The Commission is holding an information day ahead of the launch of the calls for proposals for AI sectorial Testing and Experimentation Facilities.

The goal of the info-day is to raise awareness of the upcoming sectorial TEFs DIGITAL calls and give relevant stakeholders already the opportunity to identify potential collaborators.

Under the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), the European Commission expects to open calls for proposals to fund AI Testing and Experimentation Facilities (TEFs) in February 2022. These TEFs will be in the sectors of agri-food (€30 million), healthcare (€30 million), manufacturing (€30 million) as well as smart cities and communities (€20). These calls will be co-funded equally at EU and Member States level.

The European Commission foresees one large-scale project of €40 – €60 million overall funding per sector, each of them requiring a consortium of several testing facilities across Europe. To support the community in building these consortia, the European Commission will organise an online information day on 29 November 2021, after which stakeholders can continue to network on the brokerage days on 2 and 3 December and on the matchmaking platform available for three months.

In the morning of the info-day, the European Commission will present the concept and process on TEFs and answer questions. After a lunch break, potential proposers will be invited to pitch either their project ideas or the competence they can offer to a consortium in the making. More information on the video-conferencing tools available will come soon.

Participation is free of charge but registration will be mandatory.

The Commission will select the final list of speakers and inform them. Not all interested to speak may be able to given the time limits.


Draft Agenda

09:15-09:30 Dial in (if necessary)
09:30 Presentation on TEFs: concept & process by European Commission
10:15 Q&A
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Presentation of four sectors: agri-food, healthcare, manufacturing, and smart cities & communities
11:45 Q&A
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Project ideas presentations with Q&A (per sector)
15:50 Conclusion
16:00 End
Organiser: European Commission, DG CNECT

Contact information. Cécile Huet,

Team responsible: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence (Unit A.1)