European projects

ADVANCITY is one of Europe’s leading sustainable city clusters. Our actions support members by facilitating access to European collaborative projects, some of which are for SMEs only.

In 2016, ADVANCITY was the winner of the H2020 URBAN-EU-CHINA (EU-China innovation platform on sustainable organization) project involving the following other partners:

  • China Center for urban development
  • China Academy of Urban Planning and Design
  • Tongi University
  • European Chamber of Commerce in China
  • University of Nottingham Ningbo
  • Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Studies Institute for systems integration
  • Leibniz Institute for environment
  • Eurocities

Download the project brochure



In late 2013, the European Commission launched the HORIZON 2020 programme. It is the main instrument for funding research and innovation to meet the priorities for EU competitiveness:

  • Excellent science (infrastructure, emerging technologies),
  • Industrial leadership (key generic and industrial technologies, access to risk financing, innovation in SMEs)
  • Societal challenges (health, smart transport, food security, social inclusion and security, climate change and efficient management of resources and raw materials).

What opportunities are there for SMEs in H2020?

  • H2020 will devote 15% of the total budget to the participation of SMEs

For purely collaborative programs, subsidies are 100% of direct costs for research and innovation, and 70% for actions close to the market.

SMEs can also receive European funding through the SME Instrument, linked to the Industrial Leadership pillar. This tool is aimed at “innovative and competitive” SMEs that can submit individual projects (no partnership required).

  • COSME is the specific instrument for SMEs (2.5 billion Euros), it aims to stimulate their capacities for innovation. This instrument will fund R&D and innovation projects led by European SMEs, the benefits of which should be significant in economic terms. It includes:
    • funding at each phase of the project. (From feasibility of commercialisation via prototyping)
    • Access to risk financing (borrowing and equity) support in linking with technology partners.
    • Administrative simplification measures to make SME participation easier.

French H2020 programme portal

H2020 portal

H2020 calls for projects

Questions? Need information?

The European Commission can answer your questions, contact them here.

Contact the national contact points for Horizon 2020. Responsible for sharing information and raising the research and innovation community’s awareness of European programs, these are the experts who answer your questions.

Their objectives

  • Informing and raising teams’ awareness of Horizon 2020 project funding opportunities;
  1. Assist, advise and train on the programme’s operating procedures;
  2. Point out the existence of and refer to other sources of funding (European and national) likely to better meet their needs, and refer to the support services for these funds.

Find your national contact point


feder_largeThe European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion within the European Union by correcting regional imbalances. The fund finances:

  • direct aid to invest in businesses (in particular SMEs) in order to create sustainable jobs;
  • infrastructure related in particular to research and innovation, telecommunications, the environment, energy and transport;
  • financial instruments (venture capital funds, local development funds, etc.) to support regional and local development and promote cooperation between cities and regions;
  • technical assistance measures.

For more information

Structural funds and H2020


In the Ile de France region? Visit the website of the Ile-de-France representation in the EU for any question related to actions carried out at European level.


sccCalls for Smart Cities and Communities 2016 projects are now open.

In the new cross cutting work program from the European Commission, you will find these SCC calls on pages 104 to 123, and IOT calls on pages 90 to 102.

On 15 October 2015, an “Information Day on European opportunities for your Smart Cities projects” was organised jointly by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research , the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and the Horizon 2020 National Contact Points. Presentations by speakers are now available on the French portal of the Horizon 2020 program.