Federated European infrastructure for genomics data


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Digital Europe Programme

Programme Description

Digital Europe Programme is the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.

Worth €7.6 billion (in current prices), the Programme is a part of the next long-term EU budget, (the Multiannual Financial Framework), and it covers 2021 to 2027. It will provide funding for projects in five crucial areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.

The Programme is fine-tuned to fill the gap between the research of digital technologies and their deployment, and to bring the results of research to the market – for the benefit of Europe’s citizens and businesses, and in particular SMEs. Investments under the Digital Europe programme supports the Union’s twin objectives of a green transition and digital transformation and strengthens the Union’s resilience and strategic autonomy.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Federated European infrastructure for genomics data


The objective is the creation of a technical infrastructure combined with governance mechanisms that will secure easy, cross-border access to key datasets in the targeted area. In particular, the aim of this topic is to achieve sustainable cross-border linkage of and access to a multitude of genomic and related phenotypic, clinical and other datasets across Europe based on the progress achieved in the context of the 1+ Million Genomes initiative (1+MG).

Detailed Call Description

Authorised data users, such as clinicians, researchers and innovators, will be able to advance our understanding of genomics for more precise and faster clinical decision-making, diagnostics, treatments and predictive medicine, and for improved public health measures that will benefit citizens, healthcare systems and the overall economy.
The federated system will comprise nodes with datasetsa common platform offering a (meta)-data catalogue, a single entry point for data queries and output delivery, links to high performance computing capacities and data access control, secure authorisation and authentication services, and access to other relevant services.

This action will support the deployment of the infrastructure needed to make harmonised European genomic data resources and linked clinical, phenotypic and other information, where available and relevant, securely findable and accessible across national borders. The data infrastructure may combine existing data platforms via FAIR-compliant interfaces and should facilitate the extension or upgrade of existing datasets and the creation of new ones. To ensure maximum data protection, the data will be in principle analysed using distributed data analysis and AI learning techniques, while fully taking into account the applicable data protection requirements and the EU’s international obligations.

The action should support the coordination of the multi-country project ‘Genome of Europe’ launched in the context of the 1+MG initiative towards the creation of a European network of harmonised national genomic reference cohorts representative for the European population. The project selected for the deployment of this data infrastructure will have to make provisions for gradually becoming fully compliant with the European Data Spaces Technical Framework. It will also have to coordinate and collaborate with other projects participating in the deployment of the data space and the Data Spaces Support Centre in order to allow integration of existing standards and to ensure interoperability and portability across infrastructure, applications and data.

Targeted stakeholders: Public and private entities such as (but not limited to): public administrations (national, regional and local level), hospitals, research institutes, biobanks, research agencies, research infrastructures, not-for-profit organisations, industry, SMEs.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Simple Grants: 50%


Thematic Categories

  • Health
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme (list of countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

For the consortium composition see the details of the specific topic, in the Call document. 

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

It will be announced soon.

(Publish Date: 18/11/2021-for internal use only)