The Partnership is seeking applications from consortia which bring together leading cross-disciplinary research expertise, city leaders, businesses, civic organisations and community groups, public, third sector and other urban innovators. Each of the consortia 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 for the pilot cities project call to be distributed between up to 5 projects each focused on a different city/ urban area. 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.
The deadline for research organisations to submit full applications via JeS on behalf of consortia is 1600hrs on 21 January 2016, with a deadline for submitting initial expressions of interest on 26 November 2015.