The DIH4AI project aims at building a network of AI-on-demand innovations and collaboration platforms, supporting joint development and provision of ecosystem-business-technology transformation services through a sustainable network of regional DIHs specialised in AI and targeting local SMEs and local tech governmental agencies.
The main objective of this second Call is to extend the DIH Network ecosystem to more regions, additionally to the 5 Regional DIHs who participate in the Consortium (Bavaria, South Netherlands, Paris Region, Czechia, Saxony-Anhalt), either directly, by ensuring the participation of around 10+10 more DIHs from different European Regions or indirectly, through community building activities with the final aim to have more than 30 AI DIHs engaged. Also, DIH4AI mission is to establish the most needed link between the DIH Regional engines and the AI4EU Pan-EU service platform power, in order to ignite a virtuous Cross-Sectorial European economy of intelligence for SMEs at scale.
The technological topics in the scope of DIH4AI Open Call are in the area of AI for Industry, such as: Vision Intelligence, Machine and Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Neural network applications, Advanced Planning and Forecasting, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Multi-Modal Human-AI Interaction, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning and Expert, Decision-Support Systems and Trustworthy AI.
More specifically, experiments from many sectorial areas are allowed to participate in this DIH4AI Open Call 2, are the following ones:
A total of 10 SME-centred experiments are expected to be granted. Each participant shall represent, at least, 15% of the funding of a proposal.
The funding rate applicability for the selected SMEs or for-profit entities will be 70% of eligible costs, for non-profit organisations it will be 100% of eligible costs.
The DIH4AI open call target mini consortia of one SME or Startup from any Member State or Horizon 2020 Associated country together with one regional Digital Innovation Hub (DIHs). Only mini-consortia, which consist of, at least, 1(one) DIH (Digital Innovation Hub), and maximum two (2) additional partners are eligible. Specifically, the following types of Consortia are admitted:
Type A: Intra-Regional experiments, should be composed of:
The experiment must be led by a Technology Provider SME or start-up with knowledge and background on the AI domain.