stairwAI 1st Open Call for Pilots

StairwAI (Stairway to AI: Ease the Engagement of Low-Tech users to the AI-on-Demand platform through AI) is an EU-funded project targeting low-tech users with the goal of facilitating their engagement in the AI4EU platform. This will be achieved through a new service layer enriching the functionalities of the on-demand platform and containing:

  • a multilingual interaction layer
  • a horizontal matchmaking service and
  • a vertical matchmaking service

To test the above-mentioned new services, StairwAI is targeting SMEs working in low-tech sectors that do not have immediate access nor knowledge on AI techniques, matching them with cloud providers and AI experts.

StairwAI will select 14 low-tech SMEs to perform a feasibility study and pilot for the adoption of AI. Applicants have to focus on addressing one of the challenge areas using a set of AI tools and resources that will be available on the AI4EU platform.

StairwAI offers:

  • Financial support (up to €60 000)
  • Support from Technical Mentor with a wide background in AI and knowledge of technologies offered within the project,
  • Support from Business Mentor to help define the Business Model and the Exploitation Plan for market deployment,
  • Experts in AI (mentors and system integrators),
  • HW resources to support deploying the pilot,
  • AI resources and tools available on AI4EU Platform.

Project full name: Stairway to AI: Ease the Engagement of Low-Tech users to the AI-on-Demand platform through AI
Publication Date: 13 January 2022
Deadline: 15 March 2022, at 13.00 (CET – Brussels time)
Expected duration of participation: 6 months
Total EU funding available: €60 000 per SME (including vouchers: up to €10 000 to access HW Resources and up to €24 000 for AI experts)
Submission & evaluation process:
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