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Horizon Europe

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

Horizon 2020

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

Digital Europe

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

Other EU Funding

There are many other relevant EU funding programmes, managed by several agencies and directorates.

Specific Objective 4


Advanced digital skills

The European Commission aims to tackle the digital skills gap and promote projects and strategies to improve the level of digital skills in Europe.

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Marie Timmermann

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About this programme

About the programme

Digital Europe funds the design and delivery of specialised programmes and traineeships for future experts in key capacity areas like data and AI, cybersecurity, quantum and HPC. It also aims to support the upskilling of the existing workforce through training in such areas.

The actions under this Specific Objective aim at supporting the excellence of EU education and training institutions in digital areas, including by encouraging their cooperation with research and businesses. The goal is to improve the capacity to nurture and attract digital talents.

Areas of action include:

  • Providing education and training opportunities for future experts in key capacity areas like data and ethical artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, quantum and HPC. The programme will support networks of education and training institutions, research centres and businesses for the design and delivery of specialised education programmes as well as traineeships to acquire advanced digital skills needed for specific technologies;
  • Reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce through short-term trainings reflecting the latest developments in key capacity areas;
  • Developing and designing Digital Crash Courses for SMEs;
  • Conducting a detailed analysis to identify emerging trends and needs;
  • Addressing the gender gap in ICT, aiming to attract more women and girls to education and jobs in ICT.

The preparation of a European data space for skills will contribute to mapping and identifying needs and developments across the EU.

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BEAT-AF - Ground-Breaking Electroporation-based intervention for Atrial Fibrillation treatment

The Horizon2020 project BEAT-AF brings together 9 European renowned clinical centres in France, Belgium, Czechia, Germany and Austria. Together, the consortium strives to revolutionize Atrial Fibrillation (AF) treatment through catheter ablation and contribute to decrease the huge burden of AF in Europe. The BEAT-AF project kicked off in 2021 and will run until 2026. The department of electrophysiology of the AZ Sint-Jan Hospital in Bruges is partner in the project and has so far contributed to the pre-clinical development, the first in man studies and first registries of the revolutionary AF treatment put forward by the consortium. The first pilot studies show that the treatment is safe, effective and efficient.