Deadline: 7th November 2023 | Call For Applications For Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL)

The call for applications for Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) of the European Commission is now accepted and open.

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This is a request for applications for European Union action funding in the area of high performance computing (Specific Objective 1).


  • The action’s main goal is to equip SMEs with high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities, allowing them to boost competitiveness, promote innovation, and overcome obstacles in the digitisation of R&D and business processes. The initiative will open up new possibilities, speed up growth, and support SMEs’ economic development by encouraging HPC usage. In order to establish SMEs as technological leaders, support their growth, and contribute to the general improvement of industries and economies, it is important to stimulate the HPC innovation potential of SMEs.


  • The proposals should outline a strategy for finding and luring SMEs whose access to advanced HPC services will considerably boost their innovation potential and competitiveness. The innovative potential of participating SMEs will be sufficiently stimulated by a method that involves financial support for third parties through open calls. The initiative helps SMEs use HPC to address certain business difficulties.
  • According to the EuroHPC JU, a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 30 million over the course of 4 years would enable this particular difficulty to be adequately addressed. This does not, however, preclude the submission and selection of proposals with a different timeframe or asking for a different sum.

Available funds

The call budget is 30,000,000 euros.

Expected Result

Following the stimulation of SMEs’ HPC innovative potential,

  • Increased market competitiveness for Europe by empowering SMEs to use HPC effectively for simulations, computational modelling, and data-intensive analytics, for example.
  • HPC enables accelerated innovation through creative thinking, in-depth research, and the creation of cutting-edge solutions through quicker prototyping, optimisation, experimentation, etc.
  • Reduced production cycles lead to increased productivity and efficiency since difficult calculations can be finished much more quickly and resources can be used more wisely.
  • The adoption of services made possible by large-scale simulations, data analysis, huge language models, or machine learning using HPC capabilities, expanding economic opportunities and introducing new markets
  • Expanding the HPC user base by luring new HPC users across various application sectors.

Activities That Qualify

  • The outcomes of initiatives funded by other EU financial programmes should be considered in new projects. The project proposals must provide a description of the complementarities.
  • Projects must be carried out on behalf of the EuroHPC JU with the appropriate prominence of the EuroHPC JU logo in all related communication and dissemination activities, clear identification of the EuroHPC JU as the action’s funding body, clear association of the training platform with the EuroHPC JU, and a call for participation in the International HPC Summer School. Projects must adhere to the interests and priorities of EU policy (such as environmental, social, and industrial, as well as trade and security).
  • Financial assistance to third parties is permitted under this call provided that it is open, extensively publicised, and complies with EU criteria for confidentiality, equality of treatment, and handling of conflicts of interest.
  • The results of the call must be made public on the websites of the participants, including details on the number of applications received and awards given out.


  • The beneficiaries and related entities applying (applicants) must:
  • be formed in one of the eligible nations, i.e., EU Member States (including OCTs), and be legal enterprises (public or private bodies)
  • non-EU nations
  • Before submitting the proposal, the beneficiaries and related companies must register in the Participant Register and be approved by the Central Validation Service (REA Validation). They will be asked to upload proof of their legal status and place of origin for validation.
  • In other consortium positions, such as those of related partners, subcontractors, or third parties providing in-kind contributions, other organisations may take part.

For more information visit the European Commission website for further details.

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