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Call: Transfer Networks

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Programme
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Interreg URBACT"

Interreg 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.

Specific objectives:

  • Capacity for Policy Delivery: To improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way.
  • Policy Design: To improve the design of sustainable urban policies and practices in cities.
  • Policy Implementation: To improve the implementation of integrated and sustainable urban strategies and actions in cities.
  • Building and Sharing Knowledge: To ensure that practitioners and decision makers at all levels have access to knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban development policies.
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Call
Transfer Networks
Description of call
"Transfer Networks"

Europe’s cities often face similar challenges. Yet, although there are many good practices, transferring them between cities can be complex. The transfer process is not simply one of copy and paste, and the barriers include governance, cultural and financial constraints.
Transfer Networks will allow cities to work together on the adaptation and re-use of a good practice already implemented in a city. Transfer Networks are expected to support an organised process of exchange and learning among peers across Europe by fostering the transfer of good practice in the field of sustainable urban development.

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Thematic Focus Building, Employment, Services, Research, Innovation, Capacity Building, Climate, Mobility, Sustainability, Social affairs, Environment & biodiversity, Traffic, Administration, Natural ressources, Regional development
Funding area EU Member States
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
Applicant details

All URBACT Networks are composed of a Lead Partner and Project Partners. In the case of Transfer Networks, the Lead Partner role belongs to the URBACT Good Practice City. Only those cities already awarded an URBACT Good Practice label can bid to lead a network.
Project Partners in a Transfer Network are cities interested in the transfer of the good practice in their own local context and are known as Transfer Cities. The partnership shall include the city where the Good Practice has been successfully implemented.
A Good Practice City may not be Lead Partner in more than one project at a time under the same
call. However, the labelled Good Practice Cities acting as Lead Partners are allowed to take part in
one other Transfer Network as a Transfer City.

 

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Partnership proposed for Phase 1 should comprise a Good Practice City and two Transfer Cities.
Only cities can be included in the initial partnership. The initial partnership shall include at least 1 city from a Less Developed region.
Each Transfer Network in Phase 2 will comprise a Good Practice City and up to 7 Transfer Cities (min. 5 partners, max. 8 partners, including the Good Practice City as Lead Partner).

The main beneficiaries (city partners) shall be cities from EU 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland. Any city from one of the 28 EU Member States, plus Switzerland and Norway, is eligible as a Transfer City. A State can be represented only once per network.
The partnership shall include the city where the Good Practice has been successfully implemented
(Good Practice City) in the position of Lead Partner, and partners willing to transfer the practice in
their own local contexts (Transfer Cities).

Provincial, regional and national authorities as well as universities and research centers are not considered as eligible partners.

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 to city partners, Transfer Networks can also nclude a limited number of other
beneficiaries (non-city partners). In the case of Transfer Networks, only non-city partners as defined
below are eligible:
• 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.)

In order to be eligible, non-city partners must be public authorities or Equivalent Public Bodies.
Only local agencies are considered eligible non-city partners.
The final partnership cannot include more than 2 non-city partners and shall include:
· a minimum of 2 partners from Less Developed regions where the total number of partner is 5;
· a minimum of 3 partners from Less Developed regions where the total number of partner is 6
to 7 partners.
· a minimum of 4 partners from Less Developed regions where the total number of partner is 8
partners.



Recurring Call No
Project duration max 30 months
Further info

Stage 1: 6 months

Stage 2: 24 months

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: max. 600 000 € per network (phase 1 and 2). The initial budget for Phase 1 shall not exceed a total eligible cost of 80 000€.

The costs incurred for the first phase of work shall be considered eligible for refund regardless of the approval of the project into Phase 2.
The URBACT Programme provides to each approved Transfer Network an additional specific budget for the
appointment of experts. Experts support partners in implementing their transnational activities with
both thematic content and methods for exchange and learning. Each network shall have an allocation of  109 500
maximum to cover the costs of expertise over the lifetime of the project. In phase 1 only one single expert may be appointed (max. 19 500 €).
Appointed experts to be funded from this dedicated envelope shall be selected from the pool of validated URBACT Experts.

 

Submission The Phase 1 Application shall be submitted through the Synergie-CTE in English.
In order to open an application form in the SYNERGIE-CTE
system, a Good Practice City willing to lead a Transfer Network
should send a request via email to TN@urbact.eu.
Contact Details

Urbact Secretariat

5, Rue Pleyel
93283 Saint Denis
France
Tel: + 33 1 85 58 61 87


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