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Pact for Skills
Call for proposalsOpen

Assessing and strengthening the complementarity between new technologies and human skills

This call aims to funding research activities to support the development of skills complementary to emerging technologies with targeted education and training programmes


Publication date
7 November 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
7 February 2024, 17:00 (CET)
Level of funding
EU level




The main objective of the call is to understand the complementarity between new technologies and skills and support the development of skills complementary to emerging technologies with targeted education and training programmes.

Activities/actions supported

Proposals are should cover research activities that include:

  • the development of criteria to assess the complementarity of specific new technologies with human skills and vice versa;
  • an analysis of specific applications of new technologies, possibly with a sectoral or occupational focus;
  • the development of policy recommendations to support technologies and skills/training courses that are conducive to a digital transition that creates more good jobs. 

Anticipated outcomes

Projects should contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Deepen the understanding on the potential and impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence technologies and robotics to substitute or complement human skills and in performing job tasks;
  • Focus on the development and deployment of technologies that complement and enhance human skills, and development of the corresponding skills in the workforce.

Institution providing the funding

European Research Council

Size of funding

€10 000 000



Overview of eligibility criteria

To be eligible,  applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in one of the eligible countries, listed in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes.

Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Overview of award criteria

The award criteria are the following: 

  • Excellence (5 points)
  • Impact (5 points)
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation (5 points)

Maximum points: 15 points. Overall threshold: 10 points.



Application procedures

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). 

Application support available

For further help, please refer to the Online Manual on the Funding & Tenders Portal, as well as the Horizon Europe Programme Guide, which contains the detailed guidance to the structure, budget and political priorities of Horizon Europe.


Useful links

Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info