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A first call for projects aimed at supporting the development of critical and innovative cybersecurity technology building blocks was published on 28 July as part of France’s cybersecurity acceleration strategy. This call for projects is the first of a several; others will follow until the end of the acceleration strategy. 

Each of the calls for projects will include a list of themes that must be addressed by the projects applying (they have to address one or more of the themes). Here is a reminder of the current list of themes: 

  • Development of security building blocks for remote and collaborative communication tools; 
  • Development of innovative cryptography technology; 
  • Development of solutions which combine cybersecurity and operational safety where cyber and physical systems meet; 
  • Development of cybersecurity solutions for the security of major events. 

The Naquidis Center is collaborating with the French Directorate General for Enterprise (DGE), the Regional Directorates for the Economy, Employment, Labour and Solidarity (DREETS) and the Regional Academic Delegation for Research and Innovation (DRA-RI) to coordinate a response to the next CFP in the field of post-quantum cryptography. Industrial players working alongside the Cryptis (Limoges) and IMB (Bordeaux) laboratories are engaging in a quantum computing projects today, because they are the best quantum insurance policy! The entire Nouvelle-Aquitaine community is already able to express its interest through a collaboration with Digital Aquitaine and its DOMEX AI and Data Science. The themes selected will be published at the end of November. Stay tuned!