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Major Swedish involvement in European call for proposals on urban transformation

The European partnership Driving urban transitions, DUT, provides support to research and innovation projects that help cities in transition to sustainable economies and societies. The results of the first the call for proposals show a great interest among European actors - and for the Swedish part, the participation is a success.

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The results from the first the call for proposals within the partnership show great interest in Sweden. The Swedish involvement means, among other things, both the largest number of participants and main applicants in the projects in comparison with other countries. Overall, there are many project with Swedish participants, which means that Sweden's participation in the call for proposals is a success.

We have hoped that Swedish actors will come out well for the first year in this big the call for proposals. However, we did not dare to believe that Sweden would, among other things, have the most participants and main applicants in the projects. It's so fun to see and a sign that we are very committed to sustainable community building, say Ann Maudsley and Björn Wallsten, Formas.

The Swedish financiers Formas, the Swedish Energy Agency and Vinnova have together contributed approximately SEK 42 million for the first the call for proposals. Researchers, cities, municipalities, companies, civil society and other stakeholders active in urban climate change have been able to apply for funds to be part of international research and innovation projects with interdisciplinary approaches.

Swedish research and innovation actors from various sectors within the work with urban development are at the top in Europe. It is clear with this important announcement of strength from the first the call for proposals. It will be exciting to follow the interdisciplinary projects over the next three years, says Björn Svensby Kurling, Vinnova.

During the autumn, Formas and the Energy Agency announce new funds within the framework of the European partnership. At national level, Formas is responsible as before for questions about circular urban economies, CUE. With regard to energy-positive neighborhoods, PED, and the 15-minute city, 15minC, interested parties should contact the Energy Agency.

Now we are looking forward to applications for the second the call for proposals and to support those interested in taking part in European funds. It is important that Sweden continues on the set path to take on the complex challenges for our cities and communities, says Emina Pasic, Energy Agency.

The partnership will help decision-makers, companies and other actors in society to act and contribute to the sustainable transformation of cities. The European Commission, together with 27 European countries, including South Korea and Canada in the second the call for proposals, has around 100 million euros in budget for actors to be able to participate in international research and innovation projects in urban transformation.

Apply to Driving Urban Transition (DUT)

DUT has annual calls for proposals which open in September each year. Here you can read more about the 2023 call for proposals on Forma's website.

Read more about 2023's new call for proposals


Björn Svensby Kurling

Programme manager

+46 8 473 31 48

Last updated 15 November 2023

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