About the Project


Generative AI (GenAI) and Large Language Models (LLMs) have been making headlines since ChatGPT and have great potential for enterprise use. However, most of the most powerful models today are “closed source”, developed by large US and Chinese companies. OpenGPT-X aims to set an example: Given the right conditions, Germany and Europe can keep pace internationally in the development of this key technology – while emphasising their own unique selling points. The project aims to strengthen freedom of choice and digital sovereignty for German companies in the field of GenAI, thereby removing existing barriers to the use of generative AI.

Dr Nicolas Flores-Herr, OpenGPT-X project lead at Fraunhofer IAIS: “The OpenGPT-X project is developing large AI language models “Made in Germany”, which are directly tailored to the needs of companies, but can also be used in research. Versatility, trustworthiness, multilinguality in German and other European languages as well as openness (open source) are key features of the models developed in OpenGPT-X”.

OpenGPT-X and its consortium partners, led by Fraunhofer IAIS and Fraunhofer IIS, represent the entire GenAI value chain: From the highly scalable, GPU-based infrastructure and data for training large language models, to the design of the models themselves, to the productive application in the form of prototypes and proofs of concepts (PoCs) by consortium partners from industry. On the one hand, the project aims at advancing cutting-edge research questions and conducting scientific studies on critical decisions for training the models. On the other hand, the productive use of the models is considered from the very first development step.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) as part of the funding competition “Innovative and practical applications and data spaces in the Gaia-X digital ecosystem” from January 2022 to December 2024 (more information). The total funding amounts to about 14 million Euros. The Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) is responsible for the implementation of the Gaia-X funding competition (more information in German). The Gaia-X Hub Germany at acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering supports the Gaia-X funding projects in terms of scientific monitoring, networking and transfer of results.