Implementation of the flagship initiative "City of the Future": research for climate-friendly, social-ecologically sound and viable cities

Cities set the course for a sustainable development: Three of four people in Germany live in metropolitan areas, where infrastructure and economic power are concentrated. Climate change and local environmental impacts, demographic change and the integration of different cultures pose imperatives for action. The funding measure “Implementation of the flagship initiative City of the Future" helps managing the challenges and providing innovative impulses for a sustainable development by appropriate, practice-oriented, inter- and transdisciplinary research.

Whole world in one hand concept with man hand and part of megacity (fotolia / peshkov)
Whole world in one hand concept with man hand and part of megacity
Foto: fotolia / peshkov

Specifically, the funding measure promotes projects supporting local actors to

  • overcome risks of climate change and strengthen their resilience,
  • contribute to climate protection goals,
  • shape the quality of life and the environment  in a socially fair manner,
  • adapt mobility and infrastructure to the requirements of citizens and sustainability,
  • prepare social and technological innovations, leading to a sustainable city.

The funding scheme is orientated towards learning processes between science and practice and experimental implementation of results. Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds joint projects undertaken  by actors from research institutions, administration, politics, economy and/or civil society. The combination of practical  proving and scientific knowledge facilitates capacity building and knowledge production. The objective is possessing scientific reliable and socially accepted options for sustainable innovations in the urban area.

Thematic areas

The following thematic areas are the foci of the funding measure:

Climate resilience by acting in city and region

Under this this topic the funding aims at the development, testing and evaluation of concrete options and processes of actions for adapting to climate change. The projects consider the interface between climate adaptation,  climate protection and/or other areas of sustainable development in order to utilize potential synergies and to avoid trade-offs.

Urban community and integration: Strengthening socio-cultural quality in cities, reducing social-ecological inequalities

The funding of this topic aims at contributing to a socially and ecologically equitable  city of the future, to strengthen urban participation and to show ways for a successful integration of immigrants under social, ecological and economical aspects.

Urban mobility

Sustainable development of cities is strongly connected with the design of urban transport - both of passengers and goods. Funding is given to projects, investigating the demands of users concerning sustainable mobility infrastructures and services. Moreover, the development of climate-friendly transport concepts for different types of cities is supported.

Energy-efficient cities and quarters

The subject area “Energy-efficient cities and quarters” is covered by the funding initiative “solar construction / energy-efficient city”.

Zuletzt geändert: 21.09.2017