National Cyber Security Coordination and Development Centre
The development and implementation of the National Cyber Security Coordination and Development Centre for Ireland, generically known as the NCC-IE, under the Capacity Building remit of the National Cyber Security Centre is a key priority identified as part of the midterm review of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2024 as well as under the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2021/887).
NCC-IE has three distinct roles, namely:
contribution to policy and strategy formulation on cybersecurity funding supports, including national gatekeeper of the Union’s Cybersecurity Competence Community;
coordination and outreach to industry, academia, research and other societal stakeholders in regard to awareness and promotion of funding supports and associated networking opportunities, and;
distribution of small amounts of Union and matching national funds to industry and societal stakeholders, notably small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to strengthen the uptake of state of the art cybersecurity solutions.
Through 5 Work Progammes NCC-IE will seek to:
adequately resource NCC-IE itself to realise the level of ambition outlined in the reviewed National Strategy and the Union Regulation, enabling it to proactively contribute to the Network of NCCs;
facilitate the realisation of a vibrant national cybersecurity ecosystem that is engaged on a cross border basis within the Union, and:
provide targeted financial support to both improve cybersecurity resilience and facilitate innovation.
There will be a focus on supporting indigenous Irish and other Union enterprises to build up European industrial capacity in cybersecurity.
Digital Europe Programme (DEP) call for proposals on Advanced Digital Skills
On 21 November, the European Commission will open the 5th round of DIGITAL Europe Programme call for proposals on Advanced Digital Skills. A total budget of €42 million will be allocated to design and support:
Specialised education programmes in key capacity areas and Advanced Digital Skills Analysis: These two calls will build on the experience of the
first calls for Master’s in the Digital Europe programme and will address the latest initiatives to support the development and deployment of key digital
skills in digital technology areas, such as AI, Internet of Things, as other trans-or multi-disciplinary areas, and their applications in strategic sectors.
Cybersecurity Skills Academy: The fundings available for this call will support new training opportunities or expand successful ones, particularly to meet the needs of SMEs and public administration. The goal is to enhance access to cybersecurity talent and upskill civil servants for robust digital public administration security. Consortia of organisations active in the domain of cybersecurity, universities or training providers should devise and deliver the activities of the Academy.
The call is now published on the
official Funding and Tenders Portal and the submission of applications will close on 21 March 2024 17:00 Brussels time.
Save the date: Info Day on the new Call on 12 December 2023!
Following the success of the previous editions, the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform is organising an Info Day & Pitching event on 12 December 2023 dedicated to new round of calls. The European Commission will give a general presentation on the new calls, application and evaluation procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the Commission during the Q&As sessions. The online event will take place both in the morning and afternoon with pitching sessions for potential applicants under all topics.
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