Over the past years we learned about the fact that if we want to serve our collective dreams, we need to share design thinking, making, and enacting to visualize and explore the future together. Almost every aspect of development can be improved with greater involvement of people and, hopefully, more value contributed by the design capabilities of many.

The best practice example is the Future Lab session under the European summit of local and regional communities. Lab sessions to co-design concepts for future projects are necessary to redesign and redefines traditional limits and explores new territories and unconventional practices and collaborations in science, politics and society.

The Future Lab is a virtual participatory moment for public authorities, researchers, businesses, and NGOs to explore funding opportunities under the Horizon Europe work programme & the New European Bauhaus. The lab’s format includes 4 round tables discussion where in the first stage, keynote speakers from the European Commission will provide information on new funding opportunities; in the second, participants will share some innovative ideas on the opportunities previously presented.

The round table sessions will take place on the 5th – 6th of May and are organized within the following thematic scope:
• 5th May, (11:00-12:45): Horizon Europe, Cluster 4 – Digital, Industry and Space
• 5th May, (11:00-12:45): Horizon Europe, Cluster 6 – Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources
• 6th May, (11:00-13:00): The New European Bauhaus – Co-creation Session
• 6th May, (11:00-13:00): Horizon Europe, Cluster 5 – Climate, Energy and Mobility

Let’s get inspired together and take your part at the summit to bring ideas and develop a common vision for a smarter tomorrow! All project coordinators are welcome to submit pitches for qualifying projects.

Submit your project according to the thematic areas above.
The deadline for submissions is 30th of April.

For further questions you can contact kamila.olchowicz@irradiare.com.



DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. Using a Digital Twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs. The project unites 36 partners from all over Europe at the project start in July 2020 and will offer two opportunities (open calls) for another 35-40 companies to join and receive funding from the European Commission.


FlexiGroBots project aims to build an open platform for flexible heterogeneous multi-robot systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGVs) for enhancing and optimising Precision Agriculture operations. The project will empower roboticist, engineers, and service providers to build and deploy flexible heterogeneous multi-robot systems in the Agri-Food Sector, while also providing various benefits to farmers around the world.
The outcomes of the project will be validated within three real-life pilots of significant economic value, posing different levels of complexity regarding crops, number and types of robots used from one side, and varying levels of complexity in relation to geographical regions, weather conditions and national regulations, on the other: Grapevines (Spain), Rapeseeds (Finland), and Blueberries (Serbia and Lithuania).


H2020 project Rubizmo deals with innovative business models in rural areas. The three and half years long project is coming to its end in October 2021 and has analysed over 100 innovative rural businesses across Europe. The multidisciplinary project team has looked the social, environmental and economic impact of rural businesses, studied their business environments and developed material to support entrepreneurs, business advisors and relevant public bodies.


CityZen responds to the growing number of cities and regions that recognize the benefits of urban farming for living sustainably and improving revenues. It aims to promote urban farming as a successful driving force for economic and social transformation by introducing the concept to policy makers. Various regional policies on green innovation and resource efficiency, like food security, waste management, community development and adaptation to climate change, are to be improved by integrating urban farming models and practices.


RURITAGE is a four-year-long EU-funded project, initiated June 2018, which strives to enable rural regeneration through heritage. The RURITAGE Systemic Innovation Areas (SIA), intended as drivers for regeneration and development, are Pilgrimage, Resilience, Sustainable Local Food Production, Integrated Landscape Management, Migration and Art and Festivals. Such SIAs constitute a paradigm of rural regeneration developed and tested within the project in more than 60 rural communities around the world.


UNISECO is a European research project aiming to develop innovative approaches to enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological practices in EU farming systems. The ambition and overarching objective is to strengthen the sustainability of European farming systems, through co-constructing improved and practice-validated strategies and incentives for the promotion of improved agro-ecological approaches. UNISECO addresses the work programme topic SFS-29-2017 and contributes to Sustainable Food Security by identifying and supporting farming systems that enable the production of healthy food while preserving the environment and bringing added value to farm households and the different stakeholders of the value chain.


BLUEfasma is about rethinking circularity. In particular, BLUEfasma aspires to trigger change in the fishing/aquaculture sector of Mediterranean islands and coastal areas by reinforcing the adaptation of Circular Economy (CE) practices. BLUEfasma tackles the challenges of continual depletion of natural resources and the low Mediterranean CE innovation performance in fishing/aquaculture by empowering innovation capacity of SMEs, maritime clusters/networks and Public Authorities to boost blue CE growth. BLUEfasma project was launched in November 2019 and ends in June 2022.


OASIS Schoolyards project: Openness, Adaptation, Sensitisation, Innovation and Social ties: Design and transformation of local urban areas adapted to climate change, working jointly with users. The OASIS project plans to transform 10 schoolyards into cool islands through innovative techniques, nature-based solutions, in an integrated approach.The transformations will emerge through a co-design process carried out with the pupils and the educational community, and develop the corresponding methodological tools. The results of this process will assist the City in defining the specifications for such interventions. This will be built with the expertise of a wide range of stakeholders, in an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach, to develop innovative technical solutions as well as opportunities to engage with the communities of the neighbourhoods.

NextGen Micro cities

The NextGen Micro cities project sets a standard for developing future jobs and 21st-century skills within and beyond Europe, offering new and innovative solutions for European micro cities. The project exploits the synergy between public, private sector, and related stakeholders by shaping the future together and encouraging even more ecosystems to take part, creating a spill-over effect in the development of the future society. Europe commonly struggles to match increasing demand for digitally-wise, highly-skilled labor with possibilities of an aging population, brain drain, and shortage of young talents outside the European large cities. Urban Innovative Actions Next Generation Micro cities of Europe is 10 partner, two cities Ventspils/Valmiera project with 6,25 million EUR budget.


The Integr@tención project aims at developing products and services for an autonomous life, resulting from R&D&i activities in cross-border areas, to ensure that elderly people with dependency, disability or chronic disease can be treated at home until end of life, if that is their wish.The goals will be achieved through the development and piloting of a joint model of attention and technology progress, which coordinates and aligns the chain of provision of proximity care and the design and deployment of innovative solutions, with the expectations, wishes and decisions of the person or end user.


The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.Activities are focusing on "Inclusive Cities", offering a high quality of life to residents. "Smart People" are playing a vital role in their city’s development. "Smart Economy" is an innovative and dynamic economic concept aiming at guaranteed employment and an adequate income, attracting talents and providing goods and services according to the actual requirements.


Several Structural Fund programmes include specific priorities on innovative mobility patterns and transport systems based on lower or zero CO2 emissions. Alternative fuel and e-mobility represent an excellent opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of economic activities in urban and extra-urban areas. e-MOPOLI aims to contribute to an efficient diffusion of e-mobility and alternative fuels mobility with improvement of 9 policy instruments set, 6 of which directly linked to Structural Funds, in Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Romania and Latvia.


The Orkney Islands (Scotland) have over 50 MW of installed wind, wave and tidal capacity, and produce over 100% of their electricity demand from RES. However, their electricity output is often limited by grid constraints, which reduces output and lowers income for local communities. With BIG HIT this otherwise curtailed capacity is used instead to produce ‘green’ hydrogen from electrolysis, which is transported across the islands and used for mobility, heat and power end-uses.


EPIU GETAFE Project develops the pilot project ENERGY POVERTY INTELLIGENCE UNIT (EPIU) to identify, address and fight hidden energy poverty. Innovation lies in the change in energy poverty attention, beyond monetary poverty: from reaction to prevention using data.The objective is to test a new intelligence detection system and to lunch a Transversal Unit for Energy Poverty Attention. Tailor Made Solutions will be developed at the three scales for a selection of affected homes, buildings and neighbourhoods.


INCIRCLE'S MISSION is to Enhance the sustainability and attractiveness of MED touristic insular and low-density areas through Circular Tourism, preserving the quality and availability of natural resources as well as improving the quality of life of residents & tourists." The project aims at capitalizing knowledge and available tools to test a new methodology that will apply the principles of circular economy to the tourism sector, with a focus on the needs of islands and low-density areas.


CIVITAS DESTINATIONS is a four-year Innovative Actions project co-funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Its main aim is the integration of sustainable tourism and mobility strategies through the development of a series of innovative solutions in six European islands. Through CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, Rethymno addresses mobility challenges in three main sectors; upgrading of the transport system, behavioural change and establishment of co-operative relations with local stakeholders. Rethymno has also secured additional funding for expanding infrastructure.

“ The European Summit for Smart Communities is our occasion to discuss, exchange knowledge, and design together the actions needed to build a more green, digital, cohesive, and resilient Europe. The Summit is a practical exercise to debate innovative actions to help territories recover from the current pandemic and discover new opportunities for more sustainable communities. I believe this Summit would be an unmissable occasion and a major opportunity to come together and build durable partnership between European regions and society’s multiple levels. I am very delighted to welcome you to the European Summit for Smart Communities, and I wish all participants fruitful debates and full success for the sake of the common good! ”

- José Calixto, President of ADRAL, Alentejo Development Agency