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Grants for Collaborative Projects, including Research, innovation close to market, Coordination and Support Actions, and other new schemes (i.e. prizes, innovative public procurement, etc…) oriented to Political Priorities and Challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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  GRANTS FOR SMART CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
SCC-01-2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeThe EU policy and regulatory framework in the sectors of energy, transport and ICT supports the development of sectoral solutions, i.e. solutions with a limited degree of integration. However, for successful and accelerated implementation...
SCC-01-2015 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The EU policy and regulatory framework in the sectors of energy, transport and ICT supports the development of sectoral solutions, i.e. solutions with a limited degree of integration. However, for successful and accelerated implementation...
SCC-02-2014 Developing a framework for common, transparent data collection and performance measurement to allow comparability and replication between solutions and best-practice identification CALL CLOSED
ScopeTo develop a framework for common data and performance measurement collection system which should be open, transparent and allow comparability of solutions. It should consider KPI on energy, ICT and transport matters as well as joint indicators...
SCC-03-2015 Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions CALL CLOSED
ScopeToday the standards are developed for specific components or areas such as smart meters, smart grids, ICT etc. With the development of integrated solutions of Smart Cities and Communities a system approach is needed. Furthermore through standardisation...
SCC-04-2014 Establishing networks of public procurers in local administrations on smart city solutions CALL CLOSED
ScopeThese networks should aim at networking public procurement bodies in order to establish "buyers' groups" for innovative smart city solutions that improve the potential impact of the investment for cities and their citizens, and improve framework...
Cities across Europe are forerunners in the transition towards a low carbon and resource efficient economy. 68% of the EU population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is growing as the urbanisation trend continues, and using 70% of the energy. To meet the increasingly complex challenges of urban areas an integrated and sustainable response is needed. Within the context of this integrated and sustainable urban approach there is a requirement for new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in areas of energy, transport, and ICT. These solutions however require integrated approaches, both at the level of research and development of advanced technological solutions, as well as at the level of deployment. The first part concerns enhancing the development and validation of the technology as such, whereas the second part concerns the need for validation of new business cases and financing models, standardisation, scalability and replicability of the solutions, user acceptance and engagement.
The focus on smart cities technologies will result in commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential in areas such as energy efficient and smart buildings, neighbourhoods and communities; smart digital services for better-informed citizens; identification, optimisation and integration of flows (data, energy, people, goods); smart and sustainable digital infrastructures; smart and sustainable energy systems and smart mobility services including through the use of space-enabled applications. A powerful combination of this focus area and the EIP as a deployment mechanism will thus develop a strong pipeline of long-term, sustainable urban solutions in the EU, reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as in general improve the overall air quality.
As stated in the Communication on Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership, the EIP aims to:
- accelerate the roll-out of innovative technologies and services, organisational and economic solutions, for urban applications, which ask for a cross-sectorial approach to support the Europe-wide deployment of Smart Cities solutions
- disseminate the results of successful solutions to bridge innovation gaps and stimulate the convergence between value chains in the energy, transport and ICT sectors,
- support market oriented measures to validate and accelerate commercial deployment; and
- build constructively on the existing portfolio of "Smart Cities" initiatives, rationalising and consolidating them to ensure coherence between regulation and standards policies and project financing.
The challenge of deploying solutions related to the energy, transport and ICT sectors, including those which are at the intersection of these three sectors, in an urban environment is to overcome the local specificities. Consequently actions and actors which can ensure the transferability of solutions and create the framework for replicability of solutions should be prioritised and rewarded.
Therefore EU action for Smart Cities and Communities, with inputs from the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities, will focus on providing support to partnerships created between municipalities and industries which propose solutions answering to the complexity of projects in the intersection of the three sectors and which take actions for large scale deployment of those solutions in other cities across Europe.
This focus area is part of the societal challenges. Solutions proposed here need to be driven by demand side actors, while the generic technological platforms e.g. for smart lighting, the Internet of Things and cyber-security are being developed with strong industry drive in LEIT part of the programme.
The projects funded under the call "Smart Cities and Communities" of the Work Programme 2014-15 will participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 in line with the Commission's Open Access to research data policy for facilitating access, re-use and preservation of research data. Projects have the possibility to opt out of the Pilot. A related new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Further guidance on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available on the Participant Portal.