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AI-driven data operations and compliance technologies (AI, data and robotics partnership)
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 3: World Leading Data and Computing Technologies and Data Computing Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 8,000,000.00 and € 10,000,000.00
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The aim is to provide Common European data spaces and AI data provision with reliable mechanisms to monitor, control and track/record transactions on data, to ensure compliance. To this end, projects are invited to employ appropriate technologies and methods, such as federated and distributed AI/analytics and associate them with trustworthy AI techniques; protect privacy and confidentiality of AI training data and reduce energy footprint.
Developing, piloting and integrating systems, compliance tools and data economy enablers that process the increasing data volumes more efficiently, distil more useful knowledge from data, and contribute to the measurement, labelling, certification and reduction of the environmental footprint of massive data operations (e.g. by minimizing data transfers/traffic, improving energy reuse and/or reducing energy consumption of AI training/machine learning, privacy preservation and other processes).
The technologies should respond to the emerging needs for practical, affordable and automated compliance tools (e.g. privacy preservation, smart contracting, consent management, bias detection, quality measurement, tracking of uses of data etc.), as well as design principles and architectures that are inherently compliant, addressing the relevant cybersecurity issues. Compliance should be understood in the broad sense, involving legal, ethical and environmental compliance. The competences represented in the consortium should cover all the relevant aspects (technical, legal, commercial, societal, ethical) appropriately.
Proposed actions should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms. In particular, they should build on the results of the Horizon 2020 data platform projects (topic ICT-13-2019) and the results of projects selected under topic HORIZON-CL4-2021-DATA-01-01, as well as the projects to be selected under topic HORIZON-CL4-2023-HUMAN-01-01. Likewise, the proposed actions should create links and seek synergies, where appropriate, with the Common European Data Spaces and European Digital Innovation Hubs funded under the Digital Europe programme. Interoperability for data sharing should be addressed, where relevant, focusing on open, standardised, and trusted concepts.
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on AI, data and robotics.
Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:
- To enable companies and public sector to easily comply with existing and emerging regulation (e.g. GDPR, Data Governance Act, Data Act, Artificial Intelligence Act) and create value on data assets that they possess or that they acquire from the market, and to allow citizens to feel more confident that data-driven systems treat them in a fair, unbiased and compliant way and respect their privacy/anonymity and other rights, and keep track of the use of personal data in a world where “everything” moves online.
- Define, quantify and measure bias in data sets (especially those used for AI development).
- Shorten the time-to-market and reduce development costs of compliant data solutions
- Contribute to open, trusted and federated Common European data spaces.
- Quantify and reduce the environmental footprint of data operations which will contribute to the Green Deal target “no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050”.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
other eligibility criteria
If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).
Activities are expected to start at TRL 4-5 and achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.