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Digital Europe – Preparatory actions for the data space for Agriculture – 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.

2 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
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 develop a secure and trusted data space to enable the agriculture sector to transparently share and access data allowing for an increase in its economic and environmental performance.


  • Priority 1: Explore possible options and conceptual approaches for the future deployment of data space;
  • Priority 2: Develop provisions for transparent control of data access and use, governance and business models for the data space considering, among others, the evolving regulatory environment, cross data-space elements, and experiences with the EU Code of Conduct on sharing agriculture data by contractual agreement;
  • Priority 3: Facilitate the sharing, processing and analysis of production data, open data and possibly other public data (e.g. soil data).

Among financed actions 

  • Undertake an inventory of existing platforms sharing agricultural data;
  • Take stock of experience gained with the above-mentioned Code of Conduct;
  • Take stock of experiences gained with other types of data sharing as well as with data (set) generation in the private and public domains;
  • Explore different possible design approaches for the data space(e.g. serving private data sharing and interests, serving private data sharing interests complemented by public data, serving private and public interests), and elaborate the advantages and disadvantages;
  • Propose design/conceptual approaches, for the set-up of the data space, identify common essential elements and develop corresponding business models;
  • Develop a multi-stakeholder governance scheme of the data space;
  • Get broad consensus on the approach, governance, and business models.
  • Develop a roadmap for the step-wise deployment of data space, including the identification of public and private data sets which are expected to particularly contribute to the objectives of the data space.

Additional information 

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 18 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 budget of the call: 4 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic: 2 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 2 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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