Given the difficult situation currently faced by European countries with the spread of COVID-19, the deadline for the submission for ICC Expressions of Interest has been extended to the 29th of May 2020. Accordingly, the deadline for the pre-screening of applications is extended to the 18th of May 2020, and we have added new webinar dates. The situation will continue to be monitored and any further updates will be communicated on our website.
To find out more about the European Commission's response to COVID-19 visit the Commission's Coronavirus Response page.
Shaping the cities of tomorrow
In 2017 the European Commission launched the Digital Cities Challenge to help 41 cities across the EU transform their digital policy to make their urban space more enjoyable for everyone. This year the Commission is going a step further to help 100 cities become greener, more social and smarter in the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC).
Cities shape the future of the EU. 72% of EU citizens live in them (United Nations). And city ecosystems are powerful actors of change. 50% of the reductions necessary to reach net zero can be achieved at city level (C40). The right technologies targeted to the right problems can deliver green, smart and sustainable growth for cities - improving the quality of life for everyone who calls them home.
ICC will unite EU cities in seizing the opportunity for green smart sustainable growth, improving the quality of life and fostering new opportunities for citizens. 100 cities will receive world-class support - in person, online, and as a community. The call for Expressions of Interest is now open.
Expert advice tailored to your city
Community conventions - for action over talk
Online toolbox to activate enablers
Mentoring to make partnerships - at home and abroad
The program includes:
In order to be eligible, applicants must comply with the following:
- Be from an EU Member State;
- Be a local public government entity (i.e. municipalities, districts) that are either responsible for or involved in the funding and/or implementation of a policy or programme of a city related to digital transformation, smart / intelligent city, sustainable urban development;
- Represent cities with more than 50 000 inhabitants, unless you are applying as part of a city consortium;
- Submit the application form in English. Applications submitted in any other language will be excluded;
- Submit the application within the stipulated deadline;
- Include a letter of support by the Mayor(s);
- Be able to dedicate 3 people for two days a week - one from the city, two representatives from the local ecosystem - for execution of this high-priority initiative.
Are you a city outside of the EU?
Are you a city located outside the EU but still interested in delivering your intelligent city aspirations? We would like to engage a small group of select international participants within the programme. A separate application process will be launched for these cities. If you would like to register your interest in advance, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you already advanced in your intelligent city journey?
Are you relatively advanced in your intelligent city journey, and would like to support participants on this programme in learning from your experiences? We are keen to hear from mentors - EU or international - of all city sizes. We would love to discuss opportunities with you. Please email: email@example.com
|Intelligent Cities Challenge open for applications||27 February 2020|
|Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 5 Join||31 March 2020, 2:00PM (CET)|
|Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 6 Join||14 April 2020, 2:00PM (CET)|
|Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 7 Join||28 April 2020, 2:00PM (CET)|
|Application Tips and Advice - Webinar 8 Join||05 May 2020, 2:00PM (CET)|
|Pre-screening of applications||2 March 2020 - 18 May 2020, 11:59PM (CET)|
|Final deadline for applications||29 May 2020, 11:59PM (CET)|
|Announcement of selected cities||w/c 12 June 2020|
|Delivery of individual assessments||w/c 26 June 2020|
Interested in applying? Want to join a webinar to get advice and tips for your application?
The Intelligent Cities Challenge Expression of Interest (EOI) form must be filled and submitted online. You will need to register to apply or to join one of our informative webinars.
Click below to download the ICC Concept Note, the Guide for Applicants and a copy of the EOI form to find out more about the programme and the application process.
Digital Cities Challenge Achievements
ICC builds on the successful Digital Cities Challenge, which saw 41 cities create a vision, strategy and roadmap for their digital transformation
High Level Conference: A strategy for EU cities in the 21st century
Good practice case studies