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.
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).
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.
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.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
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)
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(Publish Date: 23/09/2022-for internal use only)
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