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EU Grant Opportunities to Empower AI Projects in Schools

Updated: Apr 10

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force, offering unprecedented changes to the world of work and society. Similar to other monumental societal changes, it has kindled a fear of the changes AI will bring, compelling policymakers to establish fundamental regulations ensuring its safe implementation. The use of AI has been growing considerably, and it has already left an indelible mark on countless fields, one of them being education. The latter could benefit from the transformative influence of AI. Yet, the educational systems in many European countries have not been able to keep up with the developments in the field, and therefore not harnessing the potential opportunities AI could offer. Why is this the case, and what can be done to overcome the gap?

As shown in recent research supported by Erasmus+ funding, the main barriers to the successful integration of AI within classrooms across Europe are the lack of good teacher-training practices, not enough reliable and trustworthy teaching materials and the absence of motivation to change, mainly connected to the overwhelming increase of workload for the teachers. Educators of all age groups have also found themselves faced with important challenges, such as their incapability to detect misuse of AI technologies, such as the use of deepfakes, and assignments fully completed by generative AI instead of students themselves.

Education is of paramount importance as it is the foundation for personal growth and societal progress. Therefore, the need for supporting the educational field in these new developments has been recognised by several grantors. There are multiple funding mechanisms offering grants for the increased inclusion of AI within the educational systems in the European Union, which offer good opportunities for potential beneficiaries to gain funding for their efforts in the AI field but also provide exciting pedagogical novelties to enhance learning outcomes, address inequalities, and drive innovation. Below, we listed a few examples of where you might find your next AI grant, which our team of grant writers can help you with:

  • Horizon Europe: The EU's flagship research and innovation funding programme until 2027. It provides support for both the technological and societal dimensions of developing and implementing AI.

  • Erasmus+: The Erasmus+ programme focuses on education, training, youth, and sport. It provides funding opportunities for projects that promote innovative teaching and learning methods, including those involving AI and digital technologies.

  • Digital Europe Programme: This programme aims to strengthen the EU's strategic digital capacities, and it includes initiatives related to digital skills, education, and AI. In regard to education, over the course of the first two years of its implementation, it has channelled 120 million EUR into special education programmes.

  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): ESIF includes various regional development funds that could be used to support AI initiatives in education, particularly in less developed regions of the EU.

  • Connecting Europe Facility (CEF): CEF supports the development of high-performance, sustainable, and secure digital infrastructures, which could indirectly benefit AI adoption in education by improving connectivity and access to digital tools.

  • European Social Fund (ESF): ESF aims to improve employment and social inclusion in the EU. Some ESF programs support digital skills and training, which could include AI education initiatives.

  • Private and Corporate Grants: Besides EU programmes, private foundations and corporations often provide grants and sponsorships for educational projects involving AI. These opportunities may vary, so it's worth exploring partnerships with private entities interested in education technology.

  • European Research Council (ERC): The ERC funds cutting-edge research projects, and it supports Europe's research institutes that are leading AI research globally.

The integration of AI within classrooms is not merely an option; it is an imperative that holds the potential to reshape the future of learning. However, the current situation in many European countries reveals a stark reality: educational systems are lagging behind by not adopting the revolutionary capabilities offered by AI. This delay not only represents a lost opportunity but also harms both educators and students. The time has come for European educational systems to seize the numerous opportunities AI has to offer. By winning grants under the funding mechanisms listed above, you can revolutionise learning, empower educators, and equip students with the skills needed for the rapidly changing job market.

The future of education is digital, and it's time for your project proposal to stand at the forefront of this transformation.Let help you secure the funding you need. Contact Grant Writers Europe today.


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