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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: EURO-5-2015 | Award Amount: 15.15M | Year: 2016

The JPI for Urban Europe ERA-NET co-fund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) objectives are: - To tackle fragmentation and the implementation gap. - To contribute to integrated sustainable urban development. - To strengthen European urban research and innovation alignment. - To scale up and translate best practices. - To develop, analyse and test new strategies and technologies of urban governance and urban living in order to shape the economic, social and environmental needs of citizens for sustainable urban development. ENSUF will call for transnational research and innovation projects that operationalise and translate a framework of three main elements, and launch the Urban Europe response to the implementation gap in sustainable urban development. The three main elements are: - Transdiciplinary co-creation in research and innovation. - Smart integrated urban development. - Utilizing the spatial dimensions and processes of urban areas. These three elements will be integrated by transnational, forward-looking and comparative research and innovation projects focused on the following three priority call topics: - Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage - New dynamics of public services - Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities The ENSUF Cofund proposal responds to the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2014 call EURO-5-2015: ERANET on Smart Urban Futures, Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe. The EURO-5 call scope is to analyse strengths and weaknesses of current models of urban development, in order to improve knowledge and to identify and shape urban needs. In response, ENSUF will deliver (a) knowledge (strengths and weaknesses of urban development); (b) methodologies (new methods, tools and network approaches) and (c) a validation/assessment of the co-creation model and (d) outline new pathways for urban development.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SSH.2013.4.3-1 | Award Amount: 1.64M | Year: 2014

EqUIP: the EU-India Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities will bring together research funding and support organisations in Europe and India in order to develop a stronger strategic partnership. Europe and India have strong historical links, but its research collaboration relationships are relatively new. EqUIP will link and build upon the successful partnerships developed at the European level, using the NORFACE and HERA European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs) as a focus for expanding interactions with India. The platform will support agencies across Europe and India in stepping up international collaboration: through sharing best practice, networking and the closer coordination of existing collaborative activities and the establishment of new relationships. It will map existing collaborative activity with the aim of identifying barriers and challenges to effective research co-operation, as well as identify opportunities and priorities for future research collaboration.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: SCC-04-2016 | Award Amount: 18.65M | Year: 2016

Cities around the globe are struggling to meet the needs of their citizens with respect to food, energy and water. These three sectors are inextricably linked and actions in one sector more often have impacts in one or both of the others; these interacting sectors can therefore be seen as a Food-Energy-Water Nexus (FEW Nexus) of systems. The ERANET Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (EN-SUGI) will bring together the fragmented research and innovation expertise across Europe and beyond to find innovative new solutions to this FEW Nexus challenge. Furthermore, by linking the activity of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe and the Belmont Forum (BF), EN-SUGI develops more resilient, applied urban solutions that bring research and innovation together from across the globe. EN-SUGI is a project that foresees the participation of 19 Funding Agencies eligible for the EU top up, 18 from JPI Urban Europe and 1 from Argentina, and 6 FAs non eligible for EU top up, under the umbrella of the Belmont forum , collaborating on a volunteer base. EN-SUGI Main objectives and impacts are: To support development of practical innovations and new collaborative research that will allow urban areas to understand and address the challenges of the Food-Energy-Water systems. (Impact = 12-14 projects funded, and 15 cities/local authorities engaged) To provide a framework for aligning R&I agendas of JPI Urban Europe and the BF,. The alignment will help foster transdisciplinary collaboration and co-creation in research and innovation, and facilitate the use of global expertise and knowledge (Impact = 24 funding organisations involved) EN-SUGI will foster development of international relationships between the different parts of the research and innovation community to enable them to contribute to addressing those challenges and goals, while aligning them to wider, strategic initiatives, including the SRIA agenda, Future Earth and UN Habitat.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: REV-INEQUAL-03-2016 | Award Amount: 15.82M | Year: 2016

Existing and rising inequalities pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies. Large disparities in human and social capacities are counterproductive to a sustainable and creative economy and participatory governance and inclusion. The increasing gulf between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises, is a key concern. The sources of inequalities in contemporary societies are complex and highly intertwined and they and their consequences can only be understood through comprehensive, comparative and innovative research activities. It is for this reason that the NORFACE Network is committed to launch a transnational research programme on the topic of Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes (DIAL). The DIAL programme will contribute to understanding the dynamics of inequalities as they unfold over the life-course, causal processes and drivers in relation to these inequalities, the role of time with regard to inequalities and the impact of these inequalities on social cohesion. The specific challenge of this Call is to address the dynamics comparatively in their social, cultural, economic and political dimensions and to disentangle the impact of past events and current circumstances on later outcomes to provide solutions to reverse inequalities across the life-course. The NORFACE DIAL programme will coordinate the research efforts of the participating European Member States by implementing a joint trans-national call with European Commission co-funding to fund innovative comparative, transnational and interdisciplinary research initiatives within this thematic field. The NORFACE Network has received core funding under the European Unions ERA-Net scheme since 2004 and has developed a close partnership of European national agencies responsible for funding research activities in the social sciences. The DIAL programme builds on the successes of the NORFACE Network.


J-AGEII, the Coordination Action for implementation and alignment activities of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives the Challenges and Opportunities of Demographic Change, will support and foster the overall management of the JPI, update the Strategic Research Agenda and support implementation through joint activities between Member States. Furthermore, the work plan will include dissemination and information exchange with scientific and societal stakeholders, policy makers and research funders as well as an evaluation and monitoring exercise. Ultimately, the project and the JPI seek to stimulate the alignment of relevant national programmes and EU initiatives, strengthen the base of multi-disciplinary and holistic ageing research in Europe and to provide scientific evidence for policy responses to demographic change.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: SC5-28-2016 | Award Amount: 11.37M | Year: 2017

The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) ERA-NET Cofund programme will be implemented in the context of a Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action in cooperation with the NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) network and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). A comprehensive and concerted research initiative is needed that can boost research on transformations to sustainability, that can catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges. This T2S programme therefore seeks to bring into being and nurture integrated teams of scientists from relevant academic disciplines including, as appropriate, social, natural, human, natural, engineering, agricultural and health/medical sciences disciplines and societal stakeholders to produce new knowledge and perspectives that can contribute to finding equitable and durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability in specific contexts, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. This programme will contribute to re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research to place social science at the heart of interdisciplinary efforts and will contribute to a step change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic. This future-oriented call will be jointly undertaken by major funding agencies in Europa, the United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Japan. The T2S programme will coordinate the research efforts of the participating Member States and international partners by implementing a joint trans-national call with European Commission co-funding to fund innovative comparative, transnational and interdisciplinary research initiatives within this thematic field. The T2S partners will pursue the expansion of their present effective collaboration and actively strive at widening the consortium.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SSH.2013.4.3-2 | Award Amount: 1.68M | Year: 2013

Major research funders in Europe and the Americas have decided to join forces to build a Trans-Atlantic Platform (TA-P) in order to create and establish effective and structured multi-lateral engagement between research funding agencies in Europe and the Americas. This Trans-Atlantic-Platform is a global first, representing a collaborative effort of key Humanities and Social Science funders on a scale not previously entertained. This Platform will break down the barriers to further co-operation between funders and also lead to heightening understanding of the contribution of Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines in a global context. As a first major step, the proposal includes key partners from Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Efforts will be made to engage additional partners from Europe and particularly the Americas. The Platform will support agencies in stepping up international collaboration: though sharing best practices, networking and closer coordination of existing activities and the establishment of new relationships to facilitate multidisciplinary networking across the Social Sciences and Humanities in their widest remit both with respect to research and geographical areas. A comparative analysis of the partners involved in the Platform and a mapping of existing research networks will be issued to identify barriers and challenges to transnational collaboration and to formulate successful mechanisms to work together efficiently beyond the bilateral approach. In order to become more than a network of networks and to bring genuine added value the Platform will be focusing on key topics. As an initial focus, the Platform has agreed upon a plan to pilot new principles of transnational collaboration through concrete joint programming focusing on the theme of Digital Scholarship. A shortlist of other thematic areas will be scoped in more detail and will serve as recommendations for topics and issues within Horizon 2020 or national funding strategies.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-ERA-Plus | Phase: SSH.2013.2.1-4 | Award Amount: 18.18M | Year: 2014

Welfare states are at a critical turning point. The development of welfare systems was one of the defining characteristics of the 20th century, especially in Europe. However, in times of change, it is important to re-think the welfare state with a programme of innovative research designed to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the design, delivery and experience of welfare in the 21st century. It is for this reason that the NORFACE network is launching an international research programme on the topic of Welfare State Futures. This highly topical theme offers an approach from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, enables and encourages multi-disciplinarity and offers a fruitful topic for a European approach, with interesting opportunities for comparison. Since 2004 the NORFACE Network has proved itself as a successful coordinated common action of currently - sixteen national research funding agencies. NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) has offered unique opportunities for participating funding agencies by developing common research funding instruments, thus creating opportunities for facilitating and building new networks of research collaboration. Major achievements up until now have been three transnational initiatives: three rounds of the NORFACE Seminar Series in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the pilot research programme Re-emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe? ( M 5,4) in 2006 and the transnational research programme Migration in Europe - Social, Economic, Cultural and policy Dynamics ( M 23 and M 6 ERA-Net Plus contribution) in 2008. In 2010, the NORFACE Network committed itself to launching a new innovate joint research programme on Welfare State Futures. In the planning of this new programme, NORFACE builds on the valuable experience gained in developing and running these previous Calls.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-ERA-Plus | Phase: SSH-2008-8.6 | Award Amount: 28.90M | Year: 2009

During recent years persistent rates of international migration have generated a very high level social, economic and policy concern in Europe. Migration has become a multi-faceted phenomenon, transcending traditional explanations. There is much still to be understood about the causes, actualities and effects of these movements of people. The NORFACE transnational programme Migration in Europe: Social, Economic, Cultural and Policy Dynamics has been developed to explain the new challenges Europe faces with migration. It will contribute strongly to our theoretical understanding and knowledge and raise the level of comparative, multi-disciplinary and multi-level research on migration in Europe. The research will provide results with valuable knowledge to be used by policy makers at a national, European and international level. The implementation of the NORFACE research programme will contribute to the building of the European Research Area by strengthening European capacity for multilateral and transnational research. It will also provide an example of significant sharing of research funding between national research agencies in Europe. It will demonstrate that a major transnational programme can be created using a real common pot funding. The scientific co-ordinator, Programme Director, will ensure that the individual projects work together so that all the Programmes resources address the challenge of migration. The Programme will give new visibility to European research, and connect to researchers and policy makers both within and outside Europe. The Programme will stimulate the building of new international connections and networks, and provide new opportunities for the fruitful exchange of knowledge. In order to make major advances in our theoretical understanding and knowledge by bringing together a significant corpus of high quality international teams, the programme will need a budget of the order of 30 million to meet its ambitious objectives.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.5.7 | Award Amount: 1.88M | Year: 2012

J-AGE, the Coordination Action for the early implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives the Challenges and Opportunities of Demographic Change, will support and foster the overall management of the JPI, the development of the Strategic Research Agenda and its implementation through joint activities between Member States, the mapping of relevant national programmes and a complementary foresight activity. Furthermore, the work plan will include dissemination and information exchange with scientific and societal stakeholders, policy makers and research funders as well as an evaluation and monitoring exercise. Ultimately, the project and the JPI seek to strengthen the base of multi-disciplinary and holistic ageing research in Europe and to provide scientific evidence for policy responses to demographic change.

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