URBAN INNOVATIVE ACTIONS - UIA conclusions after the results of the 1st CALL

Bilbo
14/10/2016
18 cities in 9 EU countries have been chosen by the European Commission to promote innovative solutions that favor the life quality of its citizens. For this, each will receive 5 million euros

On 12th of October, the list of winning proposals from the 1st call of the Urban Innovative Actions - UIA was unveiled in Brussels, in the framework of the Political Event of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC). Each project will receiveup to 5 million of euros of ERDF funds, with a funding ratio of 80% of the project budget.

This is the list, which includes the proposal from Bilbao AS FABRIK elaborated byZABALA:

CITY THEME COUNTRY POPULATION
Goteborg Energy Transition Sweden 510.000
Paris Energy Transition France 2.240.000
Viladecans Energy Transition Spain 65.549
Barcelona Urban Poverty Spain 1.604.555
Nantes Urban Poverty France 282.047
Lille Urban Poverty France 231.491
Turin Urban Poverty Italy  892.649
Birmingham Urban Poverty United Kingdom 1.101.360
Pozzuoli Urban Poverty Italy 83.398
Utrecht Migrants & Refugees Netherlands 330.772
Munich Migrants & Refugees Germany 1.450.381
Wien Migrants & Refugees Austria 1.852.997
Antwert Migrants & Refugees Belgium 517.042
Bologna Migrants & Refugees Italy 387.554
Milan Jobs & Skills Italy 1.359.905
Madrid Jobs & Skills Spain 3.141.991
Bilbao Jobs & Skills Spain 345.141
Rotterdam Jobs & Skills Netherlands 619.879

 

SOME CONCLUSIONS:

  • SUCCESS RATE:
    • 18 out of 378 proposals: 4,76% of success rate
    • However, success rate is of 10% for the theme “migrants & refugees” and2,65% for “energy transition”
THEME PROPOSALS SUBMITTED NR OF APPROVED SUCCESS RATE
Energy Transition 113 3 2,65%
Urban Poverty 91 6 6,59%
Jobs & Skills 124 4 3,23%
Migrants & Refugees 50 5 10,00%

 

  • CITY SIZE:
    • 7 out of the 23 UE cities with more than 1 million of inhabitants have been awarded in the 1st UIA call
    • 9 out of the 345 UE cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants have been awarded
    • Congratulations to the 2 cities, Viladecans and Pozzuoli, with less than 100.000 inhabitants in the list!!
  • Geographical coverage:
    • Just 9 of the UE 28 countries are in the list of 18 winning proposals
    • Spain, Italy and France accounts for the 61% of the winning proposals
    • No winning proposals from periphery countries (Portugal, Greece, Poland, Ireland, all the Eastern Countries, etc). This is common in HORIZON 2020, but was not expected in a DG REGIO call
    • Success rate of France as expected due to the dissemination of the Secretariat of the UIA initiative (Region Nord-Pas de Calais; Lille) focused in France but with limited impact in other countries (i.e. Spain)
COUNTRY PROPOSALS SUBMITTED NR OF APPROVED SUCCESS RATE
Spain 72 4 5,56%
Italy 104 4 3,85%
France 19 3 15,79%
Netherlands 13 2 15,38%
Sweden 4 1 25,00%
Germany 23 1 4,35%
United Kingdom 18 1 5,56%
Belgium 14 1 7,14%
Austria 3 1 33,33%
Greece 27 0 0%
Portugal 17 0 0%
Poland 14 0 0%
Finland 10 0 0%

 

2nd UIA CALL WILL OPEN BY MID-NOVEMBER:

The 2nd call will open by Mid-November. The call will focus on three topics, which were announced in June: 

  • Urban Mobility
  • Circular Economy
  • Integration of Migrants & Refugees (it was also included in the 1st call)

The detail on the three themes was released this 10th of October. Furthermore, we were able to receive more information on the small workshop of 11th of October, a workshop in the framework of the EWRC were the three new topics were explained.

This is nice opportunity for CITIES. At ZABALA we trust we can be as successful as in the 1st call... even if we take into account that the competition is fierce.