ASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).


The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability. The project will address the following objectives:


  • To define the Smart City concept and to understand how it can contribute to meeting urban development priorities.
  • To develop a methodology to assess and prioritize Smart City projects.
  • To develop guidelines to implement and manage Smart City Projects.
  • To Characterize Mediterranean City challenges and to develop a transferability strategy of Smart City projects. This objective will be part of the other three above.

Latest news

  • 3rd ASCIMER Workshop Open or Close

    The 3rd ASCIMER Smart City Workshop will take place in Casablanca on the 10th and 11th October and will leverage the participation of the project’s Expert Research Group that will provide their expertise from cities all around the Mediterranean, and from the north of Europe.

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  • 2nd Ascimer Workshop Open or Close

    2nd ASCIMER Workshop

    Smart City Projects in the Mediterranean Region  


    The 2nd ASCIMER Smart City Workshop will take place in Barcelona on the 25th and 26th November and will join academics and municipality representatives in order to discuss Smart City Projects in the Mediterranean Region in order to validate the Assessment Methodology developed by the UPM team with the support of the European Investment Bank.

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  • Studentship opportunity Open or Close

    Funded PhD-Studentship opportunity in the context of a research program under the European Investment Bank University Research Sponsorship (EIBURS)

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  • La tecnología en la mejora de la vida urbana Open or Close

    Un equipo multidisciplinar de la UPM obtiene una subvención del Banco Europeo de Inversiones para investigar el uso de la tecnología en la mejora de la vida urbana.

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