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Digital Europe – Data Spaces Support Centre – 2021

The Digital Europe 2021-2027 programme aims 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.

14 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To set up and operate a Support Centre, which coordinates all relevant actions on sectorial data spaces and makes available (blueprint) architectures and data infrastructure requirements for the data spaces, including possible technologies, processes, standard and tools that will allow reuse of data across sectors by the public sector and European businesses, notably SMEs;
  • To support the work of the envisaged Data Innovation Board in view of enhancing the interoperability of data as well as data sharing services between different sectors and domains;
  • To identify cross-sector standards to be used and developed for data use and cross-sector data sharing, to carry out cross-sectoral comparisons and to identify best practices with regards to sectoral requirements for security, access procedures, while taking into account sector-specific standardisations activities.


  • Priority 1: Creation of a network of stakeholders that will have the following main tasks:
    • Support the creation of a community of practice in the field of data sharing;
    • Liaise with the actions under section 2.1 and to promote the competitive and seamless access and use of cloud infrastructures and services.
  • Priority 2: Collaboration with the network of stakeholders with the following main tasks:
    • Identify the common requirements for data infrastructure across sectoral data spaces (e.g. technical design, functionality, operation and governance, legal and ethical aspects);
    • Define the guiding design principles for the creation of data spaces;
    • Identify architecture and technical data governance frameworks establishing enabling schema both at sector or domain level and for cross-sector data use;
    • Identify and address legal issues and other market-relevant barriers;
    • Identify common toolboxes that could be used across data spaces.
  • Priority 3: Create a platform to support the knowledge exchange between all actors in the data economy and provide support for the deployment of the common building blocks necessary for implementation of sectoral common data spaces. The platform will have the following main tasks:
    • Offer and promote the use of common architecture and technical data governance especially those identified by the network of stakeholders;
    • Test and approve the solutions and make them available to the data spaces;
    • Publish good practices for standards, technical tools such as APIs, and provide advice on other practical and legal questions;
    • Give access to model contract clauses tested in previous data transactions and backed by public authorities;
    • Liaise with all relevant activities and initiatives at European and international level including those funded under the research programmes Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe;
    • Provide support to the preparation of new data spaces as indicated in the Data Strategy.

Among financed actions

  • Identification & authentication of parties;
  • Access rights management and access control;
  • Research, communication & dissemination, networking.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 42 months.


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • A consortium composed of at least 3 independant entities, established in at least 3 different eligible countries must be constituted.
  • Total amount of the call: 140 million euro
  • Total amount for this topic: 14 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 14 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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