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Cybersecurity Skills Academy

This call should help address the need for more cybersecurity professionals to meet increasing market needs and legal obligations.


Publication date
19 December 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
21 March 2024, 17:00 (CET)
Funding programme
Level of funding
EU level





The Cybersecurity Skills Academy will be implemented by the European Commission, the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). The Academy constitutes a European framework for action, providing political goals and mechanisms for cooperation, to integrate various learning and training activities with the objective of increasing their visibility, accessibility and impact.

Activities/actions supported

Proposals should address only one of the following Activities (either Activity 1 or 2):

  • Activity 1: Training programmes for SMEs, start-ups and the public sector for the Cybersecurity Skills Academy
  • Activity 2: The Cybersecurity Skills Academy: support operations

Anticipated outcomes

The expected deliverables must include the following in line with Activity 1:

  • Trainings to address the most in-demand skills, including but not limited to, cyber-forensics, cyber ranges, malware analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) for cybersecurity among others;
  • On-the-job trainings and traineeships opportunities for SMEs and for public administrations in innovative companies in cybersecurity and cybersecurity competence centres;
  • Online training, user friendly and accessible to everyone in all EU languages;
  • The availability of the training courses in at least 3 EU languages through available EU platforms, such as the Digital Skills & Jobs Platform or through ENISA’s repository.

The expected outcomes of the projects addressing Activity 1 should include increase in high-quality European cybersecurity trainings and boosted cybersecurity skills of people in Europe.

The expected deliverables must include the following in line with Activity 2:

  • Approach for establishing a cybersecurity competence recognition and professional certification in the European market, considering standardisation of cyber skills;
  • Measurement framework and its monitoring during the proposed project’s duration, along the goals of the Academy in line with its related Communication;
  • Cooperation framework with relevant players, public and private, from across the EU, including representatives from Member States, the ECCC and ENISA, as well as EU-funded projects on cyber skills, notably projects funded under
  • the Digital Europe Programme;
  • Promotion and communication approach, leveraging existing channels and platforms, including the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

Institution providing the funding

European Commission

Size of funding




Overview of eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)); non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme

Consortia applying for funding under this Topic may be composed of the following types of entities: higher education institutions, vocational education and training institutions, public administration services, research organisations, businesses and national cybersecurity competence centres. 

Overview of award criteria

The award criteria are the following: 

  • Relevance (5 points)
  • Impact (5 points)
  • Implementation (5 points)

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



Application procedure

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

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Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info