The European Commission (EC) launched the first set of calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme on 17 November 2021, following the adoption of the work programmes that allocate nearly €2 billion for investments aimed to advance on the digital transition. The calls are open to businesses, organisations, and public administrations from the EU Member States, as well as entities from other countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme. These grants will be targeted towards an investment of over €415 million in cloud to edge infrastructure, data spaces, artificial intelligence (AI), quantum communication infrastructure, in advancing people’s digital skills, and projects that promote a safer internet, fight child sexual abuse, and disinformation, until the end of 2022. Furthermore, cybersecurity will see investment topping €43 million worth of grants to provide support to cybersecurity in the health sector, as well as the deployment of a network of National Coordination Centres to help Member States implement relevant EU cybersecurity legislation, also until the end of 2022. The first call for proposals is also opening for the set-up and deployment of the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) network. These hubs will support private companies, including SMEs and start-ups, and the public sector in their digital transformation. Further calls will be published in early 2022.
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