With the creation of the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (Regulation (EU) 2021/887), the National Coordination Centres – working together through a network – will contribute to achieving the objectives of this regulation and to foster the Cybersecurity Competence Community in each Member State, contributing to acquire the necessary capacity. National Coordination Centres (NCC) will support cybersecurity capacity building at national and, where relevant, regional and local levels. They shall aim at fostering cross-border cooperation and at the preparation of joint actions as defined in the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and Network regulation.
Proposals are expected to further specify the activities listed here and possibly other relevant activities. The funding can cover the capacity building and the functioning of the National Coordination Centres for up to 2 years.
Proposals are expected to demonstrate that they are in a position to coordinate respective activities with relevant European Digital Innovation Hubs created pursuant to article 16 of the Regulation establishing the Digital Europe Programme.
The Commission considers an EU contribution of up to about EUR 1 million appropriate for the capacity building and the functioning of the National Coordination Centres over 2 years. The Commission further considers that as part of the same proposal, applicants may request another EUR 1 million to be provided in the form of financial support to third parties, with the aim of supporting the uptake and dissemination of state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions (notably by SMEs).
This call targets exclusively National Coordination Centres which have been recognized by the Commission as having the capacity to manage funds to achieve the mission and objectives laid down in the Regulation establishing the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres.
- Publication date
- 17 February 2022
- Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology