Three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme were adopted by the European Commission on 10 November, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding. This first set of work programmes includes strategic investments that will be crucial in fulfiling the Commission's goals in making this Europe's Digital Decade.
The following work programmes were adopted:
- DIGITAL Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 (.pdf)
- DIGITAL Europe - EDIH Work Programme 2021-2023 (.pdf), specifically dedicated to the European Digital Innovation Hubs
- DIGITAL Europe - Cybersecurity Work Programme 2021-2022 (.pdf)
The fourth work programme for High-Performance Computing is prepared by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and will follow an independent calendar for adoption.
Learn more here.
The first set of calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme was launched by the Commission on 17 November in digital tech and European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), following the adoption of the three work programmes. The calls are open to businesses, organisations, and public administrations from the EU Member States, as well as entities from other countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme.
The grants will be targeted towards an investment of over €415 million in cloud to edge infrastructure, data spaces, artificial intelligence, quantum communication infrastructure, in advancing people's digital skills, and projects that promote a safer internet, fight child sexual abuse, and disinformation, until the end of 2022.
The first call for proposals is also opening for the set-up and deployment of the EDIH network. The hubs will support private companies, including SMEs and start-ups, and the public sector in their digital transformation.
Learn more here and find the calls here.