Opportunities in Europe

European Calls

Urban Innovative Actions Innitiative

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)
Third call for proposals
Indicative budget of between € 80-100 million is allocated, the project receives co-financing up to 80% of the eligible costs

The main aim of the UIA Initiative is, therefore, to provide urban authorities across Europe with space and resources to test bold and unproven ideas addressing interconnected challenges and experiment how these respond to the complexity of real life.


Applicants can submit project proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Air quality
  • Housing
  • Jobs and Skills in the local economy


Activities within the frame of the UIA projects shall be organized around Work Packages and shall support one or several ERDF Thematic Objective(s) and related Investment Priority(ies) (please check the documents attached). To this end, different types of WPs should be used and are listed below:

  • WP Preparation
  • WP Project management
  • WP Communication
  • WP Implementation
  • WP Investment: except for this WP, all the other types of WPs are mandatory in UIA project applications.


The total project duration is maximum 4 years (extension included).


Only eligible urban authorities as defined by the Article 2 of the UIA Delegated Act can submit an Application Form (please check the guide attached). However, in the framework of the UIA Initiative, Urban Authorities are expected to establish strong local partnerships with the right mix of complementary partners. All partners need to be from the EU. A partnership for an UIA project can be made up of a (Main) Urban Authority, associated urban authorities and delivery partners. The wider group of stakeholders is not part of the project partnership but should also be involved in the project.


The final deadline for the submission of the Application Form and Confirmation sheet is 30/03/2018 14h00 CET.

The call is aimed at providing urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Projects to be supported shall be innovative, of good quality, designed and implemented with the involvement of key stakeholders, result oriented and transferable.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Any urban authority of a local administrative unit defined according to the degree of urbanization as city, town or suburb comprising at least 50 000 inhabitants/ Any association or grouping of urban authorities of local administrative units defined according to the degree of urbanization as city, town or suburb where the total population is at least 50 000 inhabitants; this can include cross-border associations or groupings, associations or groupings in different regions and/or Member States.