Urban Innovative Actions

The 1st Call for Proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative is open from 15 December 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.  

Approximately 359 million people – 72% of the total EU population – live in cities, towns and suburbs. Urban areas face multiple and interconnected challenges related to employment, migration, demography, water and soil pollution… But, they are also engines of new ideas and solutions, dynamic places where changes happen on a larger scale and at a fast pace. To answer the increasingly complex challenges they face, urban authorities need to go beyond traditional policies and services - they need to be bold and innovative.  

To alleviate this situation, the European Commission has created Urban Innovative Actions, an initiative to promote pilot projects in the field of sustainable urban development. 

The beneficiaries of the UIA Initiative are urban authorities. However, given the complexity of the urban challenges, they can't act alone. In order to design and implement effective and innovative solutions, urban authorities need to involve all the key stakeholders that can bring expertise and knowledge on the specific policy issue to be addressed. These include agencies, organisations, private sector, research institutions, NGOs… Bold projects need them all.

The main objective of the 1st Call for Proposals is to select projects testing bold and unproven ideas on the following topics:

  • Energy transition
  • Integration of migrants and refugees
  • Jobs and skills in the local economy
  • Urban poverty with a focus on deprived neighbourhoods

For more information about UIA and the first call of proposals, please visit their website