Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Smart Cities & Communities

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

The call for project proposals is open for applications until 5 February 2019 at 17:00 (Brussels time).

Call idenfitifer Total budget Budget per project*
LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020 €83 M €15-20 M

For a complete overview of all Horizon 2020 funding opportunities please visit the Participant Portal.


How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic's page on the Participant 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 will be presented in detail during the Horizon 2020 Energy Info Day taking place in Brussels on 5 October 2018.

If you want to attend it, register soon - the numer of seats is limited. The event will be also recorded and streamed live. Both physical and virtual participants will have a chance to ask their questions.

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 Participant Portal.