CALL: SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Call identifier: H2020-SCC-2016-2017 Publication date: 14 October 2015
European cities are forerunners in the transition towards a low carbon and resource efficient economy. A fast growing percentage (currently 72%) of the EU population lives in urban areas, using 70% of our energy. Quality of city life and the attractiveness of cities as environments for learning, innovation, doing business and job creation are now key parameters for success in the global competition for talent, growth and investments.
Key challenges for Smart and Sustainable Cities are to provide solutions to significantly increase cities' overall energy and resource efficiency through actions addressing the building stock, energy systems, mobility, climate change, water and air quality. Such actions should bring profound economic, social and environmental impacts, resulting in a better quality of life (including health and social cohesion), competitiveness, jobs and growth.
This “Smart and Sustainable Cities” cross-cutting focus area has the aim of bringing together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope will include the creation of urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services, innovative nature-based solutions and showcasing economic viability.
Particular focus will be on creating the right enabling frameworks for large-scale innovation at urban scale, including the development and testing of new business, financing and governance models that allow for quick replication at scale.
This cross-cutting call on Smart and Sustainable Cities comprises two distinct but mutually reinforcing parts.
Smart Cities and Communities (SSC1) focusses on demonstrating sustainable, cost-effective and replicable district-scale solutions at the intersection of energy and transport enabled by ICT. They should integrate smart homes and buildings, energy efficiency measures, very high shares of renewables, smart energy grids, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart charging infrastructures.
The call continues with the 'lighthouse city' approach of the Smart Cities calls since 2014. The 2020 goal is to have a significant number of new lighthouse cities of all sizes all over Europe, in a very large number of Member States with various, climatic and economical positions.
Sustainable cities though Nature-based solutions (SSC2-4) focusses on providing evidence that re-naturing of cities through the deployment of innovative, locally adapted, systemic solutions - that are inspired and supported by nature - can be a cost-effective and economically viable way to make cities more sustainable, resilient, greener, and healthier.
This will also help to increase their attractiveness for citizens, new economic activities and investments. The replication of successfully demonstrated solutions can be further spread by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.
09 August 2016 11:35
Please note that the latest information on results (Flash Call Info) for the topic SCC-02-2016, corresponding to the first stage of the two stage call (that closed on 8 March 2016) can be found in the "Additional Documents" section of this topic.
Please note that the latest information on results (Flash Call Info) for the topics SCC-03-2016 and SCC-04-2016 corresponding to the single stage call (that closed on 8 March 2016) can be found in the "Additional Documents" section of these topics.
03 August 2016 16:32
A revised version of the Work programme 2016-2017 has been adopted in 25/07/2016.
The main changes in the call Smart and Sustainable Cities sub-call Sustainable Cities through Nature-based solutions concern:
- New eligibility criteria for SCC-02-2016-2017: "A city acting as a 'front-runner city' in a demonstration project funded in the context of 'Sustainable cities through nature-based solutions' can be funded only once over the course of the entire Horizon 2020."
- Increase in available budget for SCC-02-2017.
- Changes in the challenge, scope or impact description of several topics related with the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
01 August 2016 17:53
Please note that the latest information on results (Flash Call Info) for the topic SCC-1-2016-2017 (that closed on 5 April 2016) can be found in the "Additional Documents" section of this topic.
25 July 2016 17:35
The evaluation of proposals for call H2020-SCC-NBS-OneStage-2016 is now complete. A total of eight proposals were evaluated for this call of which four passed the evaluation thresholds. The breakdown for each topic or group of topics is shown below:
SCC-03: 7 evaluated, 3 above-threshold, 2 mainlisted
SCC-04: 1 evaluated, 1 above-threshold, 1 mainlisted
20 May 2016 15:02
Call H2020-SCC-NBS-2016. Deadline 08/03/2016:
The evaluation of first stage proposals is now complete. The coordinators of proposals who failed to pass to the second stage have been informed in writing, and have each received an Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) setting out scores and comments.
The “Flash info” published on the Participant Portal shows the key statistics related to this call, including number of proposals submitted, the number evaluated, and the number passing the thresholds and thus invited to the second stage.
For successful first stage applicants, it is important to uphold the principle of equal treatment, and to ensure that all have a chance to benefit from the comments of experts. Therefore, instead of an ESR, this generalised feedback is provided now to all applicants invited to submit a full proposal at the second stage. You are kindly requested to take this feedback into account when preparing your full proposal.
At the second stage you have a chance to address or clarify issues that should convince the second stage experts. Some or all of these experts may not be the same as those who reviewed your outline proposal.
Summary of main shortcomings in first stage successful proposals
• The criteria for selecting the involved cities and the link among them were not always sufficiently explained.
• The nature-based solutions in the 'front-runner' cities, and their integration in urban and land use planning, were not always clearly identified.
• The involvement of local authorities from the 'front-runner' and 'follower' cities was not always clear in the proposals.
• Targets and measurable indicators to convincingly demonstrate how the projects will contribute to all the expected impacts of the call were not always adequately presented.
• Explanations on how the projects will address regulatory, economic, social and technical barriers to the solutions missed often sufficient detail.
• Social Sciences and Humanities and Gender issues (gender-flagged topic) were not always adequately considered.
18 May 2016 16:21
Call H2020-SCC-NBS-2016. Deadline 08/03/2016:
Flash information on the CALL results (flash call info)
Call for proposals: H2020-SCC-NBS-2016-TwoStage, first stage
Call Title: Smart and Sustainable Cities
Deadline: 08.03.2016 (first stage)
Indicative budget available: EUR 40 million
Budget per topic/type of action with separate ‘call-budget-split’:
• SCC-02 -2016: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience in cities / IA: EUR 40 million
The Agency EASME has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the above-mentioned call. The following overall thresholds were applied:
• SCC-02-2016: Overall threshold applied 8.5
The results of the evaluation are as follows:
• SCC-02-2016: 35 proposals submitted, 13 above thresholds
Total number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls): 35
Total number of inadmissible proposals: 0
Total number of ineligible proposals: 1
Total number of above-threshold proposals: 13
Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals: 161.2 million
We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.
Above-threshold proposals have been invited to submit a full proposal by 06.09.2016
Information on the selected projects will be published on CORDIS after that date.
Please note that the number of proposals that can finally be funded will depend on the finally available budget and the formal selection by the Agency.
For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service .
06 April 2016 09:35
Call H2020-SCC-2016. Deadline 05/04/2016:
A total of 9 proposals were submitted in response to this call for the topic SCC-1-2016-2017 (IA) for Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects.
09 March 2016 09:02
Call H2020-SCC-NBS-2016. Deadline 08/03/2016
A total of 46 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:
- 08 December 2015 00:30 The submission session is now available for: SCC-1-2016-2017(IA)
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