URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
There are 3 different types of networks:
• Action-planning networks
• Implementation networks
• Transfer networks
The object of the present Call for Proposals is the creation of Action Planning Networks (http://urbact.eu/open-calls-networks). The impact on local policies and practices shall be ensured through the production of Integrated Action Plans addressing a specific policy challenge.
As a starting point, cities willing to get involved in Action Planning Networks shall identify a policy challenge they want to address at local level. Then, they shall commit to develop an Integrated Action Plan that will address this challenge.
For the Action Planning Networks, the URBACT III defines two categories of beneficiaries:
- City partners (the main beneficiaries). There is no limit of size (population) for cities wishing to participate in URBACT activities
- Non-city partners. Non-city partners is defined as follows:
– Local agencies (organisations set up by a city),
– Provincial, regional and national authorities, as far as urban issues are concerned;
– Universities and research centres, as far as urban issues are concerned.
Non-city partners must be public authorities or Equivalent Public Bodies.
The URBACT III thematic coverage includes the following Thematic Objectives:
- Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
- Enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT
- Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
- Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors
- Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management
- Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
- Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures
- Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility
- Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
- Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure
Partnerships for Action Planning Networks shall be constituted in two steps.
The partnership shall include a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 cities from at least 3 Member and Partner States (partnership shall include a minimum of 2 cities from Less Developed regions)
If a proposal for Phase 1 is approved, the initial partners will develop their project during that phase, in order to fulfil the following criteria:
The final partnership shall include minimum 8 and maximum 12 partners, from at least 3 different Member and Partner States.
The final partnership shall include 4 partners from Less Developed Regions minimum and may include up to 3 “non-city partners” maximum.
The total eligible cost for an Action Planning Network shall be between 600.000€ and 750.000€.