Since its foundation URENIO has participated in more than 100 research projects in the fields of research expertise. URENIO is mainly involved in competitive projects from the European R&D Framework Programmes (FP, H2020) and the programmes of territorial cooperation (Interreg, MED, SEE). The Unit took part in numerous projects funded by national and international research institutions and the European Commission. Research carried out in the Lab is acknowledged by leading organizations in this field. It is among the few 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 most advanced innovation-led agglomerations.

URENIO has participated in the following projects:

ONLINE S3: ONLINE Platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice.

Duration: 24 months (2016-2018).
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH 457.500€.
Project coordination: RTDI Spain.

ONLINE-S3 will develop 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. In other words, the project will investigate, develop and test new and innovative technologies, tools and services which are in line with the methodological steps proposed by the European Commission. Authorities, researchers and leading IT labs and companies in the 4 pilots will be able to use the solution as to 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€.
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 404.224,00€.
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 process in order to accelerate it, for Public Authorities and policy makers. These guidelines will be prepared based on direct experimentation in at least 4 European cities, creating a set of relevant use cases and best practices.

By doing so, STORM CLOUDS will also deliver 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 will be 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€.
Co-financing for URENIO-AUTH: 35.284,30€.
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 practice 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.
Duration: 24 months (2013-2015).
Co-financing for URENIO-AUTH: 288.324,45€.

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€.
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 73.544,78€.
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).
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 58.478,00€.
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€.
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 323.400,00€.
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)
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 41.462,50€.
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).
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 50.453,00€.
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)
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 334.122,00.
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)
Co-financing AUTH: 108.539,64.
Project coordination: Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations –Varna (RAPIV)


INNOPOLIS: Innovation Policy in University City Regions.

Duration: 24 months (2010-2012)
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 176.500,00€.

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€. Co-financing AUTH: 337.000,00€.
Project coordination: URENIO-AUTH.


Sustainability report 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).
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 101.315,53 €.

FUTURREG-Futures for Regional Development.

INTERREG IIIC Duration 24 months (2005-2007).
Co-financing AUTH: 160.000€.
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€
Co-financing AUTH: 192.500,00€.
Project coordination: Region of Central Macedonia.


RKM-NET: Regional Knowledge Management Net.

INTERREG IIIC Duration: 24 months (2004-2006).
Co-financing AUTH: 160.000,00€

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).
Co-financing AUTH: 43.633,55€

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

Duration: 36 months (2005-2009).
Financing AUTH: 192.500,00€.

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). Co-financing AUTH: 125.910,00€

RKMnet: Regional Knowledge Management Net.

Duration: 24 months (2004-2006). Co-financing AUTH: 160.000,00€

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

Region of West Macedonia. Duration 24 months (2003-2005)
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 260.000,00€


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

KRNG-CT-2003 Duration: 21 months (2004-2005).
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 62.702,00€

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).
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 327.000,00€

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

Duration: 29months (1999-2001).
Financing URENIO-AUTH:248.699,92€

INNOREGIO: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002)
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 710.250,34€

INNOREGIO-Thessaly: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002) Financing URENIO-AUTH: 299.818,00€

INNOREGIO-Crete: Innovation Management Tools Development and Diffusion.

Duration: 36 months (1998-2002)
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 289.847,00€

RIS West Macedonia: West Macedonia Regional Innovation Strategies.

Duration: 12 months (1997-1998).
Financing URENIO-AUTH: 32.196,60€

Regional Technology Plan pilot project for Central Macedonia.

European Commission.
Duration: 15 months (1995-1996).
Co-financing URENIO-AUTH: 199.295,50€.
Project Coordination: URENIO-AUTH