Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 was a European Union programme for financing research and innovation for 2014-2020 with a budget of nearly 80 billion euros. It was the successor to Horizon Europe.

You can find all the news, events and programme details and other information on the archived webpage of Horizon 2020 ↗︎.

Financed projects

Advancing the Resilience of Historic Areas against Climate-related and other Hazards (ARCH) Project


The Advancing the Resilience of Historic Areas against Climate-related and other Hazards (ARCH) International project supported by the EU HORIZON 2020 grant – a framework programme of the EU to support research and innovation, focusing on applied research, studies of risks to historic city centres and heritage sites from adverse climate-related changes, such as flooding due to rainfall, droughts, and increasing average temperature with application of the results to the needs of urban development and land-use planning.

The project included the pilot cities of Bratislava, Camerino (IT), Valencia (ES) and Hamburg (DE). The project’s objective is analysis of the status quo and vulnerability assessment of historic and culturally important locations in the capital (in part, also from the natural perspective) with the goal of proposing suitable adaptation procedures and their implementation in land-use planning or the process of evaluating investments and drawing up strategic documents of the city. The project partners are the City Monuments Preservation Institute in Bratislava (MUOP) and the Department of Natural Sciences of Comenius University (PriF UK).

Total budget of the project grant: € 5,999,963 – of which €196,125 is allocated for the City of Bratislava as the project partner; 100% financing via the EU funds (MUOP grant: € 169,063, PriF UK grant: € 132,500).

Project execution: 1.6.2019 – 31.8.2022 (39 months)

Specialised guarantor of the project with Bratislava City Hall: Office of Chief Architect, [email protected]

Project Management: Department of Strategy and Projects, [email protected]

ATELIER – Amsterdam Bilbao citizen-driven smart cities

Logo Atelier

The AmsTErdam BiLbao cItizen-drivEn smaRt cities (ATELIER) project focuses on Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) with the primary ambitions of sustainability and carbon neutrality, executed in eight European cities – the two Lighthouse Cities of Amsterdam (NL) and Bilbao (ES) and the six Fellow Cities of Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Matosinhos (PG), and Riga.

The project includes thirty partners from eleven European countries and introduces innovative solutions integrating buildings with smart mobility and technologies and producing more energy than they consume. In this way, the project makes an energy surplus of 1,340 MWh of primary energy and saves 1.7 kt of CO2 and 23 t of NOx emissions. The fellow cities (Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Matosinhos,and Riga) will replicate and adjust the successfully implemented solutions and serve as the testing locations for future smart cities.

To be successful in implementing the energy saving measures, the ATELIER project places the citizens at the centre of all its activities. The residents, local initiatives and energy associations will form part of the decision-making processes and activities and will engage in the development of technical solutions over the course of the project. Citizens will be involved in the innovation ateliers with the aim of making maximum impact on PED development.

Total EC contribution to the project: 19 607 835,58€

Total contribution from the budget of the City of Bratislava: 384 687,50€

Financing ratio of EC funds received by the City of Bratislava: 100%

Authorised expenses: Personálne náklady osôb zapojených do projektu, cestovné náklady na účasť na projektových stretnutiach, ako aj ďalšie nepriame náklady spojené s realizáciou projektu.

Project execution: 1.11.2019 – 31.10.2024 (60 mesiacov)

Specialised guarantor of the project with Bratislava City Hall: Oddelenie energetického manažmentu, [email protected]

Project partners:

  • cities: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Matosinhos (Portugal), Riga (Latvia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Krakow (Poland),
  • Tecnalia (Spain), TNO (Netherlands), Cartif (ES), De Waag Society (Netherlands), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Paul Scherrer Institute (SW), Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany), DEUSTOTECH (Spain), Cluster Bilbao (Spain), IBERDROLA (Spain), TELUR (Spain), EVE (Spain), SPECTRAL (Netherlands), Republica Development VOF (Netherlands), Developer Poppies Location (Netherlands), Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (Netherlands), Waternet (Netherlands), DNV-GL (Netherlands), Greenchoice (Netherlands), Civiesco (Italy), Zabala Innovation Consulting (ES), Fraunhofer ITWM (Germany).

The coordinator of the project consortium is the City of Amsterdam.

The project was financed by the research and innovation programme of the EU Horizon 2020 based on grant agreement No. 864374.

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DecarbCityPipes 2050 – pilot projects of decarbonisation and increased energy efficiency of heat distribution systems and pipe networks of cities

Logo Decarb City Pipes 2050

The urgent climate situation requires the leaders of all governing regions to act swiftly and effectively. This project proposal is the first to unite cities all over Europe in drawing up feasible, spatially differentiated plans for the transition to decarbonisation of building heating and cooling by 2050, with the goal of the gradual termination of use of natural gas in heating.

The industry’s transition to energy-efficient, renewable and carbon-free solutions is crucial to meeting the EU’s goals in climate and energy. Due to the long lifecycle of the respective network infrastructures, it is essential to start planning the transition today. But how? As soon as possible? Which systems? How to manage the process?

Energy systems are becoming more complex and the related technological uncertainty requires a high level of knowledge and skills in order to act reasonably. The cities are not equipped for that. They lack the capacities and skills, as well as the legal options to act.

Decarb City Pipes 2050 introduces a way for municipal authorities to succeed in this challenge. Bilbao, Bratislava, Dublin, Munich, Rotterdam, Vienna, and Winterthur – seven cities, pioneers and beginners, joining forces to learn from each other and to come up with innovative responses together. They research ways suited to their local challenges and develop skills in data use, planning, technological and economical tools, and know-how in process and transition management.

This participative process of the parties involved develops tangible transition plans and builds trust and resolve in their implementation. The cities and public institutions exchange knowledge in deep peer-to-peer sessions in order to benefit from other perspectives, progress stages and planning traditions. Together, they will defend the necessary changes to framework terms. The project has a helpful advisory board and aims to support more than 220 public officials and improve more than 50 policies. Ultimately, it seeks to motivate and support more than 80 other cities in starting similar initiatives of their own.

Total EC contribution to the project: 1 894 032,50€

Total contribution of budget of the City of Bratislava: 33 250€

Financing ratio of EC funds received by the City of Bratislava: 100%

Authorised expenses: Personnel costs of persons involved in the project, travelling costs (to workshops and seminars), as well as other indirect costs related to project performance.

Project execution:  1. júla 2020 – 31. augusta 2023 (38 mesiacov)

Specialised guarantor of the project with Bratislava City Hall: Department of Energy Management

Contacts: [email protected]

Project partners: Urban Innovation Vienna Gmbh Cities: Vienna, Rotterdam, Bilbao, Bratislava, Munich, and Winterthur City Of Dublin Energy Management Agency Limited (CODEMA) Energy Cities/Energie-Cites Association Universiteit Utrecht Hogskolan I Halmstad (Halmstad University)

The project was financed by the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 based on grant agreement No. 893509.

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RESIN – Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures


The goal of the RESIN project is to provide standardised methodologies to assess the vulnerability of cities in terms of climate change, to assess the efficiency of adaptation measures, the creation of tools supporting decision-making processes and establishing strategies for the adaptation of cities to climate change.

The project is wholly financed by a grant from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020 – the framework programme for research and innovations (2014-2020) in the total volume of € 7,466,004.50, of which € 210,988.75 represents a project grant for the City of Bratislava.

Duration of project: 1.5.2015 – 31.12.2018

The RESIN project is an interdisciplinary project with the goal of examining the resilience of European cities against the consequences of climate change. The project is based on the processes of the mutual creation and exchange of experience of scientific workers and city representatives, aiding the creation of practical and readily usable tools to support the cities dealing with adaptation to climate change.

The project connects four “case” cities (Bratislava, Bilbao, Manchester and Paris) which confirm the practical feasibility and repeatability of the methods established, and cooperate with European standardisation organisations in order to establish systematic (normative) procedures, increasing the practical usability of the results, established procedures and methodologies.

Project partners: Seventeen partners from eight European countries are involved in the project.

  • ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (Local Governments for Sustainability), non-profit organisation (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer Institute - FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V., research organisation – applied research (Germany)
  • The University of Manchester - public research organisation (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Tecnalia - FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, private research organisation - applied research (Spain)
  • EIVP - École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris – public academic and research organisation (France)
  • Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • cities: Paris, Manchester, Bilbao and Bratislava
  • consultancy and research companies in IT and standardisation: ARCADIS NEDERLAND BV. , NEN (the Netherlands), ITTI SP ZOO (Poland), STICHTING NEDERLANDS NORMALISATIE-INSTITUUT, private foundation (the Netherlands), BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE – KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI, non-profit research association (Spain), SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT OESTERREICH, a.s. (Austria), SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, a.s. (Germany), UNIRESEARCH BV, business company (the Netherlands).

The project’s partners cooperate with the cities in establishing a methodical approach to support the Impact and Vulnerability Analysis of Vital Infrastructures and Built-Up Areas (IVAVIA). The accompanying software will be helpful in demonstrating how users can use the tool in various phases of the adaptation process (according to the IVAVIA methodology).

The City of Bratislava uses the IVAVIA methodical approach to fulfil the goals of the Adaptation Action Plan of the City of Bratislava to the adverse consequences of the climate change, with the aim being assessment of the city’s vulnerability to climate change impacts, such as increased average temperature and heatwaves, intense rainfall and drought.

Specialised guarantor of the project with Bratislava City Hall: Office of Chief Architect, [email protected]

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