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NEW! 7th Call for proposals on Advanced Digital Skills - Info Day coming soon!

A new round of DIGITAL calls for proposals to develop advanced digital skills through bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes and related stand- alone modules focusing on key digital areas is opening soon! The 2004 call provides funding for education programmes in key digital areas: virtual worlds, edge computing, quantum computing, photonics, and robotics and automatization, for interdisciplinary programmes targeted at the acquisition of advanced green digital skills in the specific sectors related to the green transition: agriculture, transport, renewable energy and waste management as well as for the acquisition of advanced digital skills for the government and public sector. 

The European Commission will open the 7th Call for proposals on Advanced Digital Skills on 4 July 2024, with a total budget of 55 million EUR. Find more information about the new call on the official Funding and Tender Portal.

Are you a higher education institution, an industry player or a research and excellence centre? Register now to follow the virtual info day and pitching event on 5 July 2024 at 10:00 CEST and ask questions directly to the European Commission and find partners.If you want more information on the programme of the event, check our dedicated event page.

Are you considering applying to the new call and would like to pitch your project idea during the online event? Express your interest in the registration form. Only selected participants will have a reserved slot to pitch their organisation.

6th Call for Connected National Coalitions for Digital Skills & Jobs Core Platform and Women in Digital

The European Commission, announced a new call on Advanced Digital Skills to support the Connected National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs to the Core Platform and the Girls and Women in Digital.

The calls are now open and they will close on 29 May 2024, (17:00 Brussels time).

These new calls (DIGITAL-2024-ADVANCED-DIGITAL-06-SKILLS) allocate €4 million to initiatives addressing the digital skills gap. The Digital Skills and Jobs Platformseeks to establish National Coalitions and websites across Member States, promoting cross-sector learning. Additionally, the Girls and Women in Digital action aims to enhance female involvement in ICT professions, aligning with the Digital Decade Policy Programme's targets for Europe's broader digital transformation by 2030. Check out the full text of the call on the Funding & Tender Portal of the European Commission.

Looking for consortia partners? Discover the Partner for Digital Skills Networking Group and join the online discussions of the new calls!

Questions and answers about the above mentioned calls are now available and can be found on the official Funding & Tender Portal! These pages will be regularly updated, check the links below:

DIGITAL Info Day on the 6th Call for proposals - Recording available

On 12 March 2024, the Digital Skills & Jobs Platform organised an Info Day on the new Calls for proposals. During the event, the Commission presented in detail the content of the call and answered live all the questions of the participants. 

If you missed the event, don't worry! The recording and slides of the presentation are now available. Check the presentation of the event here and rewatch the recording now available on the DigitalEU Youtube channel!

Work Programmes for 2023-2024 boosting digital skills and supporting cybersecurity

On 24 March 2023 the European Commission has adopted two multiannual work programmes for the DIGITAL Programme. The programmes will receive a total of €1.284 billion in funding, out of which €553 million will be available in 2023 to support digital transformation and enhance cybersecurity.

The Main Work Programme (DIGITAL Europe Work Programme 2023-2024)worth €909.5 million, aims to reinforce the EU's  critical digital capacities by focusing on key areas such as climate and environment protection technology, data, AI, cloud, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and deployment for the best use of these technologies. Also, it seeks to reinforce skills related to the semiconductor industry and to create a Cybersecurity Skills Academy for reskilling and upskilling purposes. 

At this regard, the Commission has also published a specific work programme focusing on cybersecurity, with a budget of €375 million for the period of 2023-2024, to enhance the EU's collective resilience against cyber threats.

About the DIGITAL Europe Programme

Developments in key and emerging technologies are changing the way we define digital skills and the extent to which we depend on technology. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the existing shortage of digital experts in Europe.

The Digital Europe Programme provides strategic funding to answer these challenges and supports the development of a skilled talent pool of digital experts. With a total budget of €580 million for digital skills over 7 years, the Digital Europe Programme enhances cooperation between EU Member States and stakeholders in digital skills and jobs through:

  • Specialised education programmes in key digital areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics, quantum and High Performance Computing (HPC), provided by networks of higher education institutions, research centres and businesses (€120 million contribution over the first two years of the programme). 
  • Short-term training courses, tailored to the needs of businesses, with an emphasis on SMEs in Europe, as well as jobseekers and citizens looking to reskill (€25 million contribution over the first two years of the programme).

These actions have 3 common goals:

  1. Increasing capacity and excellence of EU education and training institutions 
  2. Encouraging cooperation between higher education, research and businesses
  3. Sparking interest of Europeans in digital careers and attract the best talents.

All the funded projects will be showcased on the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

Examples of previous funding

Digital Europe Programme does not address these challenges and goals alone, but builds upon successful past EU-funded initiatives, in particular from the Connecting Europe Facility – CEF Digital. With the support of CEF funding, consortia composed of university networks, SMEs and top AI researcher centres designed four new high-quality specialised Master programmes and courses in AI. The aim of these new high-quality training programmes is to bring AI advanced digital skills closer to non-technical people and other professionals.

Find more about the new Master programmes in our dedicated page.

New opportunities and updates 

We will continue to update you on the latest on the Digital Europe Programme on this page and on our Twitter and Facebook channels.

By registering to the community and joining our dedicated Partner For DIGITAL Skills Networking Group you will be able to find partners and connect with other organisations wishing to apply for the current open calls in Advanced Digital Skills. 

By signing up for the Newsletter you will never miss any updates and important resources on the DIGITAL Europe Programme and other topics. 

Keep an eye out on this page for more updates! 

DIGITAL Europe Programme past calls and events

If you want to find out more about the calls launched in 2021 and 2022, past events and examples of previous initiatives funded through the DIGITAL Europe Programme, you will find further information on this page.