Call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities H2020-SCC-2014 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • 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. To 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 to measure possible rebound effects and systemic values. Work has to build on results from CONCERTO, CIVITAS, the Green Digital Charter as well as the ICT-PSP pilots and could embrace other initiatives as the Green Button of the DoE in the US and 'The Social Energy Collective' in the Netherlands. In addition to methodologies and tools proposals should establish a framework for cities' cooperation to exchange best practices and compare achievements. Performance measurements should consider the solution's impact on greenhouse gas emission reductions, improved energy efficiency and increased integration of RES into a city's energy mix. Moreover quantification of economic, and possibly even social, performance of the solution at hand has to be included to evaluate the potential value for money and consumer engagement. In short, key performance indicators are to be developed at least along the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.


  • SCC-04-2014: Establishing networks of public procurers in local administrations on smart city solutions. These 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 conditions for innovation. These networks will help public procurers to increase their capacity to undertake a better coordinated and articulated dialogue with suppliers about future needs by exchanging experience in procurement practices and strategies and by undertaking joint or coordinated actions. The networks must have core set of deliverables (additional actions can also be proposed): - identifying procurement around a common need by European cities for which goods and services at the intersection of ICT, energy and transport in urban areas are bought as investment; - prepare a number of formats/scenarios for possible future joint procurements; assessing the state-of-the art of potentially available solutions by developing different approaches for "market consultations" involving the supply chain (paying special attention to SMEs and locally-based businesses); - carrying out legal work to ensure that the procurement of innovative solutions complies with European and national law; - improving procurement capabilities by joint trainings, workshops and other networking activities.


  • SCC-01-2014: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects. 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 in real environments such as urban ones - that also have to take into account local specificities the test of integrated measures will pave the way for faster market roll-out of technologies. The key challenges for Smart Cities and Communities are to significantly increase the overall energy efficiency of cities, to exploit better the local resource both in terms of energy supply as well as through the demand side measures. This will imply the use of energy efficiency measures optimising at the level of districts, the use of renewables, the sustainability of urban transport and the needed drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas - within economically acceptable conditions - while ensuring for citizens better life conditions: lower energy bills, swifter transport, job creation and as a consequence a higher degree of resilience to climate impacts (e.g. urban heat islands effects) etc.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 92,32 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 07 May 2014 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • CALL – Smart cities and communities (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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