A total of nearly 50 million euros will be mobilised through public-private contributions, which will enable scholarships to be awarded to nearly 150 researchers over four years.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, through the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, is launching a call for applications to fund university chairs dedicated to research, dissemination, teaching and innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.
The AI call aims to create a set of chairs attached to universities in order to develop the application of this technology. The programme promotes the development of scientific research in the field of AI from a multidisciplinary perspective, and the development of research projects that can then be transferred to industry. It is expected to favour the transfer of knowledge between universities and companies at a transversal level in fields ranging from health, sustainability, rights or the data economy.
This Chairs programme is part of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (ENIA), which aims to “promote the development of digital capabilities, boost national talent and attract global talent” related to this technology. Projects for these initiatives may be submitted during 2023 – the month is yet to be determined – and will have a maximum duration of four years.
The First Vice-President and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, stressed the importance of guiding technological change in the direction of a “humanist, inclusive transformation that leaves no one behind” and boosting investment in research and the digitalisation process underway through the Digital Spain Plan 2026.
In this regard, the Vice-President stressed that these programmes will have a total of around 50 million euros in public and private investment for research, dissemination and scientific transfer projects, which will enable scholarships to be awarded to around 150 researchers.