On 17 November 2021, following the adoption of the Work Programmes, the European Commission announced the first set of calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme, among which three calls on Advanced Digital Skills. The calls are open to businesses, organisations, public administrations from the EU Member States, and entities from other countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme. The three calls are the following:
- Specialised Masters and education programmes in key capacity areas: to support the design and delivery of specialised Master programmes and traineeships for the future experts in key areas, like data and AI, cybersecurity, quantum and HPC
- Advanced digital skills analysis: to support the rollout of initiatives for advanced digital skills development and design relevant and high-quality learning opportunities
- Preparatory actions for the data space for skills: to set up a true European data space and facilitate safe access to and storage of large datasets, with an energy efficient cloud infrastructure.
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DIGITAL Work Programme 2021-2022
On 10 November 2021 the European Commission adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme, outlining the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €1.98 billion in funding.
The document sets out the programme for part of the actions to be implemented in the first two years of the Digital Europe Programme. These actions will focus on Advanced Digital Skills, Data, AI, Cloud, Quantum Communication Infrastructure, and deployment activities for the best use of these technologies.
For more details about all the actions on Advanced Digital Skills supported by the Programme, see this presentation.
About the Digital Europe Programme
Developments in key and emerging technologies are changing the way we define digital skills and the extent to which we depend on technology. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the existing shortage of digital experts in Europe.
The Digital Europe Programme provides strategic funding to answer these challenges and supports the development of a skilled talent pool of digital experts. With a total budget of €580 million for digital skills over 7 years, the Digital Europe Programme enhances cooperation between EU Member States and stakeholders in digital skills and jobs through:
- Specialised education programmes in key digital areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics, quantum and High Performance Computing (HPC), provided by networks of higher education institutions, research centres and businesses (€120 million contribution over the first two years of the programme).
- Short-term training courses, tailored to the needs of businesses, with an emphasis on SMEs in Europe, as well as jobseekers and citizens looking to reskill (€25 million contribution over the first two years of the programme).
These actions have 3 common goals:
- Increasing capacity and excellence of EU education and training institutions
- Encouraging cooperation between higher education, research and businesses
- Sparking interest of Europeans in digital careers and attract the best talents.
All the funded projects will be showcased on the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.
Examples of previous fundings
Digital Europe Programme does not address these challenges and goals alone, but builds upon successful past EU-funded initiatives, in particular from the Connecting Europe Facility – CEF Digital. With the support of CEF funding, consortia composed of university networks, SMEs and top AI researcher centres designed four new high-quality specialised Master programmes and courses in AI. The aim of these new high-quality training programmes is to bring AI advanced digital skills closer to non-technical people and other professionals.
Find more about the new Master programmes in our dedicated page.
Other key EU initiatives and actions in the field of digital skills and jobs complement the Digital Europe Programme, such as the Digital Education Action Plan, or national actions under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. To ensure that the digital transformation reflects European values and leaves no one behind, the Commission has proposed the Digital Decade strategy with ambitious targets. Actions from the Digital Europe Programme will contribute to reach the objective of having employed 20 million ICT specialists in Europe by 2030.
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