The Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme improves European competitiveness in the digital economy and promotes technological independence through investment and innovation. Within the framework of "Digital Europe", capacities for new technologies are being expanded, thus accelerating the digital transformation. The EU's digital progress will also help to tackle other challenges such as the climate crisis.

Budget

The planned budget for the Digital Europe Programme is 7.5 billion euros.

Priorities

The following areas will be funded under the Digital Europe Programme:

  • Supercomputers (2.2 billion euros)
    • Purchase of the best supercomputers by 2022/2023
    • Expanding the use of supercomputers in the areas of health, environment, security and industry (SMEs)
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) (2.1 billion euros)
    • Increasing the use of AI in business and public administration
    • Establish a European Data Space
    • Promoting the development of AI applications in the fields of health and mobility
  • Cybersecurity (1.7 billion euros)
    • Coordination between EU member states
    • Promotion and training of digital skills in all member states
    • Promoting infrastructure for quantum communications
    • Strengthening European cyber security capabilities
  • Advanced digital skills (580 million euros)
    • New programmes and trainings to develop future experts in AI, cybersecurity, quantum technologies and high-performance computing (HPC)
    • Short training courses to develop the workforce
  • Extensive use of digital technologies in the economy and society (1.1 billion euros)
    • Focus of applications on areas such as health, climate and culture
    • Digital Innovation Hubs
    • Greater use of digital technologies such as blockchain in SMEs and public administration

Benefits of the Digital Europe Programme for SMEs

The Digital Europe Programme aims to expand access and use of supercomputers and other advanced technologies for SMEs. SMEs can also benefit from new EU-wide databases, e.g. with business data. Through the promotion of the European Digital Innovation Hub, SMEs in particular can gain access to services that support them in their digitalisation, such as advice on financing or cybersecurity or even technology trials.

Timetable

6 June 2018
Application of the Digital Europe Programme by the EU Commission

Autumn 2020
Agreement on the Digital Europe Programme

1 January 2021
Launch of the Digital Europe Programme

1st quarter 2021
Expected publication of the first calls for proposals

More on the Digital Europe Programme on the web:

Official website of the EU Commission

Do you have an idea for a funding application in the Digital Europe Programme and need support? Contact the Unit Information & Communication Technologies | Natural Sciences & Engineering of the Bavarian Research Alliance, we will be happy to help you:

Contact:

Dr. Panteleimon Panagiotou

Dr. rer. nat. Panteleïmon Panagiotou
Head of Unit Information & Communication Technologies |
Engineering & Natural Sciences
Phone: +49 (0)89 9901888-130
Email: panagiotou@no-spam-pleasebayfor.org

Dipl.-Ing. Dan Gutu

Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Dan Gutu
Scientific Officer Information & Communication Technologies |
Engineering & Natural Sciences
Phone: +49 (0)89 9901888-136
Email: gutu@no-spam-pleasebayfor.org

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