The European Commission (EC) is currently accepting proposals for Tackling gender, race and other biases in AI (RIA).
Research demonstrates how bias exacerbates existing inequalities and reinforces gender, racial and other stereotypes in, for instance, the labour market, education, online advertising systems, social media, taxation and the justice system.
Bias in AI can occur in three dimensions: training data, bias in algorithms, and bias in the interpretation of the results. This topic investigates preventing and mitigating bias in AI, focusing on:
- recommender and personalisation systems,
- algorithmic decision-making, and
- surveillance software, including facial recognition.
Proposals may focus on more than one of these AI-based systems and should clearly identify the expected use-case/s in society.
The check will normally be done for the coordinator if the requested grant amount is equal to or greater than EUR 500 000, except for:
- public bodies (entities established as a public body under national law, including local, regional or national authorities) or international organisations; and
- cases where the individual requested grant amount is not more than EUR 60 000 (lowvalue grant).
Proposal results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:
- Increased availability and deployment of unbiased and bias-preventing AI solutions across a wide range of industrial and digital sectors.
- AI-based solutions for enhancing digital equality and social inclusion for women and girls, and other groups at risk of discrimination, such as ethnic minorities and the LGBTIQ community.
- Increased involvement of underrepresented persons in the design, development, training and deployment of AI.
- Increased awareness, knowledge and skills about trustworthy, bias-free and socially responsible AI in the tech industry and scientific community.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions;
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
- eligible non-EU countries:
- countries associated to Horizon Europe;
- low- and middle-income countries.
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