Protecting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises digital technology through an innovative cyberSECurity framework

The SMESEC is now running 3 Open calls for validation of the SMESEC solution for Experts, SMEs and SME Associations. 

The three categories/types of validation calls:

There are 3 types of categories. The first is dedicated for a team of experts, the second (2a and 2b) is dedicated to SMEs and the third is dedicated to SME associations.

  1. (For experts) A team of experts will be selected to assess the security level of the involved SMEs before
    and after the deployment of the SMESEC Framework. The applicants will be selected based on the proved experience in assessing systems for cyber-threat, their cybersecurity expertise and overall IT experience.
  2. (For SMEs) 2A:  5 SMEs will be selected to incorporate SMESEC framework and take advantage of all the features provided by SMESEC. All applicants will be placed into three categories (high, medium, low) based on the expertise on IT and the adoption level of ICT to their day-to-day operations. Then 2 applicants will be selected from the high category, 2 from the medium category, and 1 from the low category. 2B 3 applicants with a strong background in cybersecurity will be selected, to provide cybersecurity solutions that will test the external integration API, incorporating their solutions to the solutions of the SMESEC framework.
  3. (For SME associations) 1 applicant will be selected (association, community, or ecosystem) to help increase awareness on SMEs cybersecurity issues by using and validating the SMESEC framework. Applicants will help to organise collective actions and provide feedback about KPIs and SME practice improvements recommended by the SMESEC tools to improve our solutions. The applicants will be evaluated on the number of SMEs involved and on the potential impact of the SMESEC framework to increase SMEs’ cybersecurity protection.


We encourage SMEs to participate in the validation of the SMESEC framework. By participating you not only have influence on the evaluation of the SMESEC framework, but also improve your own company security and get up to €20.000 of funds!

The objective of the SMESEC project can be summarised in the following:

  • High-quality cybersecurity solutions attractive to SMEs with a restricted budget
  • Provide cybersecurity training and awareness for SMEs and all type of employees
  • Test and validate our solution with four initial use cases and have an open call when the
  • solution is more mature
  • Ready to market solution

Project Benefits: 

  • Improving security and reducing the risk of cyber attacks.
  • Increasing security awareness for employees.
  • Providing up to €20.000 of funds per participant.

Available funding per category:

• In category 1, a maximum one proposal will be funded with € 20.000,00 (excl. VAT)
• In category 2a, a maximum of five proposals will be funded with € 15.000,00 (excl.
• In category 2b, a maximum of three proposals will be funded with € 12.000,00 (excl.
• In category 3, a maximum of one proposal will be funded with € 7.000,00 (excl. VAT)

The financing of the SMEs will be performed in a single deposit, upon the delivery and
acceptance of the evaluation report.


More information :

Information booklet 

Project Website supports European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT, “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and encourages EU experts’ presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. This new initiative funded by the European Commission focuses on supporting the participation and contribution of the EU specialists to the standard setting organisations (SSOs). Supported activities cover the 5 essential building blocks of the Digital Single Market:

  • 5G
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big Data
  • IoT

These are the main topics for a series of 10 Open calls focused on priority domains and a continuous cascading grants process, launched by from March 2018, providing support for European specialists to contribute to ongoing standards development activities, and attend SSO meetings.

The table below shows the different type of grants and funding range available for anyone who register as an applicant and submit a proposal:

Proposal type Description (example) Contract duration Funding range
LT – Long term contributions (with travel option) Contribution to ongoing standards development as chair or member of an SDO WG. E.g. comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings, paying membership fees, Up to 12 months €5,000 – €8,000
ST – Short-Term contributions (with travel option) Contribution to standards documentation e.g. liaison to WG, comments on standards drafts, participation at meeting paying membership fees, 1 month – 6 months €1,000 – €5,000
OS – One-Shot (Event participation) Support to ensure participation at workshop or event (e.g., participant, observer, presentation) Ad-hoc for event participation €1.000 – €3,000

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