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Horizon Europe is the main Research and Innovation Funding Programme of the European Commission.

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Horizon 2020 is the previous Funding Programme. There are no longer calls, but projects can run until 2024.

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Digital Europe is a Funding Programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and administrations.

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Enhancing EU R&I  

ERA Talent Platform launched

At the EURAXESS Biennial Conference 2024, which took place in Katowice, Poland, the European Research Area Talent Platform was presented. The ERA Talent Platform provides access to a range of services for researchers and research and innovation institutions, including the: EURAXESS networks and portals: Researchers can search the database for vacancies, hosting and funding offers and connect with local EURAXESS Service Centers for guidance on relocation to career development services. Furthermore career development tools and resources are offered. Organisations can publish job vacancies and hosting offers in the database to attract talented staff. Resources and tools are available for existing EURAXESS career development services and to set up new ones. Human Resources Excellence in Research award (HRS4R) which is awarded to research performing organisations that are progressing in the implementation of the principles of the European Charter for Researchers in their policies and practices. RESAVER pension scheme Innovation Talent Platform which will become an EU-wide matchmaking tool to help European businesses to find the talents they need beyond EU. Research and Innovation Careers Observatory: The objective is to develop a living information repository for monitoring trends in research and innovation talent development, careers and circulation in EU and OECD countries and other major economies and will be made available in the second half of 2025. Visit the ERA Talent Platform

Digital, Industry & Space   Horizon Europe  

Space4Cities opportunities for Flemish companies

SPACE4Cities is a Horizon Europe funded pre-commercial procurement project that aims to procure replicable solutions, via smart use of European satellite data, for better and more dynamic management of public space, green areas, transport infrastructure and city maintenance—and the cities’ overall resilience. Open Market Consultation To prepare the €2.87 million Call for Tenders and its specifications, SPACE4Cities partners are conducting an Open Market Consultation (OMC) from June 2024 until the end of October 2024. In the SPACE4Cities Pre-Commercial Procurement, five innovative solutions will be selected at the end of a three-step process and will then be implemented for five public procurers: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Athens (Attica region), Ghent and Guimarães. To this end, Suppliers will be invited to submit their tenders in Q1 2025 while the Call for tenders is open. Suppliers may be either companies, research centres or non-profit organisations and may submit a tender as part of a consortium or as a single entity. To prepare the €2.87 million Call for Tenders and its specifications, SPACE4Cities partners are conducting an Open Market Consultation (OMC) from June 2024 until the end of October 2024. The questions asked, feedback and results obtained during the OMC will help SPACE4Cities partners to elaborate the most appropriate requirements possible. Participating in the OMC is an undeniable asset in order to prepare for the call for tenders. In fact, suppliers are invited to explain what is currently being done on the market, how they can innovate, comment on the feasibility of the PCP process, and start thinking about their submission.   To allow that, SPACE4Cities strives to create an open forum via the following tools: A series of three European-wide webinars held in English; One webinar in each procurer’s language to stimulate the national ecosystem; A confidential survey to specify on the three targeted markets; A regularly updated Q&A page gathering all questions from the previous channels; A matchmaking form to facilitate consortium-building between suppliers. Organisations that have filled the matchmaking form are listed in the matchmaking list. An interactive OMC Community on LinkedIn where you can ask questions and search consortium partners. SPACE4Cities commits to keep a strictly fair, transparent and open market consultation and reminds all stakeholders that participating in the OMC does not provide any preference for the forthcoming €2.87 million call for tenders, planned in the first quarter of 2025. However, all insights received until November 2024 will help to refine our challenges and feed our specifications. Participation in the OMC is not mandatory in order to participate in the Call for Tenders.

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Mission Restore our Ocean & waters: Digital Ocean Forum 2024

This high-level event, taking place under the auspice of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU  Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU, on 13 June 2024 (10:00-16:30) at the Palace of the Academies, Brussels, will be hybrid and open to the public.  To join this hybrid event and participate:  In-person: register here to join us, in-person, at the Breydel Auditorium Online: please sign up to this platform to follow the web stream The Digital Ocean Forum 2024 will be the occasion to unveil the prototype of the EU Digital Twin Ocean (DTO) and to showcase what the EU DTO, as a Commission public service, can do for the sustainable development of our blue economies and the management of our ocean resources, as well as how it contributes to the implementation of the Green Deal and the UN Decade of Science for Sustainable Development.  It will bring together experts, stakeholders, policymakers and interested citizens in the co-design and co-creation of the European Digital Twin of the Ocean.  The high-level public event will be preceded by a scientific workshop, to gather further feedback and requirements from key EU and national research projects and initiatives and establish priorities for future developments with a strong user-centric approach. The scientific workshop is by invitation only. If you wish to participate, please contact    This event is co-organised with Mercator Ocean International and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).  


image of MareGraph - Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph

MareGraph - Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph

The MareGraph project, ‘Towards an Interoperable Marine Knowledge Graph’, obtained funding under the Digital Europe topic ‘OPEN-AI – Public Sector Open Data for AI and Open Data Platform’. The project will increase the semantic, technical, and legal interoperability of three selected high-valued datasets (HVDs) all maintained by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), which is one of the four partners of the project. This will allow the onboarding of essential marine datasets in the Common European Data Spaces. As such MareGraph will provide a structural component in the digital transition of the marine landscape. The numerous impacts of the project will benefit our seas globally in old and new ways to come.