£2m pilot programme aims to tackle city challenges

A government backed research partnership is injecting £2m into a pilot programme to address the challenges of city living.

The Urban Living Partnership aims to harness UK research and innovation expertise to help cities deliver healthy, prosperous and sustainable living. The partnership represents the first time all seven UK research councils and government innovation agency Innovate UK have come together to address the challenges and opportunities of urban living.

The first action by the partnership will be the creation of five pilot city projects. The partnership is already open to applications from consortia bringing together city leaders, community groups, businesses and other urban innovators. Taking a whole-city approach, these teams will use their experience and expertise to identify, understand and address interconnected challenges ranging from community health and crime to social inclusion and employment. Consortia will be encouraged to link with wider research and innovation expertise across the UK and internationally.

The ambition is to scale up the partnership to a UK programme with international reach, positioning the UK as a global leader in urban research and innovation, and supporting sustainable urban growth for UK cities.

 The Expression of Interest form is available here.

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