The AI4EU project officially starts this month, with a kick-off meeting among the partners in Barcelona on 10 January. AI4EU brings together 79 top research institutes, SMEs and large enterprises in 21 countries to build a focal point for artificial intelligence (AI) resources, including data repositories, computing power, tools and algorithms. It will offer services and provide support to potential users of the technology, help them test and integrate AI solutions in their processes, products and services.
Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said: Europe can only reap the full benefits of AI innovations if this technology is easily usable by all. The AI4EU project will help bring AI to small businesses, non-tech companies and public administrations across Europe.
On 12 December the European Commission and partners of the AI4EU project signed a new grant agreement, paving the way for an AI-on-demand platform for Europe. AI4EU will mobilise the whole European AI ecosystem and already unites 79 partners in 21 countries in a network across Europe and will provide access to relevant AI resources in the EU for all users.
The AI4EU project, led by THALES, France, receives a total funding of €20 million over the next 3 years. €3 million will be allocated for Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTPs) to fund promising projects (selected through open competitive calls) exploiting the resources and services offered by the platform to foster technology transfer of AI-based solutions.
The Digital Innovation Hubs for robotics will work closely together with the AI-on-demand platform project AI4EU.