Growing a Sustainable and Comprehensive Ecosystem for Next Generation of IoT


EU-IoT is a Coordination and Support Action (H2020 ICT 56, 2020-2023) with the vision to assist Europe in excel in the development and adoption of trustworthy, sustainable, safe and secure IoT that benefits our economies, societies and industry.

The main ambition of EU-IoT is to transform the current IoT community of researchers and innovators in Europe into an increasingly cohesive, dynamic, participatory and sustainable ecosystem, as an essential part of a Next Generation Internet.

This will be done by:

  • Ensuring the establishment of an inclusive and sustainable ecosystem for EU-made IoT, to achieve the H2020 goals, while supporting the transition to Horizon Europe.
  •  Fostering the creation of synergies, liaisons and exchange among all key players in the European landscape, including research, industry, policy makers, and civil society.
  •  Supporting and coordinating outreach and impact creation activities of upcoming ICT-56 RIAs and in RIAs from other relevant calls involving IoT, e.g., dissemination, open calls, events, contributions to standards.
  • Paving the way to the development of business models, innovation activities and skills building, lowering the barrier for adoption and development of IoT-empowered solutions.

Projects description

EU-IoT will provide a collaborative framework, including content, tools and processes, to engage all EU researchers, developers, integrators and users. Such collaborative framework will overcome fragmentation and ground a strong European IoT-empowered economy as core building block of the EU Digital Single Market.

EU-IoT will operate as a “living hub '' to assist expanding and empowering IoT research and innovation capacity in Europe, by offering a rich set of tools and services to connect and collaborate in an open, inclusive and dynamic environment. EU-IoT leverages synergies by connecting all relevant stakeholders and relying on previous and ongoing EC funded projects, in coordination with efforts from highly relevant R&I, standardization, and business initiatives.

EU-IoT will act as an accelerator for the whole European IoT ecosystem, intervening and assisting stakeholders to engage and create value, as well as setting up a self-sustaining community, by:

  • Aligning stakeholders on a common vision and strategy to grow European efforts for human-centric IoT.
  • Promoting collaboration, networking, liaisons, partnerships and knowledge sharing.
  • Ensuring effective value creation out of relevant research and innovation efforts and achievements.
  • Identifying incentives and mechanisms to sustain community efforts in a durable and impactful way

Research contribution

EU-IoT builds on a comprehensive, thoroughly structured and well-articulated approach, which is grounded on in-depth comprehension of the technological, research, socio-economic, ethical and policy-related factors relevant for IoT, combined with a set of tools, actions and competencies brought in by the consortium.

The solid know-how and positioning of the consortium is further strengthened via the regular exchange of information with its well-assorted Advisory Board (AB) as well as with its Expert Group. EU-IoT will provide the European IoT ecosystem with awareness and understanding of the opportunities of human-centric IoT, major scientific and industrial push and pull factors, market and users trends, as well as policy/regulatory aspects.

Main research contributions are:

  • Regular exchange with a wide pool of European and USA based experts.
  • Several events, including 2 yearly editions of a main NGIoT community event and an SDG-IoT Hackathon focusing on both Consumer IoT, and Industrial IoT with SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) industrial IoT focus.
  • Development of an online IoT catalogue for the IoT open-source ecosystem landscape.
  • Training workshops, webinars,  best practice and success stories documented in the form of interviews, video material, and reusable media contents.
  • Toolbox of (self-evaluation) methods and models for IoT business model innovation combined with a set ofrecommendations for late bloomers.


H2020 ICT 56, grant nr. 956671

Project duration

01.10.2020 - 31.03.2023

Prof. Dr. Rute Sofia

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