Apply now to the AI4Media Open Call 1!


Calling all SMEs, entrepreneurs, and researchers in the AI and Media sectors.

Apply now to the AI4Media – Open Call #1 for up to €50.000 in funding.

The AI4Media project has €500.000 to fund 10 projects to deliver innovative research and application solutions in the AI and Media domains.  

Submissions to the AI4Media – Open Call #1 are open starting 1 September 2021 and run until 1 December 2021 (17h00 CEST). Do not miss the opportunity!

AI4Media, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to become a Centre of Excellence by engaging a wide network of researchers across Europe and beyond, focusing on delivering the next generation of core AI advances and training to serve the Media sector, while ensuring that the European values of ethical and trustworthy AI are embedded in future AI deployments.

The AI4Media – Open Call #1 invites single entities, including entrepreneurs, SMEs, researchers, and research organisations to submit project proposals for the development of innovative research and application solutions to advance the AI and Media domains.

Proposals can target either the Research or Application track and must address one of the defined open call challenges. The objective is to engage entities that develop and integrate applied research, speed up the uptake of research and innovations developed within the network, and generate contributions to the enrichment of the pool of research and technology tools of the AI4Media platform.


The AI4Media – Open Call #1 offers awarded projects with equity-free funding and tailored support, namely:

  • Equity-free funding: Up to €50.000 per project.
  • Market-driven services: dedicated boot camps and online events to support market take-up of developed applications.
  • Business support: Business support to promote SME’s innovations and demonstrate technologies to cluster organisations and media stakeholders.
  • Research coaching: Research-focused projects will be allocated a coach to support the promotion of the research developed and integration in the AI4Media network.
  • Visibility and promotion: major visibility, promotion and networking opportunities are offered as part of the AI4Media project and related networks.


To apply, you must first be registered on F6S to submit your proposal. Visit the AI4Media website to access all information about the open call, including guidelines, the challenge descriptions, evaluation procedures, and other details. You will also access a set of templates that are required to submit along with your proposal. The proposal must be submitted on F6S by 1 December 2021 (17h00 CET).

All proposals submitted will be verified, evaluated, and contacted with their result. Awarded proposals will enter into an agreement with AI4Media. Two online information webinars will be implemented during the open call, on 30 September 2021 and 10 November 2021, both at 14h00 CET. Visit the AI4Media website for additional details.

Awarded projects will implement their projects over the course of 9 months (Application projects) or 12 months (Research projects) divided into three stages. AI4Media will monitor and support the projects in each of these stages.


Apply now to the AI4Media – Open Call #1, running from 1 September 2021 to 1 December 2021:

For more information, please visit AI4Media at, follow AI4Media on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube, or reach out to

Join AI4Media and take part in the #AI and #media revolution.

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