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Cyber Skills Academy - Funding & Projects

Funding & Projects: build synergies to maximise the impact of spending for developing cybersecurity skills

Under this pillar the Cyber Skills Academy will address two main aspects: 

  • Funding opportunities for cyber skills, from the public or private sector, at EU or other level
  • Projects on cyber skills which are or have been already funded.

Some insights into these aspects are given below. If you want to propose any other relevant information on fundings or projects related to cyber skills, send us your proposal here.

In particular, public authorities (at international, European, national, regional, or local level) are encouraged to submit information about their funding opportunities on cyber skills. Information about funding opportunities from private entities is also welcome.

The Academy will ensure a better channelling and visibility over available funding opportunities and existing projects for skills-related activities to maximise their impact.

Funding opportunities

Several EU funding programmes support cyber skills, notably

If you want to discover more funding opportunities on cybersecurity, please visit our dedicated section on the Digital Skills & Jobs Platform.

EU-funded projects addressing cyber skills

  • Concordia extends traditional training courses with new virtual courses (MOOCs and SPOCs) and a variety of outreach activities, including high-school curricula development, competitions, cyber ranges.
  • CyberSec4Europe is working towards a cybersecurity skills framework model for both education providers and employers leading to a better cybersecurity workforce.
  • ECCO will map and analyse the European Cybersecurity Competence Community, stimulate collaboration within the European Cybersecurity Community, and link the European Cybersecurity Competence Community with the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and the National Competence Centres network.
  • ECHO‘s main objective is to strengthen the proactive cyber defence of the European Union, enhancing Europe’s technological sovereignty through effective and efficient multi-sector and multi-domain collaboration. This includes a cyber skills reference model and associated curriculum.
  • SPARTA seeks to improve cybersecurity research, innovation, and training are performed in Europe across domains and expertise, from foundations to applications, in academia and industry. SPARTA created an online higher education map and a cybersecurity curriculum designer for higher education.
  • REWIRE aims to build a Blueprint for the Cybersecurity industry and a concrete European Cybersecurity Skills Strategy. Its work focuses on delivering concrete recommendations and sustainable solutions that will lead to the reduction of skill gaps between industry requirements and sectoral training provision and contribute to the growth, innovation, and competitiveness of the Cybersecurity sector.
  • Cyberwatching provides an interactive “birds-eye” view of the complete collection of EU funded projects in the cybersecurity space landscape.
  • Cyberwiser proposes training courses, ranging from beginner to advanced level for organisations, including companies and public authorities.
  • CyberSecPro aims to bridge the gap between degrees, working life, and marketable cybersecurity skill sets necessary in today's digitalization efforts and provide examples of best practices for cybersecurity training programmes.
  • SME4DD will design short-term training programmes based on the needs of SMEs with the aim of increasing the number of men and women able to design, develop and deploy digital solutions in the economy and across sectors.