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Uptake of Innovative Cybersecurity Solutions

This call seeks to support the market uptake and dissemination of innovative cybersecurity solutions (notably from SMEs, as well as results from publicly-funded research in the EU), and improve knowledge, and auditing of cybersecurity preparedness.


Publication date
30 June 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
6 July 2023, 17:00 (CEST)
Level of funding
  • EU level




The objective of this call is to support the market uptake and dissemination of innovative cybersecurity solutions (notably from SMEs, as well as results from publicly-funded research in the EU), improve knowledge, and auditing of cybersecurity preparedness.

Activities/actions supported

The focus of actions under this call on improving cybersecurity capabilities across the EU, notably for SMEs and public organisations, through both supply and demand support measures. This may include awareness raising measures (where relevant in line with activities promoted by ENISA), or marketplace platforms supporting interaction between suppliers and adopters of cybersecurity solutions and training. The types of tools produced under this call must include at least one of the following:

  • Cybersecurity protection services;
  • Auditing of cybersecurity resilience of equipment and services;
  • Security testing tools including static-analysis code scanning tools;
  • Cybersecurity investigation tools, tracing the origins of cybersecurity threats;
  • Incident response tools that fit into general operational and management cybersecurity strategies;
  • Support to Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure, in line with national policies where relevant;
  • Funding and support for projects that improve and/or audit open source software, with regard to cybersecurity;
  • Support for hackathons, cybersecurity challenges and conferences, and for engaging with relevant stakeholders including software development communities;
  • Support to awareness raising, prevention, education, training, and gender balance in cybersecurity.

Anticipated outcomes

Projects implemented under this call are expected to:

  • Support the adoption of market-ready innovative cybersecurity solutions, including solutions developed in the framework of EU-supported research and innovation projects.
  • Provide and deploy up to date tools and services to organisations (in particular SMEs) to prepare, protect and respond to cybersecurity threats.
  • Improve the security of open-source solutions (e.g. establishment of bug bounty programmes).

Institution providing the funding

European Commission

Size of funding




Overview of eligibility criteria

To be eligible, applicants must be legal entities established in one of the eligible countries (i.e. EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)); EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)). This call targets in particular SMEs, but other applicants are not excluded.

Overview of award criteria

The award criteria are the following:

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

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



Application procedures

To be considered, proposals must:

  • Be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal using the forms provided.
  • 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

For further help, please refer to the Online Manual on the Funding & Tenders Portal, as well as to the text of the call.


Useful links

Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info