Securing 5G Strategic Digital Infrastructures And Technologies


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



Securing 5G Strategic Digital Infrastructures And Technologies


The objective will be to support relevant entities in Member States, such as regulators of electronic communications or security agencies, in the implementation of their national cybersecurity strategies and legislation, in line with European 5G cybersecurity policy. This aims to support knowledge and capacity building for relevant national authorities regarding e.g. exchange of best practices; staff trainings; deployment of innovative evaluation methods; support standardisation actions; procurement of specialised services (e.g. audit and technical assessments).

Detailed Call Description

  • Support to 5G cybersecurity, notably to contribute to the goals and measures of the Recommendation and “toolbox” on 5G cybersecurity, as well as follow-up initiatives in that context.
  • Piloting and supporting capacity building of security and interoperability aspects of open, disaggregate and interoperable technology solutions, such as Open RAN solutions. These solutions can explore new cooperation models and integrate innovative approaches provided by European SMEs possibly in cooperation with other players, while aiming at supporting the 5G cybersecurity toolbox goals, including supplier diversity and EU technology capacities.

The national authorities may associate themselves with private providers of technology services or equipment, in particular European SMEs, possibly in cooperation with network and technology providers, to pilot and develop security and interoperability aspects of innovative solutions, such as open, disaggregate and interoperable solutions.

The projects shall take into account activities in National Coordination Centres created on the basis of the Regulation establishing the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres where relevant, as well as taking into account other stakeholders. Projects involving national authorities from several EU Member States will be prioritised.

Call Total Budget


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

Project budget (maximum grant amount): between €1 million and €3 million per project

The grant will be a budget-based mixed actual cost grant (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs).

After grant signature, applicant will normally receive a prefinancing to start working on the project (float of normally 80% of the maximum grant amount; exceptionally less or no prefinancing). The prefinancing will be paid 30 days from entry into force/10 days before starting date/financial guarantee (if required) – whichever is the latest.

Thematic Categories

  • Information Technology
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • 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)
    • EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)

Participation in any capacity (as beneficiary, affiliated entity, associated partner, subcontractor or recipient of financial support to third parties) is limited to entities from eligible countries.
Project activities (included subcontracted work) must take place in eligible countries (see section geographic location and section 10 of the call document)

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Eleana Gabriel
Directorate of Research and Innovation
Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
Telephone: +357 22 691918

(Publish Date: 23/09/2022-for internal use only)

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