The URBACT programme allows EU cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges.
This call aims to support Innovation Transfer Networks along the topics of Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) projects that have been implemented from 2016 to 2023.
The ITN call is the second of the URBACT IV programme, following on from the Action Planning Networks call which saw 30 new networks announced last May, featuring seven Irish towns and cities.
Up to ten ITNs will be formed upon the topics of Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) projects that were implemented between 2016 and 2023. Those cities that implemented the UIA project will automatically become ITN Lead Partners.
The themes covered include culture and heritage; migration integration; urban security; nature-based solutions; urban poverty; demographic change; digital transition; jobs and skills; renewable energy; housing; and air quality.
Cities and public-equivalent bodies from European Union's 27 Member States, Partner States (Norway, Switzeland), as well as cities from countries benefitting from the Instrument for Pre-Accession to the EU (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia), willing to transfer the experience and know how of a UIA project should go to the URBACT Partner Search Tool and express their interest to the city that has implemented a UIA project.
In addition to the Lead Partner, the partnership to be proposed must include from 4 to 6 Transfer partners from eligible countries. Therefore, a network will include from 5 to 7 city partners in total.
The total budget for an Innovation Transfer Network is EUR 550 000 maximum, comprised of local co-financing and of ERDF/CH/NO/IPA co-financing included.
In addition to the network budget, each approved network will have an allocation of EUR 105 000 to cover the costs of expertise support (fees) over the lifetime of the project. This available envelope shall cover days of expertise only. Travel and accommodation costs for Lead and Ad Hoc Experts MUST be covered by the network budget.