Supporting The NIS Directive Implementation And National Cybersecurity Strategies


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



Supporting The NIS Directive Implementation And National Cybersecurity Strategies


The action focuses on Member States and European capacity building and the enhancement of cross-border cooperation on cybersecurity at technical, operational and strategic levels. It is a continuation of work currently supported under the CEF Telecom programme.

Detailed Call Description

The action will focus on the support of at least one of the following priorities:

  • User-centred implementation, validation, piloting and deployment of technologies, tools and IT-based solutions, processes and methods for monitoring, preventing, detecting and handling cybersecurity incidents (including in the context of cross-border cybersecurity threats and cross sector context) in EU Member States.
  • Collaboration, communication, awareness-raising activities, knowledge exchange and training, including through the use of cybersecurity ranges, of public and private organisations working on the implementation of the NIS Directive.
  • Twinning schemes involving originator and adopter organisations from at least 2 different Member States to facilitate the deployment and uptake of technologies, tools, processes and methods for effective cross-border collaboration preventing, detecting and countering Cybersecurity incidents.
  • Robustness and resilience building measures in the cybersecurity area that strengthen suppliers’ ability to work systematically with cybersecurity relevant information or supplying actionable data to CSIRTs.

Furthermore, Member States can define additional critical sectors, including public administrations, and identify operators for their countries.

In addition, the NIS Directive applies to providers of the following types of digital services (DSP):

  • Online marketplace;
  • Online search engine;
  • Cloud computing service.

The action may support amongst other the continuation of the kind of cybersecurity activities funded through the CEF Telecom programme, building where relevant on the results from the CEF projects. Furthermore, synergies with actions such as the European “cyber-shield”, should be explored.

Call Total Budget


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

Project budget (maximum grant amount):  between €1 million and €5 million per project

The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested. The minimum budget for each topic as listed above is strongly recommended.

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, you 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
  • Justice - Security
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

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)

All topics of this call are subject to restrictions due to security, therefore entities must not be directly or indirectly controlled from a country that is not an eligible country. All entities will have to fill in and submit a declaration on ownership and control.


  • 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 below and section 10)
  • the Grant Agreement may provide for IPR restrictions (see section 10)

Proposals must be submitted by: minimum 3 independent applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)

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: 26/09/2022-for internal use only)

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