The European Commission will allocate 150 million euros in the next 3 years to finance Digital Security projects

The call for Digital Security is included in the Social Challenge Work Program 7: Secure Societies – Protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens, is endowed with 150 million euros until 2020 and will open on March 15, 2018 .

The objective of this call is to ensure that society as a whole benefits from easy-to-use systems for cybersecurity, digital privacy and protection of personal data, which will allow active participation of citizens and organizations in their own security, privacy and protection. of personal data. To this end, the development of new technologies and work methods that will help to face emerging threats with certainty will be financed.

Cybersecurity, digital privacy and data protection

Trust and security are the core of the Digital Single Market Strategy [1], while the fight against cybercrime is one of the three pillars of the European Security Agenda [2].

The new set of measures in the area of ​​cybersecurity based on actions carried out previously has been recently announced in the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council “Resistance, deterrence and defense: building a strong cybersecurity for the EU” [3] and have helped define many of the challenges that arise in this call.

The compliance of European infrastructures, products and services with European directives, regulations and standards will promote trust in consumers and suppliers, paving the way for a competitive and reliable Digital Single Market. The development of innovative solutions and services in digital security, privacy and protection of personal data will open up new market opportunities for EU companies and will guarantee an environment of trust for governments, businesses, people and smart users. . The technologies of cybersecurity and privacy will contribute significantly to strengthen the competitiveness of the EU industry and allow its development as a global leader in the global market.

Social aspects

Special mention is made of the social aspects and the human factor of research in this challenge, understanding safety as a social value and guiding principle throughout the work program. The impact of the actions on society must therefore be considered in the proposals, and it must be demonstrated that the security proposed in the research meets the needs of society and not only does it have no negative impacts on it, but benefits it.

Participation of SMEs

After the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation, this call specifically promotes the participation of SMEs in collaborative projects, as well as the approach of recently developed technologies to the market through the application of pre-commercial purchases.

National Information Day

On the occasion of the opening of the 2018 call for the Safe Societies theme, on February 20, 2018, the National Information Day is celebrated within the framework of the SICUR-IFEMA fair in Madrid with France as the guest country. The organization will be run by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) in collaboration with the European Commission and the Executive Agency Agency, IFEMA, Madri + d Foundation, TEDAE and the French association GICAT.


  • Additional information about the National Information Day and registration:

  • Work program Challenge 7: Secure societies – Protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens:

  • Thematic, deadlines and budget of the Digital Security call:,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020- SU-DS-2018-2019-2020 / 1/1/1 / default-group & callStatus / t / Forthcoming / 1/1/0 / default-group & callStatus / t / Open / 1/1/0 / default-group & callStatus / t / Closed / 1/1/0 / default-group & + identifier / desc

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