URBACT networks are approved through competitive calls for proposals. For 2014-2020, different calls for proposals for the 3 types of networks were launched.
Transnational exchange and learning networks are one of the core strands of activities of the URBACT programme. They aim to support European cities with the design and implementation of sustainable integrated urban policies. Depending on their local situation and needs, cities may join URBACT by taking part in 3 different types of networks:
- Action Planning networks: supporting cities in addressing a policy challenge by producing an integrated action-plan
- Implementation networks: supporting cities with the delivery of an existing integrated urban strategy/ action-plan
- Transfer networks: supporting cities in adapting and re-using a good practice to enhance their urban policies
Calls for proposals will be launched for these 3 types of networks.
The following calls have taken place and are now closed:
- March 2015: call for the creation of up to 20 Action Planning networks (20 Action Planning networks continue through Phase 2!)
- March 2016: call for the creation of up to 15 Implementation networks (Implementation networks pass to Phase 2!)
- December 2016: call for Good Practices (URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: “Inspiring solutions for better cities”)
- January 2018: call for the creation of up to 25 Transfer networks (23 Transfer networks embarking on the second phase of their journey!)
- January 2019: call for the creation of future 23 Action Planning networks (23 Action Planning Networks approved for Phase 2)
- December 2020: call for the set up of 4 pilot networks, for 12 cities (UIA Transfer Mechanism)