Digital Europe Programme is the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.
Worth €7.6 billion (in current prices), the Programme is a part of the next long-term EU budget, (the Multiannual Financial Framework), and it covers 2021 to 2027. It will provide funding for projects in five crucial areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.
The Programme is fine-tuned to fill the gap between the research of digital technologies and their deployment, and to bring the results of research to the market – for the benefit of Europe’s citizens and businesses, and in particular SMEs. Investments under the Digital Europe programme supports the Union’s twin objectives of a green transition and digital transformation and strengthens the Union’s resilience and strategic autonomy.
The objective of this action is to develop and deploy the AI-on-demand platform, providing the requirements and underlying mechanisms for such platform.
The awarded project will develop and deploy the AI-on-demand platform, taking into account the proposed requirements and mechanisms to optimise the impact of the AI-on-demand platform.
The platform will gather all the AI resources (algorithms and tools), and make them available to the potential users, businesses and public administration, with the necessary services to facilitate their integration. In addition, the platform should mobilise the European innovators to provide their products and services on the platform. The platform should become the reference for any user (industry or public service), a one-stop-shop to access AI tools to integrate into solutions, products, and services: a common good and market place for AI resources.
The platform will play the role of a central marketplace for AI tools, and a service layer providing support to users (incl. public administrations) for integration of AI solutions. In addition, it will bring the latest AI tools and solutions to the level of industrial standard requirements (code validation, quality check), connect to computing resources (e.g. HPC, cloud from this programme), data resources (e.g. data spaces from this programme, also datasets for training and validation), promote trustworthy AI development and deployment, facilitate the implementation of public procurement in AI, as well as raise awareness about best practices and success stories of AI applications in various domains. The AI-on-demand platform will also develop use-cases factory/library to support its activity.
Project budget (maximum grant amount): €28 million per project
The grant will be a budget-based mixed actual cost grant (actual costs, with unit cost and flat-rate elements). This means that it will reimburse ONLY certain types of costs (eligible costs) and costs that were actually incurred for your project (NOT the budgeted costs).
After grant signature, you will normally receive a prefinancing to start working on the project (float of normally 50% of the maximum grant amount; exceptionally less or no prefinancing). The prefinancing will be paid 30 days from entry into force/10 days before starting date/financial guarantee (if required) – whichever is the latest.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
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