2nd Co-UDlabs Transnational Access Call: list of funded projects

The 2nd Co-UDlabs Transnational Access (TA) Call has been officially awarded! Our project’s facilities and installations are already set up to make arrangement with selected user groups. The call has been successful in raising awareness about how relevant and pathbreaking innovation and research can be in the field of sustainable urban drainage, and the response of practitioners and the academic community has been greatly encouraging.

✍️ The results in key figures

  • 16 projects selected
  • Access to 10 facilities from 6 TA providers
  • 16 leading institutions in 8 countries
  • 110 total users from 54 institutions and 18 countries
  • 31 female users
  • 30 non-academic users
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Co-UDlabs 2nd Transnational Access call: some statistics

The awarded projects were the outcome of a six-month process of dissemination, application, and evaluation. 160 users from 79 different institutions in 25 countries (including Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong and Turkey) were part of the teams that submitted their proposals, showing that the call was effective in promoting team building and the establishment of multidisciplinary partnerships that brought various sectors and scientific approaches together. Of these, a total of 110 users from 54 institutions including members and researchers from 18 different countries will have access to our facilities. These will be led by 16 institutions in 8 countries (including 3 non-EU).

The call was also an opportunity to enhance diversity and participation in an initiative which builds on cooperation, sharing, and mutual learning. 28,2% of all users are female, a low but growing figure compared to results of our 1st call (25%). The call was also successful in mobilising interest and participation outside of university: 27,3% of staff involved in the proposals come from non-academic institutions and partners. 

Co-UDlabs is also as an opportunity for junior researchers to be actively involved in high-level, interdisciplinary innovative activities in an international and very diverse context. TA user groups include junior researchers and students. At least 17 post-doc or lower qualification students (15.5% of the total) will be involved in the projects to be carried out at our facilities, and several new positions will be made available in user-group institutions because of their participation in the TA. 

What’s next?

User groups will now begin to arrange their visits with the facility providers. All experiments and projects will be carried out from January through all 2024.

Since two of our facilities granted less accesses than planned, we are opening a dedicated new call for applications on December 15 2023, with deadline on January 5, 2024.

We look forward to even more innovative proposals to push research, policy, and technology on sustainable urban drainage and water management even further!