2016 include :

  • Commemorating the 1951 Adoption of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
  • Commemorating the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War
  • Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism
  • Combating stigmatisation of "immigrants"
  • Debate on the future of Europe

Network of Towns - this measure aims to provide funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme and wishing to develop a network of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable. There are annual priority areas for projects. Funding is through lump sums and so there is no fixed match funding rate. The maximum European Commission contribution per project is €150,00. Projects can last up to 24 months. The next deadlines are in September 2016 and March 2017.

Town Twinning. To mobilise citizens at local and Union levels to debate issues from the European political agenda, to encourage democratic engagement and civic participation. The maximum European Commission contribution per project is €25,000.The next deadlines are in September 2016 and March 2017.

European Remembrance. This strand supports activities that reflect on European cultural diversity and common values. It aims to finance projects looking at the causes of the development of totalitarian regimes and commemorating the victims of their crimes. Funding is provided through lump sums with a maximum of €100,000 per project.The next deadlines are in September 2016 and March 2017.

Civic Society Projects - the next deadlines are in September 2016 and March 2017.

Eurostars

Eurostars is a programme that supports SMEs involved in research to develop innovative products, processes and services by providing funding for joint projects. You need partners in at least one other Eurostars country. There are 26 countries eligible in the next round which includes the majority of the EU but also South Korea, Turkey and Israel. The next deadline is 15 September 2016.

Internal Security Fund

This fund aims to combat cross border organised crime, human trafficking,financial crime, anti radicalisation, cyber crime and other serious crimes. The UK along with Denmark and Ireland have opted out of this fund.

Interreg Va Channel Programme

Interreg Va Channel Programme is for projects in partnership with organisations in Northern France bordering on the Channel. For the 2014-2020 programme Norfolk County Council is the new Managing Authority. The main changes are that the application process is now two stage and the EU funding element has now risen to 70% of project costs. The first call closed on 11 May 2015. 6 out of 44 got through to stage 2 to submit a full bid in 2016. The fourth call opens on 14 September 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

The priority areas of the programme are:

  • innovation
  • low carbon economy
  • attractiveness of territory
  • balanced and inclusive development

Interreg Va Two Seas Programme

Interreg Va Two Seas Programme  is for projects in partnership with organisations in Nord-Pas de Calais (France) and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands.The details for the new Interreg Va Two Seas programme are currently being developed.and the programme was launched in November 2014 with a two step application process, firstly the submission of a concept note followed by a full application form as the second step.

The last deadline for full applications to be submitted was 9 May 2016. The submission process is now fully electronic and must be done through the 2 Seas Electronic Exchange Platform (EEP). The next concept note closing date will be in November 2016 with the second stage application form being April 2017.

Interreg Vb (North West Europe programme)

Interreg Vb (North West Europe programme) enabled partners from neighbouring countries to work together to provide joint solutions to similar problems they face around sustainable development and competitiveness.Brighton & Hove is eligible to take part in the North West Europe programme area, which is the most densely populated area of Europe, and project ideas are expected to reflect problems that result from this. You need at least one other partner from another country in the North West Europe area.

The programme has three priority areas:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
  • Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency

Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

The programme will invest in enhancing the capacity of the north west Europe territory to generate innovation. It will try to reduce differences in innovation capacity between regions and contribute to the smart specialisation strategies of participating regions. For information the smart specialisation strategy for England is our region.

Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors

The programme will invest in the area’s climate change mitigation potential, reduction of GHG emissions, energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy sources.

Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency

The programme will invest in eco innovation and resource efficiency. The purpose is to reduce the environmental footprint of human activity on the environment.

A total of 73 applications were received in the third call for concept notes which closed in May 2016. The next call opens on 17 October and closes on 18 November 2016

Interreg Europe

Interreg Europe is the new name for 2014-2020 for the Interreg IVc programme which is for regional co-operation across the whole of Europe. The 28 countries of the EU plus Norway and Switzerland are involved. The budget is €359 million. There are four priorities.

  • Strengthening research, technological development and Innovation
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
  • Shift towards low carbon economy
  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

 A total of 64 projects out of 261 were approved in the first round and the last call for proposals  which was on 13 May 2016 received 211 proposals. A decision whether to have a third call will be taken in late 2016.

JUSTICE programme - 2014-2020

The JUSTICE programme incorporates the old Civil Justice Programme, Criminal Justice Programme and Drugs Prevention and Information Programme. The UK and Denmark have both opted out of this programme.

LEADER programme

LEADER is part of the structural fund called EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) which is coordinated by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and is separate but complimentary to the EAFRD funds delivered as part of Coast to Capital LEP structural funds allocation. The fund is to benefit rural communities but in particular small businesses. The areas of the new LEADER programme area, the Central Sussex LAG include parts of Stanmer Park within the Brighton & Hove boundary along with areas of the city north of the A27 in the South Downs National Park. There is £1.7 million available.

Grants of £2.5k to £50,000 at a maximum 40%-80% intervention rate (depending on the measure used); it is mainly for capital items.

Projects must meet one of six DEFRA priorities:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities

Further details can be found on the West Sussex County Council website. Outline applications can be submitted at any time while LEADER is open, which should be until mid to late 2019. Successful outlines are then invited to submit full applications which are judged at panels on

  • 20 September 2016
  • 29 November 2016

LEFEVRE and Charles De Gaulle Funding

These two funding streams allow schools to conduct visits to partner schools in France. Projects last up to 18 months with each partner receiving £5,000.  For Lefevre, the age range is 11-19 years  and visits have to include four days of actvities. Charles de Gaulle fundign is for 17-19 year olds and has 8 days of activities with a strong element of vocational training. The next deadline is 10 November 2016

 

LIFE

LIFE is the EU's main funding stream for environmental projects. 78% of the funding are used for project grants in Member States, with about 50% of this being dedicated to projects under the 'Nature' and 'Biodiversity' strands. At least 15% of the total allocated to project grants will fund transnational projects. DEFRA has again assigned Beta Technology to provide information and guidance on UK bids to this funding stream.

There is €283 million available for project action grants under this call, €239 million under the Environment sub-programme and €44 million under Climate Change. There is 60% match funding provided. The main funding opportunities are through 'traditional projects.' These can be best practice, demonstration, pilot or 'information, awareness and dissemination' projects.

Traditional projects cover the following priority areas:

  • LIFE Nature & Biodiversity
  • LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency
  • LIFE Environmental Governance & Information
  • LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
  • LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
  • LIFE Climate Governance & Information

The next deadline for 'traditional projects' are:

  • Climate Change Action (Mitigation, Adaptation and Climate Governance & Information: CLOSED 7 September 2016
  • Environment & Resource Efficiency: 12 September 2016
  • Nature & Biodiversity: 15 September 2016
  • Environmental Governance & Information: 15 September 2016

Media Programme (Creative Europe)

Media Programme is the EU programme for audiovisual projects and now part of the Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020. One major change in the new programme is the move to a paperless application and reporting process. To apply for a grant you will first have to register your company or organisation through the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC).

Funding opportunities come under five different headings:

  • Producer support
  • Distribution support
  • Training and networks
  • Audiences
  • Other initiatives

Producer Support

  • Development single project: This scheme is aimed at independent European production companies who have produced at least one previous eligible project and are looking to develop a project with international potential for cinema,television or digital platforms. Next deadlines: November 2016 and April 2017.
  • Development - slate funding: This scheme is aimed at companies that have produced at least two previous eligible projects and want to develop a slate (3-5) of projects with international potential. Next deadline February 2017.
  • TV programming: This scheme aims to help European independent production companies produce a television programme with at least three European broadcasters attached. Next deadline December 2016 and May 2017.
  • Development - video games: This scheme is aimed at companies that have produced at least one previous video game which has been distributed recently, and that now wish to invest in the development of a new game concept. Deadline closed on 3 March 2016.

Distribution Support

  • Selective distribution: This scheme is to encourage groups of distributors to release non-national European films that might not be economic otherwise. Deadline closed 14 June 2016.
  • Automatic distribution: This annual scheme allows distributors to generate a subsidy based on paying customers to see recent European films (not UK films). The scheme is designed in two stages: Generation deadline 29 April 2016 and Reinvestment deadline 1 August 2016 to 1 August 2017.
  • Sales agents: This is a subsidy for Sales Agents selling non-National European films. Deadline has passed.
  • Online distribution: This scheme aims to support VOD services, 'online ready' digital packages and innovative multi-platform releases for European films. Deadline closed on 11 September 2015.

Training and Networks

  • Training: This scheme aims to help training providers to deliver continuous vocational training activities for film and television industry professionals in the areas of new technologies, economic, financial and commercial management and project development. Deadline closed on 23 May 2014.
  • Access to markets: This scheme supports organisations that propose annual events and activities designed to facilitate access to markets for European professionals and promote their audiovisual works. Deadline closed on 28 January 2016.
  • International co-production funds: This is a new scheme for the programme to support organisations that help European and International co-production partners to meet and/or provide them with access to international co-production funds. Deadline closed on 25 February 2016

Audiences

  • Film festivals: To support film festivals that include at least 70% European films (or 100 feature films) from at least 15 countries in their programme. At least 50% of the films have to be from outside the UK. Deadline closed on 28 April 2016.
  • Cinema networks: This scheme supports networks of cinemas that aim to boost the programming of European films. Deadline closed on 27 June 2014.
  • Audience development: This is a new scheme that supports audience development as a means of stimulating interest in and improving  access to European audiovisual works in particular through promotion, events, film literacy and festivals. The scheme is split into two separate strands; Film literacy and Audience Development. Deadline closed on 3 March 2016.

Rights, Equalities & Citizenship Programme (REC) 2014 -2020

The Rights, Equalities & Citizenship programme has a budget of around €389 million and brings together Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III and "Anti discrimination and Diversity" and "Gender Equality" of the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS). There are no alerts so you need to keep checking the web site for planned calls. The general feature of calls under this programme is the following.

  • 2 year projects
  • 80% co-financing
  • Pre-financing (funds up front) of 80% final 20% on production of effective delivery and reporting
  • Work programme is set at beginning of year – have been delayed on delivering this
  • 2 months between publication date and call deadline
  • High rate of success for projects
  • Needs to have ACTIVITIES – pure research will not be funded as previous programmes have.

The last call was for DAPHNE projects with a deadline of 1 June 2016 - Action grants to support national or transnational projects on multi-agency and multi-disciplinary cooperation to respond to violence against women and/or children, and on tackling underreporting - JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/MULT and Action grants to support transnational projects to promote good practices on gender roles and to overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and in the workplace - JUST/2015/RGEN/AG/ROLE with a deadline of 27 May 2016.

URBACT III

URBACT supplies funding for networks of cities to work together on common issues and work with local partners on devising and implementing action plans to combat the problem. There are three strands

Action Planning - best practice networks. This is for working with partner cities on designing action plans for your individual city. Deadline for calls closed on 16 June 2015. Applications submitted will be assessed and successful ones informed in September 2015, and given funding for six months to work up their work plan and bring in more partners. There were 99 applications to the first round for which 20 are expected to be approved. 27% of these were looking at social inclusion and 25% were around environmental issues of cities. Italy is one of the main countries to be involved in the programme, providing the lead partner in 21 of the bids. The next call for Action Planning Networks is expected in 2018.

  • Implementation network - call closed 22 June 2016
  • Transfer networks - this is around sharing best practice from one organisation to its project partners - call expected 2017.

Urban Innovative Actions

This new programme, Urban Innovative Actions, is based on the EU Urban Agenda and is for cities with over 50,000 population and the maximum project size is expected to be €5 million. An information day in Brussels on 13 January 2016 discussed the four topic areas under the first call. There will be one call per year and the first deadline closed on 31 March 2016 with these four topic areas.

  • Energy Transition
  • Urban Poverty (with a focus on deprived urban neighbourhoods)
  • Investment in the Integration of Migrants and Refugees
  • Jobs & Skills in the local economy

The Urban Innovative Actions initiative will launch its second Call for Proposals in November 2016. The European Commission has selected the three topics that will be included in the call: sustainable urban mobility, the circular economy and the integration of migrants and refugees. More details will be on the web site in September 2016.