AI Digital Innovation
Hubs Network

European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs with focus on artificial intelligence.

  • A project launched by the European Commission with the aim to establish a framework for continuous collaboration and networking between Digital Innovation Hubs focusing on Artificial Intelligence and provide evidence and support for the preparation of relevant policy in view of future programmes.

The European Commission is investing in Digital Innovation Hubs as means to support businesses in their digital transformation and is promoting cooperation among them.


The action is intended to lead to development of a blueprint for cross border collaboration based on a thorough assessment of hub business models, common systems, collaboration and governance structures, including financial and legal aspects of the collaboration. Upon identification of the most suitable collaboration schemes, the project provides:

  • assistance in the modelling of a cross-border cooperation blueprint for DIHs;

  • support for the creation of a network of DIHs allowing for the transfer of technical knowledge;

  • development of an integration and cooperation plan between hub/networks with DIHs and stakeholders at the EU level;

  • coaching and mentoring programme including support for the management of legal and financial issues concerning cooperation for selected DIHs.

Key Aspects

  • Who – DIHs located in one of the EU 28 Members States or countries associated to Horizon 2020 and listed in the European Catalogue with technological focus on AI and, eventually, on other technologies showing interactions with AI.

  • Why – The project supports DIHs in the creation of a structured blueprint for cooperation, offering possibilities to network with other DIHs.

  • How – Via a mentoring and coaching programme and technical assistance delivering advice on legal and financial issues linked to collaboration.

Technologies of Interest

  • Artificial Intelligence – systems displaying intelligent behaviour by analysing their environment and taking actions – with some degree of autonomy – to achieve specific goals.

  • Robotics – an interdisciplinary domain, including engineering and science that involves the use of technologies to develop machines replicating human actions.

  • Internet of Things – the network of physical devices embedded with elements enabling connection with other devices, collection and exchange of data over the Internet.

  • Cyber-Physical System – a mechanism controlled or monitored by computer-based algorithms, tightly integrated with the Internet and its users.

  • Digital Art and Design – a technological art, encompassing artistic works made or presented with the support of digital technology.

  • Modelling and Simulation – used to solve real-world problems safely and efficiently, without need for physical experimentation.

  • Digital Manufacturing – an integrated approach to manufacturing that is centred on a computer system.

  • Medical Technologies – any technology applied in the domain of diagnostics and cure of diseases, with the final goal of improving the quality of care, and the efficacy and sustainability of healthcare systems.

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