A second call for European research e-infrastructures – Distribution of commercial cloud services
Does your organisation, network or entity work with, support or provide digital services to the European R&E community in the EU ? Do you have a concept for driving commercial services uptake among researchers in your region and Europe?
Based on the great success of the first such EOSC Future call, we are initiating a new similar call for proposals for ‘digital aggregators’ to drive the uptake of digital services within the broader European research community!
SAME TARGET, NEW CALL
The call is part of a €4.8M adoption funding programme supported by the EU, through the EOSC Future project (this next call aims to distribute €1.4M). It is the second call targeting digital aggregators (e.g. non-profit entities, NRENs, RIs and e-Infrastructures, HPC centres, etc.) who will collaborate with local OCRE cloud service providers on dynamic and creative proposals.
These proposals should demonstrate a concrete approach to distributing state-of-the-art digital services (e.g. compute, storage, machine learning, analytics, AI) via the European Open Science Cloud. We anticipate that these mechanisms could potentially drive strategy and relevance for many of the research infrastructures moving forward.
Two proposals will be awarded up to €600,000 (VAT excluded) in pre-procured IaaS/PaaS/SaaS (including professional services) from OCRE cloud providers (find the list of OCRE services in the EOSC Marketplace).
Previous winners demonstrate –
- Open Source Trusted Resarch Environments (TRE)
- Elastic Kubernetes clusters deployed on multi-Clouds
- Flexible Authentication & Authorization Infrastructure-as-a-Service (including HPC)
- Cloud native Kubernetes environment working with models which classify hate speech (using GPUs for machine learning)
- OpenScienceLabs supporting simulations of HPC workflow
WHAT MAKES A STRONG PROPOSAL?
We encourage the submission of proposals that demonstrate pan-European service provision where possible.
Proposals must be able to showcase sustainable distribution mechanisms or methods for making commercial services available to researchers. Strong proposals will clearly lay out how an EOSC user could:
- consume these services for their research project(s)
- apply for support to take advantage of these services.
Proposals should also consider how these services may be integrated into EOSC in terms of:
- AAI and the Research and Education federations
- supplier service registration
- any other integration opportunities with the EOSC Interoperability Framework.
Important note: Individuals or organisations who have already been awarded funding through the EOSC Future procurement scheme mini-competitions cannot apply for this round.
GET MATCHED UP WITH A COMMERCIAL CLOUD PROVIDER!
If you want to apply for this call, you need to get matched with a commercial cloud service provider in your region (specifically, from the list of OCRE framework contract holders). Please use the catalogue to identify and contact the appropriate OCRE cloud supplier near you, and then collaborate on a proposal. All OCRE suppliers in EU countries will have been invited to participate and will be responsible for the submission of the proposal for scoring.
The deadline for applucations is Friday 14 July 2023, 12.00 CEST.
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org