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Digital Europe – Secretariat for the Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor technologies – 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.

2022-02-22
1 million euro
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Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries
Details

Countries eligible for the grant:

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

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Priorities and funded actions

Objectives

  • To reinforce the European electronics design ecosystem, in particular including design at leading-edge nodes and open-source hardware solutions;
  • To support the establishment of the necessary manufacturing capacity, which may include assembly testing and advanced packaging;
  • To deliver on the EU’s digital targets for 2030, by addressing use cases for all sectors of the economy, notably mobility, communications, industrial manufacturing, security and health.

Priorities 

  • Priority 1: Deliver on the EU’s digital targets for 2030, by addressing use cases for all sectors of the economy, notably mobility, communications, industrial manufacturing, security and health;
  • Priority 2: Foster and create synergies and ensure the efficient cross-coordination between various public and private initiatives of R&D, innovation and deployment in electronic components and systems;
  • Priority 3: Enable the establishment of a data governance mechanism, with a detailed roadmap on how embryonic data spaces for manufacturing should progressively accelerate into a pan-European manufacturing data space and reach out to a very large user base, in particular SMEs.

Among financed actions

  • The development of strategic roadmaps and research and investment plans for processor design, including at leading-edge nodes and alternative architectures, for example through open-source hardware, that support significant improvements in energy performance and speed;
  • The development of strategic roadmaps and research and investment plans for advanced process technology manufacturing, including at leading nodes towards the 2nm, that takes into account the full semiconductor value-chain;
  • The identification of obstacles and bottlenecks for the advancement of processor design and advanced manufacturing capabilities;
  • The identification of the needs of end-users for the next decade;
  • The creation of more opportunities for exploitation by SMEs of advanced chip technologies in innovative products;
  • The reinforcement of the technology transfers between academia and the industry, including early-stage companies;
  • The creation of upskilling and reskilling opportunities for workers and students.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 24 months.

Eligibility 

  • 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.
Financement
  • Total budget of the call: 140 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic “Secretariat for the Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor technologies”: 1 million euro
  • Indicative budget per project: up to 1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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