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Culture and Creativity

Digital Innovation Hubs help companies take advantage of digital opportunities to improve their processes and products with a view to enhance their competitiveness. EU funding will be made available for hubs that are already (or will be) supported by their Member States (or regions), in order to increase the impact of public funding. The Digital Europe Programme will increase the capacities of the selected hubs to cover activities with a clear European added value, based on networking the hubs and promoting the transfer of expertise.

S+T+ARTS is a platform that aims to linking technology and artistic practice more closely in order to address the Europe’s social, environmental and economic challenges facing Europe. It supports the development of more creative, inclusive and sustainable technologies through the collaboration between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers. It is centred around the idea that art, science and technology can benefit with the from sharing of perspectives and opening up new pathways for research and business.

Through its different pillars, S+T+ARTS offers:

Startup Europe is an initiative connecting high tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and the media to accelerate growth of the European startup scene. It is supported by a portfolio of EU funded projects and policy actions.

The WORTH Partnership Project supports creative sector SMEs to collaborate transnationally with a view to develop innovative design-driven products by stimulating exchange and partnership between creatives, designers, manufacturers, crafters and technology firms. It is based on key principles such as quality of experience, including style and aesthetics, healthy and safe living environments, sustainability and circularity as well as inclusion, accessibility and affordability. Launched in 2021, WORTH II follows the success of the first edition (2017-2021).

The Social Investment and Skills window facilitates: development of skills and key competences; the matching, deployment and higher skills utilisation through education, training, including on-the-job training and related activities. The window also supports projects involving social innovation, health services, ageing and long-term care, access to prevention, innovative treatments and e-health options, inclusion and accessibility, and cultural and creative activities with a social goal.

This funding opportunity supports small-scale cooperation projects different sectors. For example, for the books and publishing sector in 2021 calls, this action aimed at supporting book sector professionals in the sales of translation or adaptation rights to increase the circulation of European literary works, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages, in Europe and beyond.

This funding opportunity supports small, medium and large-scale cooperation projects across different sectors. For example, for the cultural heritage sector in 2021 calls, this action aimed at supporting cultural heritage professionals with a range of activities. These included audience relationship development (considering technological and digital methods of content creation and presentation of archived content, also drawing lessons from the Covid-19 lockdown), the digitisation of cultural heritage materials, sites and historical buildings including the use of 3D and AI technologies.

This funding opportunity supports small, medium and large-scale cooperation projects across different sectors. For example, for the music sector in 2021 calls, this action aimed at supporting music professionals with a range of activities. These included music creation, promotion, distribution and income generation, responding to new digital, legal and technical trends arising from innovations in the sector and new business models, export of music outside of the EU, and distribution of music across EU borders.

This funding opportunity supports small, medium and large-scale cooperation projects, across different sectors. For example, for the architecture sector in 2021 calls, this action set out to support European architects with a range of activities. These included communication, co-creation and the involvement of citizens and stakeholders in design, planning and building processes, the integration of European Green Deal (in particular the incorporation of New European Bauhaus principles in their practices) and the internationalisation of careers across and outside of Europe.

This funding opportunity supports projects within the cultural and creative sectors. A broad range of activities and initiatives, and a wide range of applicants can be supported. Support is for projects involving transnational cultural cooperation, and which contribute to strengthening the creation and circulation of European artworks and artists transnationally. There is also a focus on funding projects which support the European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talent to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth.

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