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Digital Europe Programme - Advanced digital skills

First wave of Calls for proposals in advanced digital skills

On 17 November 2021, following the adoption of the Work Programmes, the European Commission announced the first set of calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme, among which three calls on Advanced Digital Skills. The calls are open to businesses, organisations, public administrations from the EU Member States, and entities from other countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme. The three calls are the following:

Questions and answers about the 3 above mentioned calls can be found on the official Funding & Tender Portal. These pages will be regularly updated:


Second wave of Calls for proposals in advanced digital skills

On 22 February 2022 the European Commission opened the 2nd set of calls for proposals of the Digital Europe Programme. The calls aimed at supporting concrete actions to help citizens and enterprises benefit from new technologies and thrive in the digital transformation. 

In particular, a new call on Advanced Digital Skills Short term training courses was launched. The call aimed at increasing the offer of high-quality short term trainings for the workforce, allowing them to acquire the skills necessary to deploy key digital technologies in businesses, with a particular focus that enables to meet the needs of SMEs.

The submission of applications for this call closed on 17 May 2022. You will find more information on in the Funding & Tender Portal.

Questions and answers about the new Call are available in the official Funding & Tender Portal

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 set 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.


Partner for DIGITAL Skills: 1st Info Day and Matchmaking event for DIGITAL Europe Programme

On 1 December 2021 more than 400 people joined the Info Day “Partner for DIGITAL Skills” to learn about the new calls on Advanced Digital Skills and find partners. The event presented the new three calls under the DIGITAL programme and included a pitching/workshop session and a matchmaking 1:1 "Speed Date" style session to help participants find the right partners for their project ideas. 

You can find the agenda of the Plenary session below: 

  • Welcome and Intro, by Gerard de Graaf, Director, DG CNECT
  • Presentation of DIGITAL Work Programme 2021-2022, by Fabrizia Benini, Deputy Director, DG CNECT
  • Overview of DIGITAL Master’s call & CSA on Skills analysis, by Silvia Merisio, Policy Officer, DG CNECT;
  • Overview of the Preparatory action for a data space on skills, by Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak, Head of Unit, DG CNECT;
  • Funding & Tender portal, by Basak Koyuncu-King and Charmaine Kerr, European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA).

Check out all the presentations of the speakers of the session to find out more.

Afterwards, in the two Pitching sessions many universities, SMEs, research centres and other important stakholders had the opportunity to present their project ideas and their organisations.

The answers to the questions received during the event are available in the official pages of each Call, at the links above.

Examples of previous fundings

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.

Other key EU initiatives and actions in the field of digital skills and jobs complement the Digital Europe Programme, such as the Digital Education Action Plan, or national actions under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. To ensure that the digital transformation reflects European values and leaves no one behind, the Commission has proposed the Digital Decade strategy with ambitious targets. Actions from the Digital Europe Programme will contribute to reach the objective of having employed 20 million ICT specialists in Europe by 2030.