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EU Research Funding

What's in Digital Europe for Researchers

The Digital Europe Funding Initiative: A €7.5 Billion Investment in Digital Transformation" is a big opportunity for university researchers across the EU and Norway. With a focus on promoting research in fields such as supercomputing, artificial intelligence (AI), and cybersecurity, this funding source aims to accelerate innovation in the digital sphere. University researchers pondering over funding prospects for their work can explore this initiative as an avenue to drive their research forward.

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European Commission


DIGITALEUROPE is part of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, so it complements other EU funding initiatives such as Horizon Europe. The programme envisions a greener, more digitally advanced Europe, reinforcing resilience and digital sovereignty. DIGITALEUROPE comprises five pillars aligned with the key capacity areas:

  1. High-Performance Computing: Delivering world-class supercomputers and data processing capabilities for scientific research, industry, and public administration.
  2. Artificial Intelligence: Supporting the development and implementation of trustworthy AI solutions that uphold EU values and fundamental rights.
  3. Cybersecurity: Strengthening the protection of critical infrastructure, networks, and data while fostering cybersecurity skills and competencies.
  4. Advanced Digital Skills: Addressing digital expertise shortages and providing training opportunities for professionals across various sectors.
  5. Deployment, Best Use of Digital Capacities, and Interoperability: Ensuring the effective adoption and utilization of digital technologies by businesses (particularly SMEs), public administrations, and citizens through Digital Innovation Hubs and other initiatives.

Who is it for?

  • Research organizations, universities, and academic institutions
  • Public authorities (local, regional, national, or European level)
  • Private entities (including SMEs and start-ups)
  • Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations
  • International organizations

Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific call for proposals.

What disciplines is it aimed at?

DIGITALEUROPE supports projects that are clearly linked to one or more of the five key capacity areas, which often requires interdisciplinary cooperation. 

How to apply

To apply for funding, applicants must participate in calls for proposals announced regularly by the European Commission in the official funding and tenders portal. Proposals are assessed based on the criteria listed in each call for proposals. Deadlines for submission vary depending on the specific call.

See the official UiB Guide to EU application for more details 

Financing Level

Digital Europe has a co-financing model and covers 50% of incurred costs, they have clear guidelines for what costs are eligible. 

For more information see the Norwegian Digitalization Agency which has the national responsibility to follow up Norways participation in the Digital Europe Programme. 

Depending on the type of action, local advisors might help you in navigating whether there is someone at the Research and Innovation Department (FIA) or student administration that can be of assistance.