Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a call jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. The cooperation was established in order to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge.

Aim of the call

The interactions between food, water and energy are of paramount interest to policy, science and the society at large, today and even more so in the upcoming decades. Challenges connected with population increase and food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources demand solutions.

The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a joint call established in order to bring together actors to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. The ultimate goal is to increase the access and the quality of life.

The overall challenge today is to move to action through dialogue: from a sector oriented technocratic approach to one that recognises more diverse viewpoints and rationalities.

Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe have partnered to ensure participants across physical, natural, social sciences and arts and humanities as well as policy and decision makers and stakeholders around the world.

The call topics will enable the participants to develop projects that aim to find solutions to the Food-Water-Energy nexus for a sustainable urbanisation. The goal is to rapidly evolve the knowledge base, advance indicators and assessment tools that are needed for a comprehensive understanding of the FWE nexus.


SUGI Projects Catalogue (PDF)

SUGI/FWE Nexus Info flyer (PDF)

For SUGI projects: Go to the SUGI download section


The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus projects will start during the first half of 2018.A total of 88 proposals were successfully submitted in the first evaluation phase and from these a total of 40 proposals were invited for the full proposal stage. In November 2017 these proposals were assessed by an expert panel and 15 projects were selected for funding.

Complete list of projects including participating partners

Call topics

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Tradeoffs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus


Call opening 9 December 2016
Pre-proposal deadline 15 March 2017
Invitations to submit full proposal May 2017
Full proposal deadline: 20 September 2017
Funding decisions announced December 2017
Start of projects December 2017-March 2018
Projects end January 2021


Download the SUGI/FWE Nexus call text here

Belmont Forum and JPI Urban Europe

The Belmont Forum is a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. The Belmont Forum pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific endeavors.

Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was created in 2010 with the ambition to develop a European research and innovation hub on urban matters and create European solutions by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive.

Call secretariat

If you have questions please contact the Call Secretariat:

Belmont Forum

Susanna Ehlers, National Science Foundation (US)
Telephone: +1 703 292 7583

Maria Uhle, National Science Foundation (US)
Telephone: +1 703 292 2250

JPI Urban Europe

Johannes Bockstefl, FFG (AT)
Telephone: +43 5 77 55 50 42

Hanna Scheck, FFG (AT)
Telephone: +43 5 7755 50 68

Marcus van Leeuwen, NWO (NL)
Telephone: +31 70 344 09 31

Funding agencies

SUGI FWE call Contact points participating FAs

5 Belmont Forum Agencies

22 EU supported Funding Agencies
Formas (SE)
Innovate UK (UK)