Call: Secretariat for the Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor technologies
|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
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:
|Link||Link to Programme|
Secretariat for the Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor technologies
|Description of call |
"Secretariat for the Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor technologies"
This action is set to support the operational activities of the industrial Alliance on processors and semiconductor technologies launched by the European Commission on 19 July 2021. The Alliance stems from the European industrial strategy updated on 5 March 2021. Its purpose is to gather relevant stakeholders, including industry, Member States representatives and other experts, with relevant activities in the EU and EEA in view of strengthening Europe’s industrial capacities in the design and manufacturing of advanced processors and other electronic components.
The Alliance should reinforce the European electronics design ecosystem, in particular including design at leading-edge nodes and open-source hardware solutions, to develop the most powerful and resource efficient processors. It should also support the establishment of the necessary manufacturing capacity, which may include assembly testing and advanced packaging, by a diversified mix of local and global players, to produce the next generation of trusted processors and other electronic components and technologies needed to meet this objective. This will translate into a twin track to be developed in parallel: moving Europe towards a production capacity of 16 nm to 10 nm, as well as below 5 nm to 2 nm (and beyond).
The activities of the Alliance will contribute 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.
In carrying out its tasks, the Alliance should seek, among others, to foster and create synergies and to ensure the efficient cross-coordination between various public and private initiatives of R&D, innovation and deployment in electronic components and systems. It also should foster new collaboration and partnership across its participants, including SMEs, reinforcing the ecosystem and bringing about new investment opportunities.
The Secretariat shall support the day-to-day work of the members of the Alliance in carrying out the main tasks of the Alliance as defined in the Alliance Terms of Reference. These latter would notably perform planning, analysis and identification of critical gaps in the semiconductor value chain, development of strategic objectives and roadmaps, leverage investment and innovation synergies.
This action also consists in providing the following support services to the Alliance:
The Secretariat of the Alliance shall ensure the principles of open access, transparency and necessity for the activities it is entrusted with.
The Secretariat of the European Alliance will support the European Commission in making the Alliance a sustainable stakeholder platform that will deliver on the following outcomes:
|Link||Link to Call|
|Thematic Focus||Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Digitisation, ICT, Telecommunication, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation|
|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|
|Applicant details|| In order to be eligible,
the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: |
|Project Partner Details||The consortium should be representative of the European processor and semiconductor technology value chain and of the technology priorities of the Alliance, including end-user companies, associations and research and technology organisations. It should be representative of the types of stakeholders that are eligible to the Alliance (as set out in the Terms of Reference) and comply with the security assurance, EU data protection, trade secrets and IP protection legislation as set out in the Membership Eligibility Criteria of the Alliance.|
|Project duration max||36 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 1,000,000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%. |
Funding rate: 100 % - Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)
Project budget (maximum grant amount): EUR 1,000,000 per project
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible.|