AI on-demand platform for regional interoperable Digital Innovation Hubs Network


The project DIH4AI promotes the networking of Digital Innovation Hubs at European level and thereby supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and mid-caps in improving their products and services by integrating innovative digital technologies.

Project description

The DIH4AI project aims at building a network of AI-on-demand innovation and collaboration platforms, supporting joint development and provision of ecosystem-business-technology-transformation services through a sustainable network of regional DIHs specialized in AI and targeting local SMEs and local tech governmental agencies.

The DIH4AI regional platforms are by design interoperable with the pan-EU AI4EU platform thanks to an interoperability framework operating at Portal, Data and Cloud levels, allowing SME-DIH-EU virtuous bi-directional collaborations at the level of shared AI resources, AI-oriented standard data models and ontologies, AI ready FAIR datasets, AI-driven user interaction and services (SAAS) and AI-compatible advanced computation facilities (PAAS and IAAS).

Research contribution

fortiss, representing the Munich Innovation Hub for applied AI, is one of five Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) within the consortium, contributing existing and developing new services around software and AI for SMEs in collaboration with the other hubs. Through open competitive calls, interested SMEs will be addressed in order to participate in the project and make use of the services and engage in experiments that foster digital innovation within the SMEs. The DIHs will act as a mentor and support the SMEs in the execution of the experiments.


The European project DIH4AI is funded under the EU Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020. As a so-called Innovation Action, DIH4AI runs under the program CT-49-2020 - Artificial Intelligence on Demand Platform of the European Commission.

Project duration

01.01.2021 – 31.12.2023

Dr. Wolfgang Köhler

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