Call for local authorities to join ‘future city’ consortia in funding bid

7 Oct 2015, 4:44 pm

A competition offering a £2 million investment in projects that tackle a spectrum of challenges posed by city living is seeking applications from local authorities in consortia with businesses, researchers, community groups, charities and ‘other urban innovators’.

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The aim is to address the complex and connected challenges and opportunities of life in the city. Topics to be addressed include community health, crime, social inclusion and employment.

Winners of the Urban Living Partnership funding will form part of up to five ‘future cities’ pilot projects, each led by a consortium, and devise solutions for places to adapt and thrive in response to environmental, economic or social change.

The funding of up to £400,000 for each project has been made available by Research Councils UK and Government technology body Innovate UK to conduct a ‘diagnostic’ phase commencing in April 2016 and running for up to 18 months.

The partnership behind the competition was recently formed and sees all seven UK Research Councils team up with Innovate UK for the first time. Together they aim to extend the UK programme internationally.

The deadline for submitting initial expressions of interest is 26 November 2015. The deadline for organisations to submit an application is 16:00 on 21 January 2016.