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Natural Language Understanding and Interaction in Advanced Language Technologies (AI Data and Robotics Partnership)
|Funding Program||Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies|
|Call budget||€ 20,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||between € 6,000,000.00 and € 8,000,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
Effective AI-based human-machine interaction and collaboration relies on grasping real meaning from natural languages, recognising gestures and activities, understanding intention, creating and maintaining shared mental models and designing multi-step interactions.
As AI becomes increasingly more performant, there is growing potential for humans to directly use and benefit from smarter systems. Effective AI-based human-machine interaction and collaboration relies on grasping real meaning from natural languages, recognising gestures and activities, understanding intention, creating and maintaining shared mental models and designing multi-step interactions. Reciprocally, truly natural interaction between people and machines is essential for future AI-enabled systems across all application areas and domains.
Envisaged AI solutions should address one or both of the following areas:
Multidisciplinary research activities should address at least one of the following:
Proposals should involve appropriate expertise in all the relevant disciplines, such as data science, computer science, computational linguistics, machine learning and natural language processing. Particular attention should be paid to control gender or other biases in language models.
Research should build on existing standards, contribute to standardisation and result in findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable research data including metadata schemas and ontologies.
All proposals are expected to embed mechanisms to assess and demonstrate progress (with qualitative and quantitative KPIs, benchmarking and progress monitoring, as well as illustrative application use-cases demonstrating concrete potential added value), and share communicable results with the European R&D community, through the AI-on-demand platform, Common European Data Spaces (especially the dedicated Language Data Space) and other relevant Member States’ initiatives, such as Open GPT-X, and if necessary other relevant digital resource platforms in order to enhance the European AI, Data and Robotics ecosystem through the sharing of results and best practice.
Proposals are also expected to dedicate tasks and resources to collaborate with and provide input to the open innovation challenge under HORIZON-CL4-2023-HUMAN-01-04 addressing natural language understanding and interaction. Research teams involved in the proposals are expected to participate in the respective Innovation Challenges. This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on AI, data and robotics.
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), 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), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, 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:
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:
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.
|other eligibility criteria|
Activities are expected to start at TRL 2 and achieve TRL 5 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT
|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:
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.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 6 (799kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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