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Call key data

Digital Skills and Jobs Platform

Funding Program

Digital Europe

Call number




29.05.2024 17:00

Funding rate

100 %

Call budget

€ 2,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

€ 2,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The objective of this call is to ensure the establishment of new National Coalitions and national websites in Member States that do not have one yet as well as the continued operation and expansion of activities of already established National Coalitions and national websites. This action will be implemented through a coordination and support action, which will fund a consortium whose responsibility it is to ensure that the activities listed in this call are carried out.

Call objectives

This action aims to further extend the activities of National Coalitions’ websites established under CEF-TC calls in 2019 and 2020 as well as support the creation of new websites in Member States who do not have one yet within the network created by the CEF calls. In Member States that do not have a national website yet, a Nation Coalition should be set up. The national websites must be set up by the National Coalition of the Member States. The approach for how to support the establishment of the National Coalitions in Member States that do not have one yet and wishing to join is left up to the consortium. In Member States that already have a National Coalition and a national website, the consortium should ensure that either the already established National Coalition or another entity that wishes to become established as the new National Coalition (for example in the case where the existing National Coalition would like to cease being the National Coalition for that Member State) perform the activities listed in this call. They should make sure that any existing national website/database is reused for this purpose. In Member States that already have a National Coalition but no national website, the consortium must ensure that the National Coalition performs the activities listed in this call to establish and operate the national website towards the connection with the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

The consortium must provide a detailed description in their application of how they will ensure that activities below will be achieved by National Coalitions through their assistance. Proposals are highly encouraged to cover the following points explicitly under the RELEVANCE award criteria.

Activities will include:

  • Develop and connect the infrastructures (websites) of National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs that are not yet connected to the Core Platform through interoperable interconnections, integrating and enabling exchanges with the Core Platform components.
  • Provide access to national/regional/local actors and practices, building interoperable links to provide services relevant to the local context.
  • Expand and engage National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs that are already connected to the Core Platform.

Financial support to third parties (FSTP) is allowed in the call DIGITAL-2024- ADVANCED-DIGITAL-06 for grants under certain conditions. When drawing up their plan for the use of FSTP, the consortium could identify the National Coalitions already established/funded under CEF-TC 2019-2020 that are not part of the consortium and that might be funded under FSTP. The consortium could also look into attracting new National Coalitions in Members States that do not have one yet. It is expected that the FSTP will be adjusted proportionally to the activities to be achieved described below. While no ceiling is set for the total FSTP ratio in the budget, it is expected that the consortium ensures a reasonable distribution between the project budget to be used by the consortium and FSTP.

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Expected effects and impacts

The exchange of relevant content and data on digital skills and jobs at EU and national level between the national websites and the Core Platform will help students and job seekers find training/traineeship opportunities, support enterprises in addressing their skills needs, train employees, facilitate scale-up of innovative training solutions, strengthen cooperation between the National Coalitions and enable learning across sectors and borders, as well as recommending a learning path to end users.

This action will contribute to reaching the targets set in the Digital Decade Policy Programme of increasing to 80% the number of European adults possessing at least a basic level of digital skills and reaching 20 million ICT professionals in Europe, while promoting access to women in this field in order to bridge the gender gap in the technology sector, by 2030, and contributing to the digitisation of key economic sectors.

Expected results

The outcomes may vary as some Member States already have National Coalitions and national websites established while other do not yet. As a minimum, the consortium must ensure that all National Coalitions funded under this action carry out the following activities and Proposals are highly encouraged to cover those points (including General Provisions) explicitly under the IMPLEMENTATION award criteria:

  • Activity 1: Web development
    • 1.1. Development of one national website/database per participating Member State that do not have an established national website. The national website, serving as a “web antenna” (or link) to the Core Platform, must provide content and data on digital skills and jobs in a coherent and structured way in the official language(s) of the concerned country. Content must include interoperable links to the Core Platform as well as other national web antennas in line with the Technical Specifications.
    • 1.2. Upgrading and maintenance of the national websites in Member State where these have already been established.
    • 1.3. Technical maintenance, support and security updates must be provided for the national website.
  • Activity 2: Services, Content and Community related activities: Expected outputs to be delivered in official language(s) and published on the national websites of all National Coalitions (except 2.1):
    • 2.1 Presentation of the National Coalition and its members for new National Coalitions: an interoperable part based on the technical specifications provided under activity 1, covering digital skills for the labour force, ICT professionals and other digital experts, education, citizens.
    • 2.2 Presentation of relevant parts of the Core Platform content EU initiatives in digital skills and jobs, EU funding opportunities, news, events, etc. National Coalitions should also present additional relevant content from the Core Platform according to their territorial needs and specificities.
    • 2.3 Create and implement an interoperable repository of good practices, using the API model (from Activity 1) and connected to the Core Service Platform repository based on the technical specifications (from Activity 1) and a common, uniform approach. The proposed action must select and promote good practices that address gaps and local specificities.
    • 2.4 Create and implement an interoperable repository of resources on digital skills, with a specific section making available national and regional strategies and measures, training curricula, non-proprietary MOOCs, details on methodologies, case studies and other training material.
    • 2.5 Present relevant and innovative training opportunities on advanced digital skills currently available targeted at end users. Presented training opportunities should cover diverse settings (on-line, classroom, boot camps, work-based) and diverse formats (part-time, full-time, short term), offered by a wide range of providers (industry, formal education and training, open learning) to ensure flexibility and relevance to users. The website should allow stakeholders to submit for publication upcoming training opportunities on digital skills via an online interface and the National Coalition should implement a review procedure prior to publication. If such platforms/databases presenting relevant training offers on digital skills already exist at national and or regional level, the National Coalition should ensure visibility and links to those databases to facilitate search of relevant training opportunities by end users and increase overall transparency.
    • 2.6 Present funding opportunities for digital skills at national and European level, including for example relevant calls for proposals, loans for upskilling (e.g. income sharing agreements) and other financial instruments.
    • 2.7 Events: Each National Coalition should regularly publish relevant events in their online calendar, ensuring interoperability with the Core Platform system.
    • 2.8 News production and skills intelligence: each National Coalition must allow stakeholders to post/comment on/discuss news on various digital skills-related topics and information/data on the skills most needed in the country. It should also regularly publish news announcements.
    • 2.9 Webinars/online events, peer-to-peer learning and exchange of experience: the National Coalition must organise and publish webinars to inform stakeholders in the country and other National Coalition about digital skills development, approaches, and good practices. The National Coalition must also contribute, through national digital skills experts, to webinars/workshops organised by the Core Platform coordinator, to peer review the content of the Core Platform and identify links with national content and stakeholders.
    • 2.10 Communication, promotion and community management: the National Coalition should ensure, in agreement with the Core Platform owner, a common layout with recognisable features and sufficient promotion and communication about the content published on the national website. This will also encourage replicability and facilitate scaling of innovative solutions. In particular, the National Coalition should disseminate press releases and use online communication tools, such as newsletters and social media. It should also support the members’ efforts to inform their audiences about the platform services and content. It should encourage stakeholders to contribute actively to online activities on the Core Platform and make resources available through the repository.
  • Activity 3: Post-editing and localisation of content
    • All National Coalitions must provide translation of content and post-edit services from English to the official language(s) and vice versa, rendering content relevant for the local context.
    • The national websites must reuse the information on the Core Platform by publishing it in their official language(s) (e.g. EU policy information, skills intelligence, selected good practices, events, news, funding opportunities, content relevant for national stakeholders and activities). Conversely, the National Coalitions will review English translations of their content for the Core Platform, which will disseminate information from the national websites (e.g. good practices, funding/training opportunities, events, news).
    • The National Coalitions will access services from the European Commission’s Machine Translation system eTranslation. They will need to review the texts translated into their official language(s) from the machine translation system and post-edit them before publishing. Similarly, the National Coalitions will also review the automatic translation into English of content from the national websites before publishing on the Core Platform.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Iceland (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium composed of a minimum of 5 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 4 different countries of AND minimum 4 applicants must be National Coalitions funded under the CEF-TC calls CEF-TC-2019-2 and CEF-TC-2020-2. All already established National Coalitions are highly encouraged to apply as members of the consortium.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be:

  • legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • established in one of the eligible countries:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
    • other countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme (list of participating countries)

Specific cases:

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).

International organisations — International organisations are not eligible, unless they are International organisations of European Interest within the meaning of Article 2 of the Digital Europe Regulation (i.e. international organisations the majority of whose members are Member States or whose headquarters are in a Member State).

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’.

other eligibility criteria

Projects involving EU classified information must undergo security scrutiny to authorise funding and may be made subject to specific security rules (detailed in a security aspects letter (SAL) which is annexed to the Grant Agreement).

Financial support to third parties is allowed for grants or similar forms of support under the following conditions: 

  • the calls must be open, published widely and conform to EU standards concerning transparency, equal treatment, conflict of interest and confidentiality
  • the calls must be published on the Funding & Tenders Portal, and on the participants’ websites
  • the calls must remain open for at least two months
  • if call deadlines are changed this must immediately be published on the Portal and all registered applicants must be informed of the change
  • the outcome of the call must be published on the participants’ websites, including a description of the selected projects, award dates, project durations, and final recipient legal names and countries
  • the calls must have a clear European dimension. 
  • Your project application must clearly specify why financial support to third parties is needed, how it will be managed and provide a list of the different types of activities for which a third party may receive financial support. The proposal must also clearly describe the results to be obtained.

Additional information


Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

24 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
  • Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • detailed budget table/calculator: not applicable
    • CVs of core project team: not applicable
    • activity reports of last year: not applicable
    • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B): applicable
    • ownership control declarations: not applicable

Proposals are limited to maximum 50 pages (Part B).


European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

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