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Privacy-preserving and identity management technologies
Horizon Europe - Cluster 3 - Destination 4: Increased Cybersecurity
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 2,000,000.00 and € 4,000,000.00
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Proposals should address usability, scalability and reliability of secure and privacy-preserving technologies in supply chain and take integration with existing infrastructures and traditional security measures into account.
Using big data for digital services and scientific research brings about new opportunities and challenges. For example, machine-learning methods process medical and behavioural data in order to find causes and explanations for diseases or health risks. However, a large amount of this data is personal data. Leakage or abuse of this kind of data, potential privacy risks (e.g. attribute disclosure or membership inference) and identity compromises pose threats to individuals, society and economy, which hamper further developing data spaces involving personal data. Likewise, there are similar challenges for the exploitation of non-personal/industrial data assets that may compromise the opportunities offered by the data economy. Advanced privacy-preserving technologies such as, for example, cryptographic anonymous credentials, homomorphic encryption, secure multiparty computation, and differential privacy have the potential to address these challenges. However, further work is required to ensure and test their applicability in real-world use case scenarios.
The security of any digital service or the access to data is based on secure digital identities. The eID Regulation provides the legal framework on which to build technological solutions that address the user needs concerning their digital identity. With regards to personal data, it is also important to develop self-sovereign identity solutions that give users complete control on their personal data and use.
Proposals should address usability, scalability and reliability of secure and privacy-preserving technologies in supply chain and take integration with existing infrastructures and traditional security measures into account. They should further take into account, whenever needed, the legacy variation in data types and models across different organizations. The proposed solutions should be validated and piloted in realistic, federated data infrastructures such as, for example, European data spaces. They should ensure compliance with data regulations and be GDPR compliant by-design. Open-source solutions are encouraged.
Consortia should bring together interdisciplinary expertise and capacity covering the supply and the demand side, i.e. industry, service providers and, where relevant, end-users. The use of authentication and authorisation infrastructure framework tools developed for data spaces, and notably with the European Open Science Cloud, could be considered. Participation of SMEs is strongly encouraged. Legal expertise should also be added to ensure compliance of the project results with data regulations and the GDPR.
The identification and analysis of potential regulatory aspects and barriers for the developed technologies/solutions is encouraged, where relevant.
Projects’ results are expected to contribute to some or all of the following outcomes:
- Improved scalable and reliable privacy-preserving and identity management technologies for federated and secure sharing and for processing of personal and industrial data and their integration in real-world systems;
- Improving privacy-preserving technologies for cyber threat intelligence and data sharing solutions;
- Privacy by design;
- Contribution to promotion of GDPR compliant European data spaces for digital services and research (in synergy with DATA Topics of Horizon Europe Cluster 4). Also, contribution to the promotion of eID Regulation compliant European solutions;
- Research and development of self-sovereign identity management technologies and solutions;
- Provide resource efficient and secure digital identity solutions for Small and medium sized enterprises (SME);
- Strengthened European ecosystem of open-source developers and researchers of privacy-preserving solutions;
- Usability of privacy-preserving and identity management technologies.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), 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
Education and training institution, International organization, 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:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating 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:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
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.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- 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 to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
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:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
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 50 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.