Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas

The pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), inviting interdisciplinary Sino-European consortia opened on January 31st, 2018.


In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, NSFC and JPI Urban Europe have agreed to a long-term cooperation under the strategic theme Sustainable Urbanisation in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change. The pilot call is a joint initiative of nine European funding agencies participating in JPI Urban Europe and NSFC in China.

In the call the following three thematic themes will be addressed: a) Reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities, paying special attention to the quality of air, water and soil, and municipal and other waste management; b) Access to safe, affordable, and sustainable housing, transportation and basic services; and c) Integrated policies towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters.

The call invites researchers from Chinese and European universities, research institutes, research and technology organisations (including municipal research institutes), cities and city planning departments, as well as European companies.

The total funding available in this programme is approximately M€ 9.35 on the European side, across the participating European funding agencies. NSFC will fund the Chinese part of all projects.

The call topics

1. Climate change and new urban economies

2. Transformation of energy systems and strengthen urban circular economies

3. Urban public administration and services innovation

4. Urban data management

The following projects have been approved:

MAAT: Multi-faceted valuation and administration of access to housing and transportation

SIRIUS: Sustainable, Innovative, Resilient, and Interconnected Urban food System

SIMETRI: Sustainable Mobility and Equality in mega-city Regions

STEP-UP: Socio-Techno-Economic Pathways for sustainable Urban energy development

U-PASS: Urban Public Administration and Services innovation for Innovative Urban Mobility Management and Policy

Financing Clean Air: The potential of Land Value Capture to secure sustainable urban development supporting air quality enhancement

DeSCIPHER: Sponge Cities within airshed and river basin management: integrating nature-based solutions to create sustainable places

SMUrTS: Sustainable mixed urban transit system with electric and conventional buses

RECREATE: Resource nexus for transformation to circular, resilient, and liveable cities in the context of climate change

HERMES: Integrated evaluation of energy saving, emission reduction potential and management strategies for urban road systems

UNCNET – Urban nitrogen cycles: new economy thinking to master the challenges of climate change


Download the Q&A (PDF)

Webinar documentation

Powerpoint from the webinar April 3, 2018

It has been decided that the recording of the webinar will not be published. The questions in the Q&A during the webinar can be found in the Q&A PDF above. 

Matchmaking platform

This is how the online matchmaking works 

1. Register and create a profile by click on “Register now” in the upper right corner:
NB: make sure to write your e-mail and/or telephone number in the description

2. Find a possible partner to discuss the possibilities to form a consortium that can submit a proposal.

Participants schedule meetings themselves:
Participants can choose a time-slot when accepting a meeting and know immediately when it will take place.

NB: Registration until April 12, 2018

Go to the matchmaking platform

Partner search – find a partner for your consortium

Download: Partner Search Form Sustainable And Liveable Cities And Urban Areas

Partner search forms

Partner Search Form: Corinne Merly, BRGM, French Geological Survey

Partner Search Form: Iris Borowy, Shanghai University / Essex University

Partner Search Form: Maico Centis, Municialpality of Pordenone, Italy

Partner Search Form: Prof. Manuel Correia Guedes, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture Instituto Superior Técnico

Partner Search Form: Ruth Yeoman, ‘The Meaningful City’, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Partner Search Form: Weiwei Ye, SYNYO, Vienna, Austria

Partner Search Form: Dr. Gudrun Haindlmaier, AIT, Vienna, Austria

Partner Search Form: Alojz Poredos, Slovenian Energy Association – SZE, Slovenia

Partner Search Form: Oana-Catalina Popescu, INCD URBAN INCERC, URBANPROIECT Branch, Bucharest, Romania

Partner Search Form: Bogdan Okresa Duric, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb

Partner Search Form: Elena Petrova, Association for Sustainable Innovative Development in Economics, Environment and Society (ASIDEES), Vienna, Austria

Partner Search Form: Kate Milosavljevic, Nabolagshager, Oslo, Norway

Partner Search Form: Chengzhi Peng, School Of Architecture, University Of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Partner Search Form: Jana Teremranova, Institute of Physical Energetics, Smart Grid Research Centre, Riga, Latvia

Partner Search Form: Anna Zareba, University Of Wroclaw, Poland

Partner Search Form: Kristin Reichborn Kjennerud, Oslo Metropolitan University in Oslo, Norway

Partner Search Form: Weizhuo Lu, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


> Download call text

Information flyer

> Download powerpoint

> Download List of National Contact Points

> Instructions for drafting a proposal

> Proposal Form

> National Forms C Full Proposal Phase

> Registration: Consortium Overview Sheet

Call secretariat

If you have questions on the general call process and proposal submission, please contact the Call Secretariat:

LI Wencong, NSFC
Tel. +86 10 6232 7014

Berry Bonenkamp, NWO
Tel. +31 70 34 94 416

Carolien Maas-van der Geest, NWO
Telephone: +31 70 34 40 511

Funding agencies

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Austria
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
Ministry of Education and Science (IZM), Latvia
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA), Sweden
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom