Urban Living Partnership Pilot Phase – Town Hall Meeting


The Urban Living Partnership brings together all seven Research Councils and Innovate UK to promote integrated research and innovation to address the challenges faced by urban areas in the UK and to help them realise their visions for future urban living.

Our Town Hall meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th October at the Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham. Details of the call and the Town Hall meeting can be found in the link below. Please complete the form in this link to express you interest in attending: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/ulppilotphase/

This meeting will provide a platform to bring together city leaders, business leaders, urban policy-makers, representatives from the civic sector and leading research experts from a range of disciplines with Innovate UK & Research Councils to learn about the opportunities under the pilot phase of the Urban Living Partnership. A particular aim is to facilitate connections with existing national resources, tools, data, expertise, networks and related activities (both RCUK/ Innovate UK activities and those within wider organisations and businesses) which has the potential to support work across or in a range of potential pilot projects, to ensure that pilot applications make best use of existing resources.

In this first pilot phase, the Partnership is seeking applications from consortia who will be expected to conduct an initial pilot diagnostic phase focused on building integrated understanding of the challenges, opportunities and future visions of a specific UK city / urban area and developing agendas for future research and innovation. Combined funding of £2m is available from RCUK and Innovate UK for the pilot call to be distributed between up to five projects, each focused on a different city / urban areas. Funding of up to £400,000 will be awarded to support each pilot project to conduct a ‘diagnostic’ phase commencing in April 2016 and running initially for up to 18 months. This meeting also aims to enhance understanding of the pilot call, with a view to ensuring that we receive high quality applications, including providing an opportunity to answer potential applicants’ questions.