In Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, ICT49 was the call on Artificial Intelligence on demand platform.

In the H2020-ICT-2018-20 call “Information and Communication Technologies” the project “A European AI On Demand Platform and Ecosystem (AI4EU)” was funded. The ultimate goal of this project was a European AI-on-demand platform mobilising the European AI community to support businesses and sectors in accessing expertise, knowledge, algorithms and tools to successfully apply AI thereby generating market impact.

The ICT49 projects build on the AI-on-demand-platform AI4EU and aim to facilitate the integration of AI into applications and to consolidate the ecosystem by bringing in a larger user community and by reinforcing the service layer of the platform to ensure it is a compelling solution for users, especially from non-tech sectors. The ICT49 projects contribute to the platform by providing  AI-related knowledge, algorithms, tools, access to related infrastructures, equipment, data resources and expert support. 

In addition to StairwAI there are five more related ICT49 projects.

AIPlan4EU focuses on using AI for automated planning and scheduling and to identify a course of actions that achieves a specific goal. (

BonsAPPs delivers end-to-end, containerized, ready-to-integrate and re-usable solutions and covers experimentation, benchmarking, deployment, and secure licensing of AI solutions at the Deep Edge, such as the AI embedded in all our everyday smart devices. (

AI4Copernicus bridges Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the Earth Observation (EO) world by making the AI-on-demand platform, the digital environment of choice for users of Copernicus data, for researchers and innovators. (

I-nergy supports AI-on-Demand in the energy sector by capitalising on state-of-the-art AI, IoT, semantics, federated learning, analytics tools, which leverage on edgelevel AI-based cross-sector multi-stakeholder sovereignty and regulatory preserving interoperable data handling. I-nergy also works on evolving, upscaling and demonstrating innovative AI-as-a-Service (AIaaS) Energy Analytics Applications and digital twins services. (

DIH4AI is focused on building and networking DIH-driven AI-on-demand regional platforms, linked to the pan-European AI4EU toolbox and experimental facility and will create a critical mass of AI services and seamless operation. (