Gathering power for AI in municipalities and civil society
The call for proposals is part of the initiative Gathering power for AI in municipalities and civil society that Vinnova runs in collaboration with AI Sweden. Vinnova is the main financier and carries out four calls for proposals and AI Sweden runs broad mobilization and support. You can read about the background and purpose of the investment on Vinnova's website. You can find more about what is going on in the power pool, including collaboration opportunities for applicant, on AI Sweden's website.
Gathering power for AI in municipalities and civil society - Vinnova
Gathering power for AI in municipalities and civil society - AI Sweden
aim of the call
The main purpose of the gathering of forces is to support and stimulate municipalities and civil society organizations to get started faster with and take advantage of AI. The overarching goal is a strengthened welfare and greater social benefit through the target groups' successful application of AI solutions.
The aim of this call is to stimulate broad collaboration and common solutions in the areas where the needs and opportunities with AI are greatest. AI is a new transformative technology that requires organizational learning and the development of new ways of working. Such processes are best carried out in broad cooperation with like-minded organisations. In addition, the greatest potential with AI is often found in joint solutions where, for example, data from different sources can be aggregated for more accurate AI solutions.
The call for proposals is also aimed at project that intend to make clear progress towards concrete implementation. The projects cannot therefore remain in an initial investigation, policy development or preparatory phase alone. Nor can they stop at building joint technical capability without having a concrete application in mind.
Why are common AI capabilities needed?
Vinnova and the parties within Kraftsamlingen see several advantages in the construction of joint AI capabilities. By fully or partially developing common AI solutions, or even administrative common infrastructure for AI, municipalities and civil society organizations can lower costs and achieve better results from their investments. This can include, for example, ready-made AI models, software libraries, digital infrastructure and expertise that all actors can benefit from without having to build everything from scratch. Here we list some benefits of cooperation that we consider to be valuable to achieve.
Sharing of costs and resources
Development and implementation of AI technology can be costly. By collaborating, municipalities and civil society organizations can share preparation and development costs, purchasing hardware and software, and training staff. This reduces the financial burden on each individual actor and increases the availability of more sophisticated AI solutions.
Larger data base for higher quality and new values
AI-powered systems require large amounts of data to operate effectively. By working together, actors can, whenever possible, jointly collect and share their data resources, which can improve the quality and reliability of the AI solutions that are developed. This is particularly important in areas such as health, care and safety, where more data can lead to better decisions and results. Combinations of different data can also give rise to new solutions.
Standardisation, interoperability and common working methods.
By cooperating, actors can create standards and common guidelines for both the technological development and the use of AI.
Actors can benefit from each other's experiences and knowledge of AI in terms of, for example, strategy, organizational development, implementation and the new working methods required. By sharing and comparing results, best practices and lessons learned actors can avoid common pitfalls and increase the success of their strategies and project.
Sustainable growth and gender equality
Vinnova is tasked with promoting sustainable growth and community development. Genom Agenda 2030, the countries of the world have agreed on a global agreement and understanding of what characterizes sustainable development. Through our efforts, we contribute to the global commitment to reach the goals.
In Inom Agenda 2030, Vinnova has specifically identified climate and gender equality as two central sustainability perspectives to which our funded investments should contribute positively. Project financed by Vinnova are therefore expected to take special account of the climate and gender equality aspects.
One aspect that Vinnova follows up and assesses is whether both women and men share in the grant in an equal way, participate in and have influence over the project.
Another question involves analyzing and deciding whether there are gender or gender aspects that are relevant in connection with the project's problem area, solutions and utilization. This question is mandatory for all applicant and can be found under the heading " project tasks" in Vinnova's e-service. In this call for proposals the question is the basis for assessment under the potential criterion in section 7.
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Results from research and innovation that are made freely available increase the opportunity for more people to contribute to solutions to societal challenges. The call for proposals should contribute to making more results freely available to everyone and scientific publication should take place with open access.