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

1 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 support sharing and accessing skills data for various purposes, from analytical and statistical purposes to policy development or re-use in innovative applications.


  • Priority 1: Interoperability;
  • Priority 2: Provide easy, crossborder access to key datasets, deploying trust mechanisms (security and privacy by design);
  • Priority 3: Develop data services matching European values, in particular of ethics, diversity and privacy.

Among financed actions

  • Undertake an inventory of existing platforms collecting, storing and sharing education and skills data, in particular related to the green and digital transformations;
  • Outline a methodology on assessing the relevance and credibility of the digital skills data analysed;
  • Explore different possible design approaches for the data space (e.g. serving private data sharing and interests, that are also complemented by public data, serving private and public interests), and elaborate the advantages and disadvantages;
  • Propose/design conceptual approaches for the set-up of a data space allowing the sharing of high-quality data on qualifications, learning opportunities, training, jobs and skill sets of job seekers between relevant stakeholders;
  • Investigate possible ways of visualisation and user-friendly presentation of the analysed data;
  • Outline a growth and roll out strategy for the data space, including services and applications that could be envisaged in the future;
  • Develop a multi-stakeholder governance scheme of the data space with involvement of key actors of the digital skills, education and jobs community;
  • Get broad consensus on the approach, governance, and business models.

Additional information 

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 12 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: 1 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 1 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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