The “Digital Horizons” event provided researchers and representatives of companies and public administration with information about upcoming funding opportunities in the digital domain offered by Horizon Europe, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, and Digital Europe, a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. This was also an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, and gain insights from the experiences shared by guest speakers.

Horizon Europe funding opportunities

Horizon Europe, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, currently offers funding opportunities for various digital topics in Cluster 4. The deadline for submitting project proposals is 19 March 2024. The estimated budget for the projects to be funded exceeds €370 million and will support approximately 47 projects.

The calls for proposals cover a wide range of subjects, such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning, cloud-to-edge, quantum computing, nano technology, open source software and software engineering. During the event, participants were introduced to a selection of these topics, gaining insights into relevant policies and past initiatives.

Digital Europe: large-scale projects and digital skills

The Digital Europe Programme (DEP) offers funding for large-scale projects and the development of digital skills. The deadline for the current DEP call for proposals, which has an estimated budget of €194.5 million, is 26 September 2023. The subjects covered by the call include, for example, cloud, AI, the circular economy, digital twins and cybersecurity. During the event, participants received detailed information on selected topics, including the specific requirements and nuances relevant to those interested in participating in a DEP consortium.

The event also featured presentations from successful applicants in Luxembourg. Wei Gu, Service Innovation Leader, and Christophe Trefois, Technology Leader at the Luxembourg National Data Service (LNDS), shared their experience of securing funding for the LNDS through the DEP, while Moussa Ouedraogo, Head of Enterprise and Cybersecurity at Fujitsu Luxembourg, shared his Horizon Europe journey. These presentations provided valuable insights into establishing oneself as a key player in European funding.

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United Kingdom partners eligible in Horizon Europe


On 7 September 2023, the UK government, in conjunction with the European Commission, officially announced that the UK is now associated with Horizon Europe. This means that consortia applying for funding from Horizon Europe can now include partners from the UK as beneficiaries.
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Deadline postponed for two digital calls


The deadlines for two digital calls have been extended by two months until 22 November 2023.
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Pre-proposal check for Horizon Europe Cluster 2 calls open until 18 October 2023


The Net4Society network has launched a proposal check process for prospective applicants aiming to submit proposals for the Horizon Europe 2024 Cluster 2 calls. The submission of applications is open until 18 October 2023.
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TrustChain applications are open!


€1.989.000 will be distributed in the Open Call #2 among up to 17 projects in grants of up €117.000, with free coaching and access to infrastructure.
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Innovation fund: Supporting the scaling up of innovative low carbon technologies


The current call for projects of the Innovation Fund – the EU’s fund for climate policy – is open until 19 September 2023. Luxinnovation is available to guide Luxembourg players interested in submitting proposals.
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