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The Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is the new European funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens, and public administrations.

Digital transition is a key to Europe’s future prosperity and resilience. With a planned total budget of €7.5 billion (in current prices) over 7 years, the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) aims to accelerate the economic recovery and shape the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy, bringing benefits to everyone, but in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises.

How does it work?

The European Commission has adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme. The fourth work programme regarding High-Performance Computing actions will be prepared by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.

  • The main work programme (“DIGITAL Europe Work Programme 2021.2022”), with a budget of €1.38 billion until the end of 2022, will focus on investment in the following areas:
    1. artificial intelligence (AI), 
    2. cloud and data spaces, 
    3. quantum communication infrastructure, 
    4. advanced digital skills, 
    5. wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.
  • The first specific work programme (“DIGITAL Europe – Cybersecurity Work Programme 2021 – 2022”) will focus on funding in the area of cybersecurity, with a budget of €269 million until the end of 2022.
  • The second specific work programme (“DIGITAL Europe – EDIH Work Programme 2021 – 2023”) will focus on the set-up and operation of the network of European Digital Innovation Hubs, with a budget of €329 million, until the end of 2023.

The first calls will be published by the end of November.

The funding and tender opportunities web page gives you an overview of the calls for proposals (‘calls’) that are forthcoming or already open.  Each call has its own call document, related to a particular topic. It gives more precise information on some of the issues that the European Commission would like you to address in the proposal.

The funding and tender opportunities web page hosts the services for managing your proposals and projects throughout their lifecycle.