Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Smart Cities & Communities

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Sustainable development of urban areas is a challenge of key importance. It requires new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. However, these solutions need integrated approaches, both in terms of research and development of advanced technological solutions, as well as deployment.

The focus on Smart Cities Lighthouse projects will result in integrated commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential, in the field of energy, transport and ICT.

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 (p. 105 - 109) provides you with more details on funding opportunities for Smart Cities & Communities. 

Funding opportunities

There are currently no open calls for proposals. For a complete overview of all Horizon 2020 funding opportunities please visit the Funding and Tenders Portal.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic's page on the Funding and Tenders Portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation.

Submitted proposals can be still modified before the deadline of the call. INEA advises applicants to submit their proposals early and make cosmetic changes later on.

For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

More info

The Smart Cities and Communities call for project proposals was presented in detail during the Horizon 2020 Energy Info Day which took place in Brussels on 5 October 2018. Watch the recording for more info about the call.

For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Funding and Tenders Portal.