The EU Commission announced the launch Tuesday of a new set of Horizon Europe calls aimed primarily at pioneering projects in the realms of artificial intelligence and quantum technologies. The new set of calls, worth over EUR 112 million, comes under the 2023-2024 Horizon Europe Digital, Industry, and Space work programme.

Funding of €50 million goes to advance large AI models by integrating new data modalities and expanding their capabilities. This call targets the development of generative AI capable of processing and generating multimodal data, including but not limited to text, images, audio, video, and 3D representations, while adapting to a wide range of tasks and domains. €15 million will be invested in projects that will enhance the intelligibility and reliability of AI systems.

€40 million will boost research into cutting-edge, world-leading quantum technologies. €25 million will be devoted to developing a network of quantum gravimeters throughout Europe. This will not only enhance precision in Earth observation and civil engineering. It will also show how quantum technologies can represent a significant improvement on current technological capabilities. The network will consist of at least eight gravimeters (gravity sensors), demonstrating how quantum gravimetry can offer much greater precision than its classical equivalent and serving as the basis for a future pan-European digital quantum sensing infrastructure.

€15 million of investment will focus on stimulating transnational research and development in next-generation quantum technologies. €6 million aims to strengthen Europe’s engagement in global ICT standardisation. By supporting the participation of European experts in international standard-setting bodies, the EU seeks to promote its interests and values in the development of global technical specifications and standards.

The remaining €1.5 million will see investment to explore Digital Humanism, a project that places people at the centre of the digital transformation.

Source: EUbusiness

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