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The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. At first, the Digital Europe programme will be implemented through four work programmes, providing funding in the areas of digital skills, cyber security, artificial intelligence and more with the aim of boosting digital transformation.
The first three work programmes were adopted by the European Commission on the 10 November 2021 and follow extensive consultations with the Member States and stakeholders.
When it comes to higher education, the main work programme proves to be highly pertinent. The actions under the strategic area of advanced digital skills aim at supporting the excellence of EU education and training institutions in digital areas, including by encouraging their cooperation with research and businesses. These actions will support cooperation between higher education institutions and the private sector, together with research and excellence centres in digital technologies, including those funded in the other actions of the programme.
The work programmes will be implemented mainly through grants and procurement procedures. The first calls for the Digital Europe Programme were published on the 17 November 2021.
You can find more information here.