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ERA-NET COFUND Smart Cities and Communities

Within ERA-NET COFUND (European Research Area Network co-funded by the European Commission), a transnational call on Smart Cities and Communities started on 2014. Awarded projects are now in the implementation phase.

Due to the fact that Smart Cities and Communities have been identified as key players for achieving the European 2020 energy targets, the main objective of this ERA-NET COFUND initiative is to stimulate successful practice and facilitate replicability within and across Smart Cities implementation projects in order to achieve a technological shift in the current energy system and provide smart and integrated solutions for urban communities.

The ERA-NET COFUND Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) is a joint effort of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe and the Smart Cities Member States Initiative. The ENSCC brings together 16 national and regional RTD funding agencies from 12 countries, with the aim of launching a call for tenders and financing transnational cooperation projects. The European Commission supports the ERA-NET COFUND within the Horizon 2020 funding scheme.

Following four call topics were defined:

  • Smart integrated urban energy and transport systems
  • Smart tools and services for integrated urban energy and transport systems
  • Smart data, big data
  • Smart governance and smart citizens


Time schedule (2014-2019)

Call open 11th december 2014
Pre-proposal deadline 17th march 2015
Invitations for applicants to submit full proposal may 2015
Full proposal deadline 15th september 2015
Funding decisions announced december 2015
Start of projects december 2015 - march 2016
Project Running Time (3 years)  2016-2019

As of February 2018, 17 projects are currently being implemented:


smartcities: Europe