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Pact for Skills
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Tackling European skills and labour shortages

This call aims to develop a set of data and indicaters at European level on skills and labour shortages.


Publication date
14 December 2022
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
14 March 2023, 17:00 (CET)
Level of funding
  • EU level




The main objective of the call is to develop accepted and comparable cross-country indicators on skills and labour shortages to favor cross-country cooperation and supranational policies in order to reduce these issues.

Activities/actions supported

The following type of activities are supported (please see text of the call for futher details):

  • explore how big data and machine learning can complement conventional data (e.g. surveys and skills forecasts available, such as those of CEDEFOP or of the Pact for Skills)
  • focus on shortages forecast;
  • effect on changing tasks/educational profiles within jobs;
  • have a regional dimension;
  • explore the impact on labour market polarisation and segmentation;
  • explore the “determinants” of education choice and training choice: e.g., family background, local labour market, individual risk propensity, welfare, gender, etc.

Anticipated outcomes

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Policymakers are provided with a set of data at European level on skills and labour shortages;
  • Citizens and policymakers can access to Europe wide sound indicators for skills and labour shortages, comparable across countries.
  • Provide policymakers with viable pathways to reduce skills shortages and mismatch.

Institution providing the funding

European Research Council

Size of funding

EUR 9,000,000



Overview of eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:

  • EU Member States;
  • The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
  • Countries associated to Horizon Europe;
  • A specified list of low- and middle-income countries: list available p.9 and 10 of the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024 General Annexes.

On consortium composition: unless otherwise provided for in the specific call conditions, 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 adifferent 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

Project proposals will be assessed taking into account the following 3 criteria, for a maximum of 15 points:

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

The threshold for individual criteria will be 3. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 10.


Application procedures

In order to be considered, proposals must:

  • Be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal using the forms provided (see link to the call below).
  • Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents.

More information is available in the text of the call (see link below).

Application support available

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Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info