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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the main Research and Innovation Funding Programme of the European Commission.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the previous Funding Programme. There are no longer calls, but projects can run until 2024.

Digital Europe

Digital Europe is a Funding Programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and administrations.

Other EU Funding

There are many other relevant EU funding programmes, managed by several agencies and directorates.

How to start with DIGITAL

A step by step guidance on how to get started with DIGITAL

Application process

The NCP Flanders Digital Europe page provides a first overview of the programme. In brief it explains what Digital Europe is and which thematic areas fall under the programme.

The Digital Europe Online manual provides all practical details on the submission process of proposals on the Funding and Tender portal, how to apply for funding, what will happen after the call deadline and offers guidance for the post-grant signature/project management phase.

The application to a Digital Europe call implies four major steps.

1/ Find a suitable call for proposal

The Funding and Tender portal hosts call topics of all EU funding programmes. By choosing Digital Europe you will be directed to all calls within this specific programme.

2/ Find project partners

The majority of the call topics demand a consortium with a minimum number of consortium members from a minimum number of different European member states or Associated countries. The exact number of required consortium partners depends on the specific call topic. There are several ways to find partners to build your consortium or to present yourself to other organisations that you are interested in participating to this project as a partner.

  • Your NCP: NCP Flanders can support you in identifying the most important organisations in a certain (sub)area, both at EU scale and in Flanders.
  • Your own network: Your strongest cooperation links will probably come from those organisations that you already interact with. Because there is already a trust relation established. Because there is a reason for this link. For defining this network around you, dare to think broad.
  • Enterprise Europe Network: a network of more than 600 partner organisations in the EU that can get you into contact with potential partners from other countries. Besides, you can get reliable information on European legislation and regulations in other member states. Moreover, the network also has antennas outside Europe.
    Teams of network experts in each member organisation offer personalised services to businesses. The Network can also offer a targeted approach aimed specifically at your business sector. Its expert groups cover all key economic sectors, from healthcare to agrofood, from intelligent energy to fashion and textile.

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4/ Register your organisation

If you want to participate in a project proposal, your organisation needs to be registered and have a 9-digit Participant Identification Code (PIC). The 2-steps verification  process for securing your registration in the Funding and Tender portal, installed in 2020, is explained by the Commission through webinars and tutorials.

NCP Flanders can give you support during your application process and provides basic information and tips and tricks to support you with preparing your proposal.



image of RUSTICA - Converting organic residues into bio-based fertiliser products

RUSTICA - Converting organic residues into bio-based fertiliser products

The RUSTICA project obtained funding under Horizon 2020, more in particular under the topic ‘Closing nutrient cycles’.  RUSTICA focuses on demonstration and implementation of circular bio-based nutrient valorisation chains, focusing on waste from the fruit and vegetable agro-food system. The project kicked off in 2021 and will run until 2024. It will use a strong multi-actor approach to co-create both socio-economic and technological knowledge in four case study regions in Europe and one in Colombia. The Flanders-based company DRANCO is one of the project partners and acts as technical project manager for the entire project. DRANCO participates in the project to develop its own technologies, to network and to help make the transition to a more circular based economy.

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