Since its foundation, URENIO has participated in more than 100 research projects. The Lab is mainly involved in competitive projects from the European R&D Framework Programmes (FP, H2020) and the programmes of territorial cooperation (Interreg, MED, SEE). We have participated in numerous projects funded by national and international research organisations and the European Commission. Research carried out in the Lab is acknowledged by leading organizations in this field. It is among the academic organizations promoting research in the field of intelligent cities, having introduced the concept of intelligent cities as physical-digital territorial systems of innovation and the most advanced innovation-led agglomerations. Some research projects carried out are listed below:

ONLINE S3: Online Platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice.

Duration: 24 months (2016-2018).
Total budget: 3.981.500,00€.
Project coordination: RTDI Spain.

ONLINE-S3 developed an e-policy platform, augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services, able to assist national and regional authorities in the EU to elaborate their smart specialisation agenda. The project investigated, developed and tested new and innovative technologies, tools and e-services which are in line with the methodological steps of smart specialisation strategies proposed by the European Commission. Authorities, researchers and leading IT labs and companies in the 4 pilots were able to use the solutions created and support the advancement of knowledge-based policy advice.


STORM – Clouds: Surfing Towards the Opportunity of Real Migration to cloud-based Public Services.

Duration: 36 months (2014-2017).
Total budget: 3.804.000,00€.
Project coordination: ASI

STORM CLOUDS aims at deeply exploring how the needed shift by Public Authorities to a cloud-based paradigm in service provisioning should be addressed, mainly from the point of view of the end-users, and taking full advantage of edge ICT. The purpose of STORM CLOUDS is to define useful guidelines on how to address the cloudification process in order to accelerate it, for Public Authorities and policy makers. These guidelines are based on direct experimentation in 4 European cities, creating a set of relevant use cases and best practices. By doing so, STORM CLOUDS delivers a consolidated cloud-based services portfolio validated by citizens and Public Authorities in different cities and, at the same time, general and interoperable enough to be transferred and deployed in other European cities not taking part in our project, as well as scaled up to wider geographical scopes. This portfolio is mainly created from applications and technologies delivered by other CIP-PSP and FP7 projects, as well as resulting from innovation efforts from SMEs.


ΜΑΙΝ: Mastering innovation in Serbia: Development and implementation of interdisciplinary post-graduate curricula in innovation management.

European Commission – TEMPUS IV
Duration: 36 months (2013-2017).
Total budget: 859.210,00€.
Project coordination: University of Novi Sad

The general objective of the project is to foster Serbian innovative capacity by modernizing Serbian HE system and providing sustainable source of high-quality human resources. The project will achieve this by developing and realizing interdisciplinary postgraduate curricula in the field of innovation management based on best practices from existing EU study programs and according to the Bologna requirements at Serbian HE.


SMART SPECIALISATION: Plan of Smart Regional Specialization for the promotion of competitiveness, research and innovation.

European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.
Total budget: 2.279.974, 86€.
Duration: 24 months (2013-2015).

The Programme aims at a stronger and more sustainable economic and social developmental borderline with a Strategic Goal “to promote the cross-border area by ensuring regional cohesion and enhancing competitiveness”. Under the Strategic call Projects are oriented towards the confrontation of strategically common, complex and innovative regional development issues.


INNOLAB: Innovation Laboratories

TEMPUS Project Duration: 36 months (2012-2015).
Total budget: 919.502,36€.
Project coordination: Bradford University, UK

Innovation Laboratories: using an open innovation learning platform & action research in enterprise education in order to enhance the engagement & innovative capabilities of Universities in Ukrainian Society. European Commission.


P2T.20: Passport to Trade 2.0

Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo Da Vinci, DG Education and Culture.
Duration: 24 months (2012-2014).
Project coordination: Center for Enterprise and Innovation Research, University of Salford.

PEOPLE: Pilot smart urban Ecosystems leveraging Open innovation for Promoting and enabLing future E-Services.

FP7, DG Information Society and Media. Grant Agreement No: 271027.
Duration: 24 months (2010-2013).
Total budget: 3.699.998,00€.
Project coordination: ANOVA IT Consulting

PEOPLE aims at speeding up the uptake of smart cities through the rapid implementation, deployment and uptake of innovative internet-based services in order to allow facing the main challenges of developed cities at present and towards their future quality of life. This will be enabled by designing and implementing user-driven open innovation methodologies and processes. For these purposes, four pilot Smart Open Innovation Urban Ecosystems were created to become seeds towards sustainable smart cities based on ICT services for the people to live better at. They are called PEOPLE Pilots, and they will be deeply networked in order to enhance the total impact by creating synergies and increasing knowledge generation and uptake.


FIREBALL: Future Internet research and experimentation by adopting living labs – towards Smart Cities

FP7, European Commission ICT for Inclusion.
Duration: 24 months (2010-2012)
Project Coordination: Luleå University of Technology

MNEMOS: Quality & Innovation in Vocational Training for Enterprise Cultural Heritage.

Lifelong Learning Programme, DG Education and Culture.
Duration: 24 months (2009-2011).
Project coordination: Center for Enterprise and Innovation Research, University of Salford

CROSS INNO-CUT: Cross Border Implementation of Innovative Cross Cutting Technologies.

European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.
Duration: 24 months (2011-2013)
Total budget: 1.334.373,00€.
Project coordination: Federation of Industries of Northern Greece.

Black-Sea-NET – Black Sea Network for Regional Development.

European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
Duration: 24 months (2011-2013)
Project coordination: Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations –Varna (RAPIV)

INNOPOLIS: Innovation Policy in University City Regions.

Duration: 24 months (2010-2012)

INTERVALUE: Inter-regional cooperation for valorization of research results.

EU Transnational Cooperation Programme South East Europe, INTERREG IIC.
Project AF/A/426/1.1/X.
Duration: 36 months (2009-2012).
Total budget: 1.729.506,66€.
Project coordination: URENIO Research

Sustainability Plan of Mavrodendri Settlement in Kozani.

Contractor: Region of West Macedonia, Regional Unit of Kozani.
Duration: 4 months.
Total budget: 50.000,00€.

Sustainability report of Mavrodendri Settlement in Kozani, given the opening of a new open lignite pit mine and the resettlement of Pontokomi.

SUPER SME –Supporting Potential and Existing Research intensive SMEs.

Programme financed by the European Research Area – Regions of Knowledge 2 (FP6).
Duration: 36 months (2006-2008).

FUTURREG-Futures for Regional Development.

INTERREG IIIC Duration 24 months (2005-2007).
Project Coordination: Cardiff University

NPD-NET: Inter-regional Cooperation for New Product Development.

EU Community Initiative INTERREG IIIC. Project 2E0036I.
Duration: 24 months (2004-2006).
Total budget: 1.227.025€
Project coordination: Region of Central Macedonia.

RKM-NET: Regional Knowledge Management Net.

INTERREG IIIC Duration: 24 months (2004-2006).

ISTOS: Benchmarking technique implementation in tourism and Digital Aegean.

Region of North. Aegean. Duration 36 months (2004-2007).
Financing AUTH: 650.000€

Q-Lime: Quality in Licensing and IPR Management Education.

Duration: 24 months (2005-2007).

RIS-Lithuania – Regional Innovation Strategies in South and East Lithuania.

Duration: 36 months (2005-2009).

EMERIPA-European Methodology for Regional Innovation Policy Impact Assessment & Benchmarking

FP6-2004-INNOV-4 (2005-2008).

MEDI-CUBE: Mediterranean Technology Led Incubator.

Co-operation Programme INTERREG IIIB (2005-2007), ARCHIMED

STRATINC-Strategic Intelligence & Innovative clusters.

Region of Central Macedonia.
Duration: 24 months (2004-2006).

RKMnet: Regional Knowledge Management Net.

Duration: 24 months (2004-2006).

K-Clusters: Knowledge Clusters in Western Macedonia, Monitoring – Management and Evaluation.

Region of West Macedonia. Duration 24 months (2003-2005)

Meta-foresight: Foresight, R&D, Benchmarking, Market Watch and technological skills.

KRNG-CT-2003 Duration: 21 months (2004-2005).

ONLI: Vitrual European network of technology parks for innovative services.

Project Coordination: Thessaloniki Technology Park Management and Development Corporation S.A.

VERITE: Virtual environment for innovation management techniques.

Duration: 24 months (2001-2003).

RIS+ in Central Macedonia: Implementation of the RTP action plan.

Duration: 29months (1999-2001).

INNOREGIO: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002).

INNOREGIO-Thessaly: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002).

INNOREGIO-Crete: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002).

RIS West Macedonia: West Macedonia Regional Innovation Strategies.

Duration: 12 months (1997-1998).

Regional Technology Plan pilot project for Central Macedonia.

European Commission.
Duration: 15 months (1995-1996).
Project Coordination: URENIO Researcg