Matchmaking Event: Funding Opportunities for Strategic Digital Skills Development

About the event

This event represents a joint initiative of the Digital Large-Scale Partnership and its member Skills Alliances – Artificial Intelligence Skills Alliance, Blockchain Skills for Europe Alliance, and Cybersecurity Skills Alliance – and it brings together research and innovation stakeholders to explore collaborative ventures for the development of educational programmes in key digital sectors.

It will focus on the opportunities offered by two open calls for proposals under the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programmes, namely:

Participants will have the chance to engage in one-to-one meetings and pitch their project ideas, receive feedback, and explore potential collaborations during an online matchmaking session. 

Who should participate?

The event is addressed to higher education institutions, vocational schools and similar organisations, public authorities in the field of education and employment, innovation agencies, research organisations, businesses and other innovation ecosystem actors that have the capacity to contribute to education programmes in the areas of advanced digital skills for developers and users of advanced digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, virtual worlds, photonics, quantum, cloud and edge computing, robotics and automatization, and others.

About the funding opportunities

  • HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-02-01: Expanding Academia-Enterprise Collaborations: This action fosters the creation of innovation ecosystems with educational and research institutions or strengthens their existing links. Proposals should outline activities for supporting educational and research institutions to take a greater entrepreneurial role, e.g. through boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within their activities. Learn more about this call for proposals here.
  • DIGITAL-2024-ADVANCED-DIGITAL-07-KEYCAPACITY: Specialised Education Programmes in Key Capacity Areas: The primary objective of this topic is to support the design and deliver a higher degree education programme(s) at ISCED levels 6, 7, 8 (doctoral or equivalent level) in selected key digital areas and for the acquisition of advanced digital skills in specific strategic sectors: virtual worlds, edge computing, quantum computing, photonics, and robotics and automatization. Learn more about this call for proposals during a dedicated info day on the 5th of July here.


Speakers are TBC

Introductory remarks  15:00 – 15:05

Presentation of the two calls for proposals

15:05 – 15:35
  • Natasa Kurucki, Policy Officer – Innovation Policy & Access to Finance, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Break 15:35 – 15:40

Matchmaking session: 1-to-1 meetings

15:40 – 17:30