Our vision

GrowSmarter: transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe

In a rapidly urbanising world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication.

The idea is to create a ready market for these smart solutions to support growth and the transition to a smart, sustainable Europe.

Look at our publications and webinar presentations about the smart solutions.

An overview of how the project works is given below:


12 smart solutions

An integrated approach is key to our roll out of 12 ‘smart solutions’.

Together with 20+ industrial partners smart technologies related to energy, mobility and infrastructure are being rolled out on our chosen sites

The idea is to create a business case to initiate market roll out in the Follower Cities and the rest of Europe.

3 Lighthouse Cities

The 3 Lighthouse Cities aim to show how 'smart' can work in practice.

 Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona - have each selected a site in their city where the 12 smart solutions will be rolled out over the next five years.

They will be documenting their journey with regular news updates which you can follow online.

Targets & evaluation

GrowSmarter takes a holistic approach to sustainable growth.

The 12 solutions are designed to meet the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental concerns.

Targets related to jobs, energy usage and transport emissions have been set as part of our ongoing evaluation.    

Knowledge replication

Knowledge exchange and transfer is key to the success of GrowSmarter. 

Five Follower Cities will closely monitor the Lighthouse Cities to learn from their experiences, to identify measures suitable for their specific local context.

As part of the project they will develop a smart city replication plan tailored to their local needs.



Project duration & funding

The GrowSmarter project was one of three projects chosen from over 19 submissions to receive support from the European Commission’s in the first call for ‘Smart cities and communities’ under the Horizon 2020 funding stream.

All Smart City and Community (SCC1) projects funded under Horizon2020 can be found here.

All SCC1 projects have joined forces and signed a common manifesto on strategic collaboration governance and roadmap. The manifesto sets out a framework that aims to embed collaboration among the SCC01 consortiums, both for the current 2016 SCC01s and any future consortiums. The manifesto signed by SCC projects can be viewed here

GrowSmarter kicked off on 1 January 2015 and will run until 31 December 2019. This project has received €25 million in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 

“Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding. 

It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.” Excerpt from the Horizon2020 website