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Green and digital skills and training needs for a just transition
|Funding Program||Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies|
|Call budget||€ 2,500,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||around € 500,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
The Commission has proposed to make 2023 the European Year of Skills. The development and dissemination of innovative training programmes which equip the labour force with green and advanced digital skills has to be part of the solution. Proposals may focus on the skills needs of occupations in one or more specific industrial sectors.
In order to tackle climate and environmental-related challenges, Europe is committed to transform its economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and becoming climate neutral by 2050. Delivering on the green transition can have a positive effect on the total number of jobs in the EU with almost 1 million jobs being added with the right policies in place. However, in order for the transition to be successful and fair, existing and new workers need to be equipped with the right skills. In order to do that, they should have access to lifelong learning and dedicated up-skilling and reskilling programmes.
In a similar way, advanced digital skills require more than mastering coding or having a basis of computing sciences. With emerging technologies around quantum, AI, big data and other key technologies, the need for ICT specialist is increasing. For example, there were only 7.8 million ICT specialists in 2019 with a prior annual growth rate of 4.2%. If this trend continues, Europe will be far below the projected need of 20 million experts e.g. for key areas underlying its competiveness and enabling the green transition. More than 70% of businesses report a lack of staff with adequate skills as an obstacle to investments.
In light of these needs, the Commission has proposed to make 2023 the European Year of Skills. The development and dissemination of innovative training programmes which equip the labour force with green and advanced digital skills has to be part of the solution. Proposals may focus on the skills needs of occupations in one or more specific industrial sectors. They should build on the existing Erasmus+ Blueprint Alliances for sectoral cooperation on skills where available (introduced in the 2016 New Skills Agenda for Europe, and gradually rolled out for an increasing number of sectors), as well as on the existing large-scale skills partnerships in industrial eco-systems under the Pact for Skills following the 2020 European Skills Agenda. Where relevant, outcomes from this call should feed into the Deep Tech Talents Initiative, for instance through cooperation with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in designing a mechanism to monitor and report on deep tech skills that support the green and digital transition, the related education and training programmes and its dissemination in Europe.
Skills development should take into account the twin green and digital transition and support labour markets with the aim to increase EU growth potential, including by fostering deep-tech solutions.
Proposals should address at least two of the following aspects:
Proposals should have a clear strategy for identifying the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed training. Proposals should also indicate the number of beneficiaries they expect to reach with the project outcomes: both during the initial project duration, and in a possible follow-up project/during scale-up. They should anticipate questions related to the scalability and dissemination of the resulting output, for instance by involving suitable stakeholders.
Where relevant, the proposals should build on and feed into the mechanism developed and applied by EIT such as the Deep Tech Talent Initiative (DTTI), a pioneering programme that aim to skill one million people within European deep tech fields over the next three years. The important dimension of the EIT DTTI is to ensure that companies and industry representatives are part of the curricula development and that curricular elements are continuously updated in line with the changing labour market needs in the technology area.
Proposals should also explain how the activities support transferability, certification and recognition of the skills and competencies, following relevant industry standards or horizontal models, such as EIT Label for non-degree education and training.
Proposals should envisage collaboration and synergies with related projects such as Bridges 5.0.
All output material should be published with a ‘Creative Commons license’ to allow further use free of charge.
This topic requires the effective contribution of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities.
Social innovation is recommended when the solution is at the socio-technical interface and requires social change, new social practices, social ownership or market uptake.
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, 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)|
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
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)|
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & 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 parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 33 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.
To ensure a balanced portfolio covering skills in the different areas, grants will be awarded to applications not only in order of ranking, but also to projects covering different areas, provided that the applications attain all thresholds.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 6 (799kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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