An AI On-demand Platform to Support Research Excellence in Europe


Developing an open EU platform for AI research

The rapid advancement of AI technologies has led the EU to decide on hosting a research environment focused on scientific and ethical excellence, which grows with the cooperation of members from within the EU and the assistance of academia and industry. The EU-funded AI4EUROPE project, in collaboration with AI4EU and other related projects, aims to develop this space by introducing an unbiased, open and cooperative platform from and for the European research community for excellent studies of AI. This platform will provide services ranging from data access, services and tools to cooperation with other researchers. The project will also enable a business model for guaranteeing its continued operation.


Europe is implementing an AI strategy that seeks to create a research environment characterised by scientific excellence and consistent with the fundamental ethical values of its citizens. Part of this strategy foresees the consolidation of ongoing research activities through the creation and maintenance of an AI on-demand Platform that will act as a community resource for the research community, facilitating experimentation, knowledge sharing and the development of state-of-the-art solutions and technologies. AI4EUROPE builds on the work of AI4EU and multiple supporting projects (ICT-48/ICT-49), creating an open, impartial, and collaborative Platform, built by the European research community according to their needs. Equipped with the necessary hardware, the Platform will offer interoperable services, data, and tools from several related communities and provide solutions to facilitate research productivity, reproducibility, and collaboration. AI4EUROPE will establish and support mechanisms to foster exchange between academia and industry and ensure the Platform reaches out to and engages with the next generation of researchers and those in widening countries. The project will develop and implement a business model that will ensure the long-term technical and financial structures providing sustainability for the Platform beyond the lifetime of the project. AI4EUROPE will support the community to create a tool that will help position Europe as the place where the very best AI research is conducted.

(keywords) Artificial Intelligence  •  Digital Platform  •  Research Experimentation  •  Research Reproducibility
(fields of science) productivity  •  business models


  • (main programme) HORIZON.2.4 – Digital, Industry and Space
    • (programme) HORIZON.2.4.5 – Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • (funding scheme) CSA - Coordination and support action
  • (call for proposal) HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01
    • (topic) HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-02 – European coordination, awareness, standardisation & adoption of trustworthy European AI, Data and Robotics (AI, Data and Robotics Partnership) (CSA)


  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) — coordinator
    • Barry O'Sullivan (Coordinator), Gabriel Gonzalez-Castañé, Melissa Brunner, Kenneth Brown
  • Örebro University (ORU)
    • Alessandro Saffiotti (Unit Coordinator), Jasmin Grosinger
  • Kempelenov Inštitút Inteligentných Technológií (KInIT)
    • Maria Bielikova (Unit Coordinator), Viera Rozinajova, Marian Simko, Ivan Srba
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Informatica (ITI)
    • Jordi Arjona-Aroca (Unit Coordinator), Salvador Santonja-Climent, Laura Arnal-Benedicto
  • Telenor ASA (TELE)
    • Ieva Martinkenaite (Unit Coordinator), Arne Munchellingsen, Sigmund Akselsen
  • National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (DEM)
    • Vangelis Karkaletsis (Unit Coordinator), Constantine Spyropoulos, George Petasis, Theodore Giannakopoulos, Georgios (George) Giannakopoulos, Antonis Koukourikos
  • Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR)
    • Rafael Tolosana Calasanz (Unit Coordinator), Sergio Ilarri Artigas, Ramon Hermoso Traba
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)
    • Paul Lukowicz (Unit Coordinator), George Kampis
  •  Stichting EGI (EGI)
    • Ville Tenhunen (Unit Coordinator), Sergio Andreozzi, Malgorzata Krakowian, Ela Daci, Celine Bitoune, Tiziana Ferrari
  • EIT Digital (EIT DIGITAL)
    • Susanne Kuehrer (Unit Coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer)
    • Joachim Koehler (Unit Coordinator), Martin Welss
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH)
    • Ioannis Pitas (Unit Coordinator), Vasileios Mygdalis, Ioannis Mademlis
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO)
  •  Aalto Korkeakoulusaatio SR (AALTO)
    • Ilkka Lakaniemi (Unit Coordinator), Heini Ikävalko, Linda Mattila
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (BSC)
    • Atia Cortes (Unit Coordinator), Dario Garcia, Sergio Alvarez, Marta Barroso
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)
    • Joaquin Vanschoren (Unit Coordinator)
  • Universitetet i Tromsoe – Norges Arktiske Universitet (UiT)
    • Anders Andersen (Unit Coordinator), Lars Ailo Bongo, Edvard Pedersen
  • F6S Network Ireland Limited (F6S)
    • Nuno Varandas (Unit Coordinator)
  • Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti (ZRC)
    • Edisa Lozić (Unit Coordinator), Benjamin Štular, Mateja Belak
    • Alexandre Almeida (Unit Coordinator)
  • European DIGITAL SME Alliance (DSME)
    • Justina Bieliauskaite (Unit Coordinator), Sophie Tsotridis
  • Université Paris Cité (UP)
    • Themis Palpanas (Unit Coordinator)
  • Universiteit Leiden (ULEI)
    • Bart Custers (Unit Coordinator), Francien Dechesne, Eduard Fosch-Villaronga, Alan Sears, Simone van der Hof
  • Institutul E-Austria Timisoara (IEAT)
    • Dana Petcu (Unit Coordinator), Marian Neagul, Gabriel Iuhasz, Silviu-Ioan Panica, Adrian-Florin Spataru



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— project coordinator

Barry O'Sullivan


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— duration

42 months


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European Community

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Horizon Europe

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— budget

€ 9,004,813.51

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€ 8,992,800



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