The Horizon Europe Norwegian Urban Partnership has submitted a supporting document for the Green Deal call 'Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities'

The position paper builds on the experiences of the Norwegian roadmap on smart sustainable cities and communities, developed by Nordic Edge, Design & Architecture Norway and the network of Norwegian smart cities (Smartbyene).

  • We urge the European Commission to encompass a larger degree of open innovation principals in the final call to facilitate for large-scale pilots rather than expensive, one-off prototypes.
  • An open innovation approach could furthermore benefit from attracting additional financial stakeholders.
  • The final call does encompasses social innovation, however we advocate for a more people centred approach, which takes into account individual differences. We therefore suggest that the final platform accommodates for citizen inclusion.
  • The importance of the physical city should also be integrated with the digital, technical and social innovation.
  • Expanding on the Norwegian Roadmap on smart and sustainable cities and communities the final call should base the platform on real problem areas and needs in the public sector.
  • Through the emphasis on social innovation, community developers can play a proactive role in business development.


Horizon Europe Norwegian Urban Partnership

The HEU NUP partnership is:

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Stavanger (UiS), Nordic Edge and Smartbyene.

The aim is to develope a long-term, cross-regional, quadruple helix ecosystem to influence the development and implementation of urban-related challenges in Horizon Europe.