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Call for a EURA Small Grant Scheme (3.000€)

This is a new scheme agreed by the Governing Board of EURA in 2013 to promote
the aims of the association. Consistent with the three aims of EURA this new scheme
is focussed on assisting international dialogue and provides small one-off grants to
facilitate multidisciplinary explorative workshops or events.
The three aims of EURA are:

  • To encourage international exchange and co-operation in relation to urban research
  • To stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-border urban research
  • To contribute to urban policy debates.

EURA greatly values the level of support it receives from its’ Institutional Members. In
recognition of the support they provide to EURA the eligibility for EURA Small Grants
is restricted to paid up Institutional Members of EURA.
Proposals not longer than 7 pages should include a short description of the topic of
the event, short academic CVs of the participants, a time schedule as well as the
expected impact. The proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

 

  1. The proposal must demonstrate how the grant will be used to further the aims of EURA.
  2. Ideally 50% of the participants in the workshop should be drawn from institutional members of EURA, although submissions with a smaller proportion will be considered.
  3. The intellectual content of the proposed event should be clearly specified (and be supported by appropriate references to the urban studies literature)
  4. The expected impact of the proposal. For example, a preparatory workshop for an EU Call (Horizon 2020 in particular), a Special Issue of the EURA Journal (Urban Research and Practice) or any other journal, facilitating exchange between young urban scholars, engaging with communities in a city on a critical urban issue.
  5. The experience and expertise of the proposer(s) in relation to the topic proposed

The list of EURA institutional members can be found on the website. www.eura.org
Deadline: 15 May 2014. Please send proposals using the following email address.
A decision will be made in July.


EURA & URBACT III

EURA has been invited to consult in the shaping of URBACT III by the European Commission (DG Regional Policy)!

URBACT III is an urban policy programme to be delivered across the 2014-2020 Structural Fund programming period. This programme, like it predecessor programmes (URBACT I and II) is to be focused on supporting the mutual exchange of experience and learning between European regions, in order to improve urban policy design and delivery.

EURA will be present on 19th Februrary 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Other invited organizations include:CoR, CEMR, EUROCITIES, ENERGY CITIES, EUROTOWNS, CECODHAS, ICLEI, INTERREG IVC, the Association of Architects and Urban Planners, EUKN, HEALTHY CITIES, MOT, Cities for Mobility, POLIS, ESPON, Urban Intergroup (European Parliament), JPI Urban Europe, EURA, the European Environment Agency and Interract.

Survey questions to be considered and discussed include the following:

  1. From your policy perspective, what are the biggest challenges facing cities in the 2014-2020 period and how can URBACT III help to address them?
  2. From your policy perspective, what capacities are lacking in cities and how can these be strengthened?
  3. Unlike URBACT II, the new programme will go beyond the planning stage, to assist cities in implementing integrated sustainable urban development. Do you have advice about how URBACT can provide this support well?
  4. What have you found to be the most effective and practical ways to share knowledge among EU urban practitioners-at national level/ at transnational level?
  5. How could EU level organisations such as yours  contribute to the successful delivery of the URBACT III programme?

All feedback is welcome and may be sent to the EURA Secretariat email.