Under the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), the European Commission expects to open calls for proposals to fund AI Testing and Experimentation Facilities (TEFs) in February 2022. These TEFs will be in the sectors of agri-food (€30 million), healthcare (€30 million), manufacturing (€30 million) as well as smart cities and communities (€20). These calls will be co-funded equally at EU and Member States level.
The European Commission foresees one large-scale project of €40 - €60 million overall funding per sector, each of them requiring a consortium of several testing facilities across Europe. To support the community in building these consortia, the European Commission will organise an online information day on 29 November 2021, after which stakeholders can continue to network on the brokerage days on 2 and 3 December and on the matchmaking platform available for three months.
The goal of the info-day was to raise awareness of the upcoming sectorial TEFs DIGITAL calls and to give relevant stakeholders already the opportunity to identify potential collaborators.
In the morning of the info-day, the European Commission presented the concept and process on TEFs and answered questions. After a lunch break, potential proposers were invited to pitch either their project ideas or the competence they can offer to a consortium in the making.
Participation was free of charge but registration was mandatory. The Commission selected the final list of speakers. Material from the infoday is available below in the “Futher Information” section.