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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.

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Specific Objective 4


Advanced digital skills

The European Commission aims to tackle the digital skills gap and promote projects and strategies to improve the level of digital skills in Europe.

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Marie Timmermann

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About this programme

About the programme

The DIGITAL Europe programme will fund the design and delivery of specialised programmes and traineeships for future experts in key capacity areas like data and AI, cybersecurity, quantum and HPC. It also aims to support the upskilling of the existing workforce through training in key capacity areas.

The actions under this Special Objective aim at supporting the excellence of EU education and training institutions in digital areas, including by encouraging their cooperation with research and businesses. The goal is to improve the capacity to nurture and attract digital talents.

During the first two years of the programme, actions on skills will focus on the following aspects:

  • Providing education and training opportunities for future experts in key capacity areas like data and ethical artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, quantum and HPC. The programme will support networks of education and training institutions, research centres and businesses for the design and delivery of specialised education programmes as well as traineeships to acquire advanced digital skills needed for specific technologies;
  • Reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce through short-term trainings reflecting the latest developments in key capacity areas;
  • Developing and designing Digital Crash Courses for SMEs;
  • Conducting a detailed analysis to identify emerging trends and needs;
  • Addressing the digital transformation in the education sector, namely the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem and enhancing digital skills and competences.

The preparation of a European data space for skills will contribute to mapping and identifying needs and developments across the EU.

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Testimonial

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Luciad - Geospatial software for mission-critical operations

Founded in 1999, Luciad serves clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Though it recently was acquired by Hexagon Geospatial, they kept an agile SME mindset. Thousands of end users work directly with Luciad’s geospatial applications, and major systems integrators (think Airbus Defense and Space, Lufthansa Systems, NATO, Thales…) incorporate its software in their own products.

NCP Flanders went to Leuven to interview Frederic Houbie, the Research Projects Manager at Luciad, about how he sees Horizon 2020. Luciad is a partner in the MARISA project, which is a collaborative RIA project submitted to an ICT call topic