Call: Preparatory actions for the data space for smart communities
|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
of programme |
The general objectives of the Digital Europe Programme shall be to support and accelerate the digital transformation of the European economy, industry and society, to bring its benefits to citizens, public administrations and businesses across the Union, and to improve the competitiveness of Europe in the global digital economy while contributing to bridging the digital divide across the Union and reinforcing the Union’s strategic autonomy, through holistic, cross-sectoral and cross-border support and a stronger Union contribution.
The Programme shall be implemented in close coordination with other Union programmes as applicable, and shall aim:
It will reinforce EU critical digital capacities by focusing on the key areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, advanced computing, data infrastructure, governance and processing, the deployment of these technologies and their best use for critical sectors like energy, climate change and environment, manufacturing, agriculture and health. Thus, the Programme shall have five interrelated specific objectives:
The Digital Europe Programme is strategic in supporting the digital transformation of the EU industrial ecosystems targeting upskilling to provide a workforce for these advanced digital technologies. It supports industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and public administration in their digital transformation with a reinforced network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH). The Programme will accelerate the economic recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.
Specific Objective 1- High Performance Computing
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 1 – High Performance Computing shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 2 – Artificial Intelligence
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 2 – Artificial Intelligence shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 3 – Cybersecurity and Trust
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 3 – Cybersecurity and Trust shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 4 – Advanced Digital Skills
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 4 – Advanced Digital Skills shall support the development of advanced digital skills in areas covered by the Programme in order to contribute to increasing Europe’s talent pool, bridge the digital divide and foster greater professionalism, especially with regard to high performance and cloud computing, big data analytics, cybersecurity, distributed ledger technologies (e.g. blockchain), quantum technologies, robotics, AI, while taking gender balance into account. In order to tackle skills mismatches and to encourage specialisation in digital technologies and applications, the financial contribution shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 5 – Deployment and Best Use of Digital Capacities and Interoperability
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 5 – Deployment and Best Use of Digital Capacities and Interoperability shall pursue the following operational objectives while bridging the digital divide:
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Preparatory actions for the data space for smart communities
|Description of call |
"Preparatory actions for the data space for smart communities"
The data space for smart communities will bring together existing local data ecosystems, and relevant stakeholders, public and private, to join efforts and identify common principles for sharing large pools of data at the EU level25, ensuring wide geographical coverage. The identification of common priority datasets linked to the environment and climate-related challenges will create the necessary critical mass and increase the potential for sharing data solutions between communities across borders and sectors and help them meet the objectives of the European Green Deal. The action will contribute to the definition of the technical infrastructure for data sharing across relevant domains (in particular, traffic, electricity, pollution, extreme weather events, water, sewage, waste management, urban infrastructure, etc.), in order to create cross-domain innovation and move towards the Green transition in each local context.
Smart cities and communities use digital technologies to improve resource management, address complex challenges and improve the quality of life for their citizens. Together with the Digital Twins developed under the Destination Earth initiative, they are therefore at the forefront of the envisaged ‘twin digital and green’ transition and facilitate cities’ and communities’ systemic transformation towards climate-neutrality by digital means, as foreseen by the Horizon Europe Mission on ‘Climate-neutral and smart cities’ and the Mission on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’. Despite the efforts of opening up their data, most EU cities and communities are not yet fully benefitting from the opportunities data offer. Current developments show that from merely making services and data available online, governments and local administrations are now moving towards the paradigm of data sharing.
The data space for smart communities should create a secure IT environment for data sharing across relevant domains in a local context. The first activities, supported through this call will ensure the establishment of a data governance mechanism, with a detailed roadmap on how the data space should progressively develop into a pan-European smart communities’ data space, by connecting these local data ecosystems at EU level. Tapping into common datasets, under similar conditions will facilitate the development and portability of data-driven services. In addition, as highlighted by the Coordinated Plan on AI, by bringing together the necessary stakeholders, developing and sharing algorithms trained on high quality local data, it will facilitate the increase of AI-enabled data services and foster a European market for AI-enabled urban digital solutions. While cities and communities may be able to leverage useful data for their purposes, the mechanisms often do not scale up and fail to lead to a European network of local data ecosystems.
The action should therefore, aim at setting up a common framework for the progressive connection of local data ecosystems in the EU. It should, first, develop a multi-stakeholder data governance scheme and, second, a so-called ‘blueprint’ for the data space for smart communities. It should also bring an agreed set of priority datasets into conformity with the new blueprint standards and principles and propose a strategy for their take-up. Finally, it should develop a roadmap towards a full-fledged pan-EU smart communities’ data space. The selected solutions should be open, based on common standards, APIs and interoperable data formats and commonly agreed, open architectural approaches.
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|Thematic Focus||Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Urban development, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Justice, Safety & Security, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Administration & Governance|
|Funding area|| EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Origin of Applicant|| EU
Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Eligible applicants||Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Other, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services, University, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union|
|Applicant details|| In order to be eligible,
the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: |
|Project Partner Details|| Proposals must be submitted by: |
|Project duration max||12 months|
|Further info|| Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested
information and all required annexes and supporting documents: |
|Type of Funding||Grants|
|Financial details|| The available call budget is EUR 1,000,000. This budget
might be increased by maximum 20%. |
Funding rate: 100 % - Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)
Project budget (maximum grant amount): EUR 1,000,000 per project
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible.|