EU Launches €176 Million Digital Investment Drive for Data, AI, and Skills

The European Commission has initiated a new round of calls for proposals as part of the 2023-2024 Work Programmes of the Digital Europe Programme aimed at enhancing digital capabilities within the EU. These calls are accessible to businesses, public administrations, and other entities from EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries, and associated nations, with a budget exceeding €176 million. 

Key investments include €74 million to bolster sectoral data spaces and support projects related to data management. Additionally, €30 million will be allocated to projects focusing on cloud-to-edge infrastructure integration to enhance collaboration among telecom and industrial sectors. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) will receive €67.5 million in investment, with initiatives like the Alliance for Language Technologies aimed at fostering European large language models and generative AI to promote linguistic diversity and facilitate better data sharing. 

Further investments include €4 million to advance digital skills, focusing on initiatives such as the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform and projects dedicated to promoting gender convergence in the ICT sector. An additional €1 million will be allocated to enhance collaboration on cross-border digital public services. 

The deadline for proposal submissions is 29 May 2024. More information on supported activities and grant applications is available online. Further calls under the 2023-2024 Work Programme are anticipated to be released later in the summer. 

Find out more on the European Commission’s website

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