The First Open Call Round
The first CommuniCity Open Call is now public!
The First Open Call is up for applications from 28 February to 31 March 2023. The aim of the call is to find innovative digital technologies addressing the needs of the partnering cities, namely Amsterdam, Helsinki and Porto. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, CommuniCity Consortium seeks to engage companies, citizens and associations to participate in a process of co-creation, which results in better quality of life for citizens and especially for the members of marginalised communities.
CommuniCity Open Call process is divided into three rounds. Each round consists of several individual calls that are organised and operated by host cities. During this first open call round the host cities are Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland) and Porto (Portugal). Each of these cities has identified specific local challenges and is prepared to run up to six national pilots that aim to solve these challenges.
Open Call 1 Starts
Open Call 1 Closes
Evaluation & Results
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:
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. Due to the fact that grant payments are handled by these cities, each of the cities has their own Call for Applications document as well as Piloting Contract.
The applications are submitted with an online form which is available on the pages below. The applications must be submitted by 31 March 2023 by 17 CET together with all the required attachments.
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
CommuniCity Consortium also has launched a Matchmaking Tool in order to facilitate the matchmaking between the potential piloting team members by sharing information on expertise and resources needed or offered. When you spot a company, association or a person that you wish to contact, please send an email to email@example.com. You will receive the contact details within three business days. If you wish to utilise the Matchmaking Tool, please fill in the Matchmaking form.
Q&A page answers the questions sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.