Call: Federated European infrastructure for genomics data
|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
|Description of programme
The general objectives of the Digital Europe Programme shall be 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.
The Programme shall be implemented in close coordination with other Union programmes as applicable, and shall aim:
It will reinforce EU critical digital capacities by focusing on the key areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, advanced computing, data infrastructure, governance and processing, the deployment of these technologies and their best use for critical sectors like energy, climate change and environment, manufacturing, agriculture and health. Thus, the Programme shall have five interrelated specific objectives:
The Digital Europe Programme is strategic in supporting the digital transformation of the EU industrial ecosystems targeting upskilling to provide a workforce for these advanced digital technologies. It supports industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and public administration in their digital transformation with a reinforced network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH). The Programme will accelerate the economic recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.
Specific Objective 1- High Performance Computing
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 1 – High Performance Computing shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 2 – Artificial Intelligence
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 2 – Artificial Intelligence shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 3 – Cybersecurity and Trust
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 3 – Cybersecurity and Trust shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 4 – Advanced Digital Skills
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 4 – Advanced Digital Skills shall support the development of advanced digital skills in areas covered by the Programme in order to contribute to increasing Europe’s talent pool, bridge the digital divide and foster greater professionalism, especially with regard to high performance and cloud computing, big data analytics, cybersecurity, distributed ledger technologies (e.g. blockchain), quantum technologies, robotics, AI, while taking gender balance into account. In order to tackle skills mismatches and to encourage specialisation in digital technologies and applications, the financial contribution shall pursue the following operational objectives:
Specific Objective 5 – Deployment and Best Use of Digital Capacities and Interoperability
The financial contribution from the Union under Specific Objective 5 – Deployment and Best Use of Digital Capacities and Interoperability shall pursue the following operational objectives while bridging the digital divide:
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Federated European infrastructure for genomics data
|Description of call |
"Federated European infrastructure for genomics data"
The main objective is to deploy sustainable and secure cross-border linkage of and access to a multitude of genomic and related phenotypic, clinical and other datasets across Europe based on the progress achieved in the context of the 1+ Million Genomes initiative (1+MG). Authorised data users, such as clinicians, researchers and innovators, will be able to advance our understanding of genomics for more precise and faster clinical decision-making, diagnostics, treatments and predictive medicine, and for improved public health measures that will benefit citizens, healthcare systems and the overall economy.
The technical infrastructure will be combined with sustainable governance mechanisms that will secure easy, cross-border access to key datasets in the targeted area, in line with the European data governance rules. GDPR-compliant and privacy-preserving authentication and data analysis services will be essential to ensure trust and protection of the identity of data provider and user. In addition, findability of the available data and access to the providers and services have to be addressed.
The genomic data infrastructure should be aligned with the developments under the European Health Data Space (EHDS). Appropriate collaboration/coordination mechanisms with the Joint Action TEHDAS and projects developing EHDS (or its components, e.g. electronic health records, rare disease registers and cancer images) need to be established and applied during the project lifetime.
In order to maximise the societal benefits of health data use, the genomic data infrastructure should be supported by advanced IT tools and capacities, e.g. AI, HPC, cloud, blockchain and trust solutions, as appropriate for enabling secure access to and distributed analysis of complex datasets. Moreover, support should be ensured to the creation, extension and adaptation (e.g. FAIRification) of genetic/genomic datasets.
The deployment of the infrastructure needs to be complemented and supported by communication actions with the aim of ensuring and maintaining high level of awareness, acceptance and trust in the main groups of stakeholders, notably European citizens, data holders, health professionals, researchers and public health authorities.
This action will support the deployment of the infrastructure needed to make harmonised European genomic data resources and linked clinical, phenotypic and other information, where available and relevant, securely findable and accessible across national borders. It may also support extension or upgrade of existing datasets and creation of new ones.
The implementation of the action should follow the specifications and guidelines developed within the 1+MG initiative (e.g. as regards interoperability and architecture supporting distributed and hybrid systems, specifications on reference APIs, meta-data, data structure and quality, legal requirements etc.) and leverage the outcomes of the H2020 Coordination and Support Action ‘Beyond 1 Million Genomes’ (B1MG). It should also take into account and use the outcomes of other relevant projects.
The infrastructure is expected to provide a federated network of connected genomic databases, deploying trust mechanisms (security and privacy by design), enabling data discovery, querying and use of appropriate computing capacities for distributed data analysis and providing a minimum of core services to facilitate the operation of the federated network. The federated system will comprise nodes with datasets, a common platform offering a (meta)-data catalogue, a single entry point for data queries and output delivery, links to high performance computing capacities and data access control, secure authorisation and authentication services, and access to other relevant services. The infrastructure will provide trusted environment for processing/forwarding data queries and ensure that the agreed data governance is well implemented.
To ensure maximum data protection, the data will be in principle analysed using distributed data analysis, while fully taking into account the applicable data protection requirements and the EU’s international obligations. Data transfer across national borders and/or central storage, if and when needed, may take place on a voluntary basis in accordance with the applicable EU and national legal requirements. The system connecting harmonised locally stored data sources should provide at least the following functionalities: data discoverability, data reception/access, secure interfaces (APIs), data access management, and data processing (analysis). It should be based on FAIR principles, including common interoperability standards and mechanisms.
The action is expected, throughout its lifetime, to inform and consult the country representatives in the 1+MG initiative. It should lead to defining a sustainable business model and setting up a coordination entity that will supervise the activities, run and maintain the system and its services, ensure the necessary agreements within the project and with Member States, and monitor the implementation of such agreements. The governance structures will ensure that the rights and duties of both public and private participants are duly respected.
The action should support the coordination of the multi-country project ‘Genome of Europe’ launched in the context of the 1+MG initiative towards creation of a European network of harmonised national genomic reference cohorts representative for the European population.
It should also design and implement a comprehensive communication strategy covering all relevant stakeholders and communication channels, both at the European and national levels.
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|Thematic Focus||Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Justice, Safety & Security, Administration & Governance, Health, Social Affairs, Sports|
|Funding area|| EU Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Eligible applicants||Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Other, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services, University, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, NGO / NPO, National Government|
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|Project duration min||36 months|
|Project duration max||48 months|
|Further info|| Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested
information and all required annexes and supporting documents: |
|Type of Funding||Grants|
|Financial details|| The available call budget is EUR 20,000,000. This budget
might be increased by maximum 20%. |
Funding rate: 50 %
Projektbudget (maximaler Zuschussbetrag): EUR 20.000.000 pro Projekt
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible.|