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TOPIC : Developing a framework for common, transparent data collection and performance measurement to allow comparability and replication between solutions and best-practice identification

Topic identifier: SCC-02-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 07 May 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Scope: 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.

The work has to consider existing European initiatives such as the Reference Framework for sustainable Cities and the international dimension, notably the CityProtocol and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) initiatives.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.5 to 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

  • Involvement of society in data management processes of cities according to the value of information and improvement of level of trust of citizens.
  • Stimulate market for data-enabled services/solutions (supporting entrepreneurship).
  • Improved territorial knowledge for smart city planning.
  • Recommendations to policy makers for collecting new sources of data and possibly form the basis for policy recommendations for a 'smart city index'.

Type of action:Coordination and Support Actions

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1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

[Specific provisions and funding rates]
[Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)]
[Standard evaluation form]
[Annotated Model Grant Agreement - General]

7. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
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Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Additional documents

  • Flash Call Info en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 10. Secure, clean and efficient energy en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • BEST Table en
  • FAQ en

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