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Digital Europe – Testing and Experimentation Facility for Edge AI – 2021

The Digital Europe 2021-2027 programme aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of the European economy, industry and society, to bring its benefits to citizens, public administrations and businesses across the Union, and to improve the competitiveness of Europe in the global digital economy while contributing to bridging the digital divide across the Union and reinforcing the Union’s strategic autonomy, through holistic, cross-sectoral and cross-border support and a stronger Union contribution.

78 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To ensure the availability in Europe of trusted, high-performance, low-power edge components and technologies to support the massive data-processing requirements of AI and the digital transformation.


  • Priority 1: Delivering a European platform that will enable companies to develop, test and experiment AI product prototypes based on advanced low-power computing technologies, custom-designed for their application environment;
  • Priority 2: Set-up of facilities for design, fabrication, integration and verification, employing leading-edge equipment with advanced semiconductor process and fabrication technologies;
  • Priority 3: Contribute to societal challenges, in terms of supporting the implementation of the Green Deal, protection of personal data and privacy by processing within the edge device and open technological autonomy.

Among financed actions

  • Procurement and preparation of the infrastructure;
  • Equipment installation, design tool finalisation, definition of device functionalities with users, distribution;
  • Production of System Exploration Platform software for emulation of hardware;
  • Progress of key building blocks (such as sensing, in-memory computing, 3D architectures) to higher TRLs and validation of their design kits;
  • Integration of building blocks into solutions, implementing rules and procedures for testing and transfer to industry.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 30 months.


  • Be a legal person;
  • Be a public or private entity;
  • A consortium composed of at least 3 entities, established in at least 3 different eligible countries must be constituted.
  • Total amount of the call: 548 million euro
  • Total amount of the topic: 78 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 78 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 50% of the total eligible costs

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