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In an innovative initiative to put European start-ups and SMEs at the forefront of AI innovation, the Large AI Grand Challenge, in collaboration with the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, invites generative AI pioneers to apply for a cash prize of up to €250,000. In addition, successful applicants will gain exclusive access to Europe’s best supercomputers, including the high-performance Leonardo facility, to train their AI models.

The Large AI Grand Challenge is open to European organisations with experience in building large-scale language models and a deep understanding of supercomputing capabilities. The challenge will run from 16 November 2023 to 13 February 2024 and is designed to harness the potential of large-scale AI models, which can be adapted to different domains without significant changes, to revolutionise industries.

Participants are invited to submit proposals to develop a basic language model using dedicated EuroHPC JU facilities such as LUMI or the Leonardo supercomputer. The proposed model must be trained from scratch, have at least 30 billion parameters and follow state-of-the-art optimal scaling laws for computation and training data size.
Applicants must provide a comprehensive project plan and scope, demonstrating the relevance of the model, the justification for using HPC, and their team’s experience in training basic models on supercomputers. A well-defined plan for efficiently using the target supercomputer, be it LUMI or Leonardo, is crucial.
The objectives of the Large AI Grand Challenge are to stimulate the development of large-scale AI models in Europe and to significantly raise the visibility of European activities in this transformative field. The challenge aims to reward innovative start-ups and SMEs committed to developing AI models that give Europe a competitive advantage.

Up to four winning proposals will receive an allocation of 2 million GPU hours on the LUMI or Leonardo supercomputers in addition to the €250,000 cash prize. For those using the Leonardo supercomputer, this allocation is a golden ticket to harness the enormous computing power to develop their large-scale artificial intelligence models.

SMEs that meet the eligibility criteria can submit proposals for both LUMI and Leonardo supercomputers, with a chance to win in both categories. The application window is open from 16 November 2023, 12 pm CET, to 13 February 2024, 5 pm CET, and offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the AI landscape and be part of a network in collaboration with the European Commission’s DG Connect – CNECT AI and Robotics and EuroHPC-JU.

Interested organisations are invited to consult the updated Guide for Applicants and apply via the F6S platform.

More informations are avaliable on the AI boost project website.