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Call: Implementation Networks

Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme

URBACT acts as a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It enables European cities to work together to develop solutions to urban challenges and share good practices, lessons and solutions with all stakeholders involved in urban policy throughout Europe. The Programme focuses on the following Specific Objectives (SO):

  • SO1 - Capacity for Policy Delivery
  • SO2 - Policy Design
  • SO3 - Policy Implementation
  • SO4 - Building and Sharing Knowledge
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Implementation Networks
Description of call
"Implementation Networks"

Implementation Networks: Supporting cities with the delivery of an existing integrated urban strategy/ action-plan

The programme supports the implementation of integrated strategies and action plans for sustainable urban development in European cities. This will be mainly achieved through “Implementation networks” dedicated to cities implementing integrated urban strategies/ action plans with secured funds. 

Implementation networks allow cities to share challenges and solutions, to support one another to ensure an efficient implementation process, to draw lessons out of their experience and share results. 

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Thematic Focus Building, Employment, Services, Research, Innovation, Capacity Building, Climate, Mobility, Sustainability, Social affairs, Environment & biodiversity, Traffic, Administration, Natural ressources, Urban development, Regional development
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Potential Candidate Countries
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, University, Public Services, Other
Applicant details

The main beneficiaries of actions implemented under Objective 3 shall be cities from EU 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland. For Implementation networks, beneficiaries shall be cities implementing integrated strategies and action plans for sustainable urban development, using different types of funding, including cities funded under articles 7 and 8 of the EC Regulations. Under URBACT III, the beneficiary “city” refers to the public local authority representing:

  • Cities, municipalities, towns;
  • Infra-municipal tiers of government such as city districts and boroughs in cases where they are represented by a politico-administrative institution having competences for policy-making and implementation in the policy area covered by the URBACT network concerned in which they are willing to get involved;
  • Metropolitan authorities and organized agglomerations in cases where they are represented by a politico-administrative institution having delegated competences for policy-making and implementation in the policy area covered by the URBACT network concerned.


In addition, a number of non-city partners shall also be eligible for actions implemented under Objective 3. The list of other eligible beneficiaries is defined as follows:

  • Local agencies defined as public or semi-public organisations set up by a city, partially or fully owned by the city authority, responsible for the design and implementation of specific policies (economic development, energy supply, health services, transport, etc.)
  • Provincial, regional and national authorities, as far as urban issues are concerned;
  • Universities and research centres, as far as urban issues are concerned.


In the delivery of Objective 3, priority shall be given to cities. Subsequently, the number of non-city partners in shall be limited. The maximum number of noncity partners shall be defined in the calls for proposals for the creation of implementation networks. Only public authorities and public equivalent bodies are eligible to the programme.

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details
  • Lead Partner: City
  • Possible partners stage 1: 4-6 cities from at least 3 Member or Partner States 
  • Geographic balance phase 1: 7 partners with at least 3 from less developed regions or regions in transition OR 8-9 partners with at least 4 partners from less developed regions or regions in transition
  • Possible partners stage 2: 7-9 (cities only) 
  • Geographic balance phase 2: see phase 1
Recurring Call Yes
Project duration min 30 months
Project duration max 30 months
Further info

Stage 1 (network development phase): 6 months
Stage 2 (implementation phase): 24 months
Implementation phase: June 2017 - June 2019

Type of Funding Grant
Financial details
  • Less developed and transition regions shall receive up to 85% ERDF contribution
  • More developed regions shall receive up to 70% ERDF contribution  

Budget: between 600,000 € and  750,000 € per network.

Submission Applications must be submitted via the online platform Synergie-CTE.
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