Expression of Interest

Expression of interest description


The European Commission is looking for 30 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) from at least 8 different Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. In order to identify and select the DIHs that will become part of the network, the Consortium has launched a call for Expression of Interest, published on EU survey platform. Any interested DIH can take part in the call, by filling in the online application form.

Eligibility criteria


The application should be presented by the coordinator of the DIH.
The project is open to DIHs:
  • located in one of the 28 EU Members States or countries associated to Horizon 2020
  • included in the JRC catalogue of Digital Innovation Hubs (or that will be included by the closure of the call for the EoI);
  • having selected “Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems” as technological focus on the JRC DIH catalogue. Focus on additional technologies that can prove a future interaction with AI, e.g. Robotics, Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Art & Design, Modelling and Simulation, Medical Technologies, Digital Manufacturing, etc., will be considered as an asset.

Evaluation criteria


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Vision, mission and value proposition

  • Mission oriented to support relevant industries and regions for the digitisation of European industry
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems” as technological focus on the JRC DIH catalogue. Focus on additional technologies that can prove a future interaction with AI, e.g. Robotics, Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Art & Design, Modeling and Simulation, Medical Technologies, Digital Manufacturing, etc., will be considered as an asset.
  • Motivation and value proposition for collaboration and for being involved in the action

Business model and networking potential

  • Business model clearly outlined
  • Networking and collaboration plans included in the strategy plan
  • Participation in existing collaboration initiatives and/or efforts to establish collaboration with either other hubs or similar digital initiatives

Collaboration

  • Relevance of the collaboration models established by the DIHs for the implementation of specific technologies and issuing of services in the AI sector
  • Collaboration agreements with key regional innovation partners as well as networking agreements
  • Sustainability in the long-term in the collaboration structures eventually in place will be highly considered as asset

Ecosystem

  • Size of addressable SME market and engagement of SMEs.
  • Quality of digital and physical infrastructure existing in region for cooperation schemes.

Detailed Information


If you need more information please have a look to the document that you can download clicking on the link you can find here below.

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Participation


Eligible Digital innovation Hubs can reply to the call for expression of interest by filling in the information requested in the submission form that can be accessed by clicking on the button “Express your interest” below. The consortium will proceed with the evaluation of the submissions making sure to provide a feedback to all participants.