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Digital Europe Programme - Advanced digital skills

New Call for education programmes in key digital technologies is now open

On 15 September 2022 the European Commission announced a new call under DIGITAL. The new Call, 'Specialised education programmes or modules in key capacity areas', will support the development of Bachelor's and Master's courses, jointly designed by universities, research centres and businesses active in the digital domain. 

This new action will boost cooperation between academic excellence, research and innovative industries, contributing to set a new dynamic digital ecosystem where all actors active in the digital domain work together to attract and retain the best talents around the world.

The applications close on 24 January 2023. You will find more information on the European Commission's Funding and Tenders Portal.

Check out also the factsheet we prepared to know more about the Call. If you have more doubts, questions and answers about the 3rd Call are available on the official Funding & Tender Portal. This page will be regularly updated.

Partner for DIGITAL Skills Info Day and pitching event

On 20 October 2022 a new Info Day 'Partner for DIGITAL Skills' took place, where the Commission presented the call and answered live all the questions of the participants. Some potential applicants had also the opportunity to present their organisations, and exchange with potential partners for their proposal.

Have you missed the Info day and pitching event? You can now access the full recording of the event here.

If you want to find out more, check all the presentations of the Commission speakers of the eventIntroduction to the callScope of the callAdministrative steps and Funding&Tender portal.

If you want to find partners for your proposal and build a consortium, visit our Partner for DIGITAL Skills Networking Group.

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.

DIGITAL Work Programme 2021-2022

On 10 November 2021 the European Commission adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding.

The document sets out the programme for part of the actions to be implemented in the first two years of the Digital Europe Programme. These actions will focus on Advanced Digital Skills, Data, AI, Cloud, Quantum Communication Infrastructure, and deployment activities for the best use of these technologies. 

For more details about all the actions on Advanced Digital Skills supported by the Programme, see this presentation.

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.