Funding competition: sustainable urbanisation global initiative (SUGI)

Businesses can apply for a share of funding under Horizon 2020’s co-funded competition to support innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy (FWE) Nexus challenge in urban areas.

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Competition guidance: urban guide for proposers 2

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This competition opened on 9 December 2016 and is now closed for registrations.

The Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a competition jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

This competition looks for new understanding and solutions to the systemic management of food, water and energy in cities. It is an international collaborative competition requiring the participation of at least 3 different countries.

The total available budget for this competition is €28.5 million, including support from the European Commission through Horizon 2020. The UK is to provide around £1.6 million in order to fund 6 to 7 UK projects. The maximum amount of funding for a UK project will be €300,000.

Collaborative UK consortia will be jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Innovate UK. All UK consortia must include partners and work programmes that are relevant to all 3 funding agencies. The UK element of the competition will be managed by ESRC.

If your project progresses to a stage 2 full proposal, UK applicants will be required to complete a UK finance form which will be emailed directly to UK participants. This form must be returned to Innovate UK by the deadline for stage 2 full proposals: 5.00pm GMT on 20 September 2017. This is a separate and mandatory form, in addition to the ERANET application process.

Full details are found on the ESRC website,

The deadline for pre-proposals is 6:00pm (GMT) on 15 March 2017.

A series of international meetings are planned for early 2017 to help broker collaborations. More details to follow.

Each country has its own eligibility criteria. Refer to the guidance for applicants for more information.

Contacts for UK applicants:
Amy Oswin:
James Taplin:
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 321 4357

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Published 15 December 2016
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