The Urban Innovative Actions' (UIA) 5th Call for Proposals has ended with 11 new projects of which 4 are from EUROCITIES members.
UIA is an Initiative of the European Union that provides urban areas in Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. It is funded by the ERDF and aims at supporting urban authorities (or groupings of urban authorities) of more than 50,000 inhabitants in the European Union that have original ideas on how to generate positive change for citizens.
UIA can support projects through a co-financing of up to 80% of the project's activities and by capturing and sharing the knowledge that the project will generate. The funds are targeted at projects that are innovative, participative, good quality, measurable and transferable.
From 222 proposals sent to the UIA, only 11 of them have been selected for their innovativeness and capacity in establishing solid local partnerships. The four main issues that were put forward by the UIA were demographic changes, air quality, culture and cultural heritage, and circular economy.
Projects from EUROCITIES members:
Among the selected projects is Brussels' CAIRGO BIKE, a project that aims at accelerating the transition to clean air by tackling significant impact caused by overuse of Large Goods Vehicles and cars for short and motorized trips. This is done by creating an innovative ecosystem that incentivises citizens to swap their car with a cargo bike by facilitating the access to the latter, encouraging citizens to use them, and create parking facilities. The total budget allocated is €4.7 million.
Another project that was deemed innovative enough is Sofia's INNOAIR, which strives towards making public transport in Sofia more appealing and convenient for citizens. The goal behind this project is to reduce the use of private cars and traffic congestion. It will be achieved by creating an 'on-demand green public transport' which creates a route map based on citizens' demands, submitted via a mobile application. INNOAIR will also establish 'Green Corridors' with low traffic and clear air routes, as well as an innovative fare collection model to ensure the project's sustainability. The total budget allocated is €3.7 million.
Budapest looked at tackling the stress created by loneliness which in turn is caused by over-digitalisation. To do this, the city created CUP 4 CREATIVITY, an online cultural community, which will gradually involve its members into online and real-life cultural events and creative activities. As a result, a self-sustaining cultural community of service providers and citizens will be developed, and will actively consume and create culture. This way, users will re-establish their social networks, embrace local cultural identity and become shielded from contemporary urban stress factors. The total budget allocated is €4.2 million.
Finally, Ghent's CoGhent project aims at digitally opening up cultural heritage data and cultural production to everyone and use the result to create an immersive and inclusive experience room, called a White Space. This physical space will travel to three diverse neighbourhoods in Ghent. There, citizens will be able to access, use, and add onto the context-sensitive, query-based digital content from the cultural heritage collection, and share stories and objects from fellow citizens. The White Space will be given a permanent place in the future wing of the Design Museum Gent named DING. The total budget allocated is €4.7 million.
To learn more on UIA, the projects mentioned above, or how to participate in the next call for proposals, you can visit UIA's website.