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The First Open Call Round

The first CommuniCity Open Call is closed


February 28
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Up to 18 applications to be awarded with grants

During the first CommuniCity Open Call round, the maximum number of 18 applications will be awarded with a grant of 12.500 Euros. In addition to this grant, it is expected that additional financial contributions and other resources are allocated to the pilots by the piloting teams. These resources may consist of direct monetary support, or in-kind contributions.

In addition to addressing the city-specific challenges with sufficient resources, applications are expected to contribute to the following outcomes as outlined in the EU Horizon Call:

  • Increased societal uptake of new technologies and knowledge-based solutions, achieved through better understanding of societal needs and higher societal acceptance.
  • Increased place-based innovation and experimentation, through testing of up to 100 innovative new solutions in partnership with cities and local communities, research and industry, drawing on local characteristics and strengths.
  • Increased innovation capacity across Europe, through new models of co-creation and exchange of good practices and learning from experimentation, so that innovative solutions are shared and adapted to the needs of local communities.

10 challenges defined by the partnering cities

For the first CommuniCity Open Call, cities of Amsterdam, Helsinki and Porto have identified challenges that are of particular interest to their respective cities.  Applications document as well as Piloting Contract.


What happens after submitting the application?

All the eligible applications will be evaluated in a transparent manner by the cities of Amsterdam, Helsinki and Porto. The evaluation juries are appointed by these cities and they consist of 3–5 expert members. The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the excellence and impact of the proposed solutions. Also the capacity of the piloting team to deliver the pilot with the defined resources are evaluated together with the co-creation capacities.

All eligible applicants will receive scores for their application after the evaluation has been completed by the end of April 2023. The evaluation criteria and the detailed assessment process are described in the Call for Applications documents. The awarded applicants will receive a Piloting Contract together with their scores and further information on the piloting process by email.

Once the Piloting Contracts have been signed, the experimentation phase is launched in May 2023. Each of the host cities has the responsibility to ensure that pilot activities are carried out in accordance with CommuniCity objectives, in addition to addressing the locally identified needs and requirements of their region. During the 1–5-month piloting period, the CommuniCity Consortium partners will provide the piloting teams with various levels of support to ensure they deliver their solutions in an agreed manner, within the budget and in due time. It is expected that all the pilots are finalised by the end of September 2023.

Support for the Applicants

Q&A page answers the questions sent by email to In order to be transparent and deliver equally the same information for all the applicants at the same time, all the questions presented will be made public on this page. Questions are answered collaboratively by the CommuniCity Consortium partners within three working days.