Funding Call IPCEI-CIS

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action launched its call for expressions of interest. It will select the projects and companies to participate in this summer’s European Twinning process. Interested partners can apply until 21 July to the public call.

The IPCEI-CIS will create an efficient ‘multi-vendor cloud-edge continuum’ for the whole of Europe. The aim is to kick-start the development of new technologies enabling massive quantities of data to be exchanged and processed in decentralised systems in real time. After all, data and data services must be able to flow smoothly, for example between in-house clouds (edge clouds) and centralised clouds. This requires the development of energy-efficient, high-performing, automated and networked cloud and edge services. A part of the IPCEI will also be dedicated to initial industrial-scale applications.

Key topics

  • Mobility
  • Energy efficiency
  • Industry 4.0
  • Resilience and resilience of digital infrastructure
  • Health


  • High innovation content along the cloud edge value chain
  • Direct linkage to topics funded under the IPCEI-CIS
  • Addressing social challenges of the EU
  • Positive contributions to the competitiveness of German and European industry and economy
  • Implementation in Germany by companies with a permanent establishment or branch in Germany


Sketches can be submitted until 21 July 2023. Further deadlines may be set by the granting authority, subject to available budgetary resources. They will be announced separately by the project executing agency, if applicable.

Networking event

On 12 July from 9:30 till 11:00 a.m. eco – Association of the Internet Industry invites its interested members to a virtual networking meeting to collect questions about the funding call, which will then be clarified with the project sponsor in the follow-up. The funding call particularly addresses the core business areas of many eco member companies and therefore offer support in networking interested parties via the GXFS-DE team. Please send expressions of interest to with the subject “IPCEI_CIS”.

For eco and EuroCloud members only.


The digitization of the economy is changing the ability to collect, process and use data. This has a direct impact on the competitiveness of companies and on entire economies. Developing our own capacities in the area of centralized (cloud) and decentralized (edge) data processing is therefore not an economic policy end in itself, but a pillar for a sustainable, resilient and future-proof European Union. In order for companies and business models to remain competitive in the long term, an open digital ecosystem is needed that guarantees the digital sovereignty of users of cloud and edge services throughout Europe. This will enable the high innovation potential of the European economy to be fully exploited in the future and energy efficiency potential to be leveraged.

The IPCEI-CIS is intended to help strengthen the digital sovereignty of Germany and Europe. Among other things, this is to be achieved through the use of open source solutions, enhanced IT security and resilience, and ensuring interoperability and data portability to prevent lock-in effects. In addition, the IPCEI is intended to be compatible with Gaia-X services and standards, but to go well beyond Gaia-X through the use of next-generation cloud and edge technologies and the funding opportunity for initial industrial use cases. Essential to this is the creation of a “Multi Provider Cloud-Edge Continuum”. This includes linking local computing units or assets via local and regional edges with central data centers of different providers.

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