EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme

C-SCALE, DICE, EGI-ACE, OpenAIRE Nexus, Reliance and ARCHIVER collaborate on EOSC Platform EAP

The EOSC Future project has launched the EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme with C-SCALE, DICE, EGI-ACE, OpenAIRE Nexus, Reliance and ARCHIVER. Research communities and service providers will have unlimited access to EOSC services and expertise. Get the support you need to scale up your research project, advance your institution or broaden the reach of your services via the EOSC platform. Apply now.

The EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme (EOSC Platform EAP) aims to foster a culture of cooperation among researchers and providers within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The hands-on format of the programme will equip research communities and service providers with expert knowledge and resources, covering different services and e-infrastructures.

Beyond this in-kind support, programme participants will play an active role in EOSC development, helping to create an EOSC that serves the actual needs of European research communities in all domains.

What’s in it for you?

Selected applicants will be grouped into ‘Early Adopter Projects’ with well-defined work plans and objectives (e.g. onboarding a service in EOSC, running a data analysis workflow, etc.).

Each project can have a duration of 3, 6 or 12 months.

The Early Adopter Projects will get the support they need in terms of:

  • accessing technical services and resources throughout the project’s entire research life cycle
  • receiving technical support from EOSC Future experts and project partners to identify, access and use the services and resources
  • onboarding services to the EOSC Marketplace and making services more visible to the broader EOSC community
  • benefitting from EOSC services (i.e. AAI, helpdesk, monitoring, accounting, etc.).

Please note: The programme aims to provide technical support; however, this does not include direct financial support to applicants.

Who should apply?

  • providers looking to integrate their services into EOSC and, in turn, make them available to the research community at large
  • research communities working to address cross-disciplinary, societal or complex research challenges with the help of EOSC resources from different disciplines or e-infrastructures

Apply now

Applications are already open for the EOSC Platform EAP. Find out more here.

N.B.: A cut-off date for the 1st round of Early Adopter Projects is set for 15 May 2022. Applicants who submitted applications will be informed of the evaluation committee’s decision within 1 month.

EGI-ACE Workshop: EOSC Compute Platform User Support

On April 5th, we are organising a User Support workshop for the EOSC Compute Platform. Registration is now open!

The EOSC Compute Platform, delivered by the EGI-ACE project, is a system of federated compute and storage facilities, complemented by diverse access, data management and compute enabling services. The EOSC Compute Platform is designed to support a wide range of data processing and analysis use cases, the hosting of scientific services, containers and data spaces. 

The workshop is organised for:

  • Existing and provisional EGI-ACE use cases,
  • The technical support staff (the shepherds) working with them, and
  • Any party who would like to learn about the capabilities and benefits of the EGI-ACE services, and the EOSC Compute Platform to use them for Open Science.

The workshop consists of two parts:

  • In the morning session, overview presentations with short Q&A slots will cover the different areas of services of the EOSC Compute Platform: Compute services; Data services, Higher-level services.
  • The afternoon session will consist of ‘use case support clinics’, where scientific communities (e.g. the EGI-ACE use cases) can work with the EGI-ACE technical experts. Bring your use case and questions to the clinics! The exact topics of the clinics will be selected from this Doodle based on the participants’ interest.

Doodle for the Clinic Sessions

This Doodle collects interests for topics to be featured in the Use case support clinics sessions of the EGI-ACE Compute Platform User Support Workshop. 

When filling out the Doodle please write your name + the use case (or project or institute) you represent. Topics offered in the Doodle are:

  • AI/ML (model development, training, delivery)
  • Containers (Kubernetes, Docker, uDocker, Singularity)
  • Orchestration (EC3/IM, DODAS, Indigo-PaaS)
  • Data management (File Transfer Service, caching, Rucio, DataHub, Publishing, FAIR)
  • Analytics service (Binder/Jupyter)
  • Authentication, authorisation, group/role mgm
  • Resource allocation and access (Cloud/HTC/HPC/GPU)

Connection information

Registered participants will receive the connection information in email closer to the event.

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services.
EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.

EOSC Synergy Workshop: National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment

EOSC Synergy, together with EOSC Pillar, EOSC Nordic, ExPaNDS , NI4OS-Europe, EOSC Future and FAIRsFAIR, invites you to the in-person workshop ‘National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment – Status, gaps, and steps towards harmonisation’, to be organised in Strasbourg, France on May 4th, 2022. During the workshop, we will present the findings of the regional EOSC projects on national open science, funding, and access provisioning policies. 

The exact programme and speakers will be announced shortly, but we can already share the overarching themes and sessions this workshop will consist of:

Open Science/EOSC National Policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects on the status of national Open Science Cloud and EOSC policies in the regions concerned, Countries in different regions have different approaches and are progressing at different pace. The workshop will discuss differences and gaps, with the view that these make the implementation more complicated, it will aim to increase understanding of the different policies/approaches and suggest recommendations and steps that can be taken to support a successful EOSC implementation and uptake.

Funding policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects with respect to funding policies in the regions concerned. It will include presentations of successful business models and viable funding schemes at the institutional, national, or regional and international level. It will address the shortage of coherent and stable funding policies, discuss differences and gaps, and it will suggest recommendations and steps that can be taken to foster better alignment of funding policies nationally and internationally.

Access Provisioning Policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects with respect to access provisioning policies in the regions concerned. Specific aspects to be considered will be related to EuroHPC and cross-border resources provisioning, cross-border collaboration, and conditions for transnational access; however, access will also be considered in terms of sustainability, from the user point of view and the availability of skills and capacity building. The findings and recommendations will look at the applicable scope (national/cross-border) and the profile of service policies (how, where they are provided, to which users and under which conditions) for access.

Programme: 

Programme details and speakers will be announced shortly

Registration: 

As this is the first in-person workshop organised in a very long time, we expect high interest. As places are limited, make sure to register in time. An option for remote participation is available, to be indicated at registration. 

https://indico.egi.eu/event/5825/

Please note that on May 3rd, an EOSC Policy event organised by EOSC Future in collaboration with the European Commission, the EOSC Association, the EOSC Steering Board and the University of Strasbourg, will take place in Strasbourg as well. This event will be invitation only.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Synergy, a project that receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857647.

DIGITbrain – Providing easy access to Digital Twins for SMEs

Call for experiments opens February 28th

The DIGITbrain project, the EU wants to make Digital Twin technology available for SMEs and small businesses across Europe. With a Digital Twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs.

The project will support more than 20 highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together technology providers and manufacturing end-users, and facilitating cost-effective distributed and localised production, based on on-demand manufacturing machine capacity.

In total, the project will realise 3 waves of experiments:

EGI is the main Cloud provider in DIGITbrain and in the first year its cloud resources have been integrated with the software stack implemented by the project through MICADOscale and CloudBroker-Platform.

For 2022, EGI is working to provide the storage infrastructure for the DIGITbrain model repository, with the technology based on Onedata, operated by EGI Council partner Cyfronet.

The second call for experiments opens on February 28th, 2022! Check the DIGITbrain open call page for more information, requirements and updates.


EGI is a partner in DIGITbrain, an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. The DIGITbrain project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 952071.

EUHubs4DATA 2nd Call for Experiments: deadline extended to February 8th!

The EC funded EUHubs4Data project has allocated 5.8M Euros to provide support to third parties to undertake up a set of data driven cross-border experiments through three rounds of open calls.  

EUH4D has decided to extend the 2nd open call deadline to February 8th to allow all interested applicants enough time to finalise their proposal. 

In this 2nd Call, with a total budget of 840K €, EUHubs4Data wants to select and finance 14 innovative experiments carried out by SMEs and entrepreneurs, making full use of the potential of the EUHubs4Data datasets and data driven services catalogue. These experiments should contribute to the growth of the global data economy and to the creation of common European data spaces. These experiments can focus on different sectors of economic and societal value for Europe and will help the applicants in testing their service offering and the sustainability of their business ideas.  

The experiments will help the SMEs to test their data driven solutions and products, bring them closer to the market and support them in their data driven innovations. 

new deadline: February 8th, 2022 (17:00 CET) 

What can you expect if your experiment is selected?  

Selected experiments will be able to test their data driven solutions and products, bring them closer to the market and to get support for their data driven innovations. EUHubs4Data will provide the experiments with:  

  • 60K € financial support  
  • Access to the latest developments on Data Analytics and advanced assets on Big Data. 
  • Technical & business coaching and continuous follow-up support by Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), valued up to 70K € per experiment 
  • Visibility and promotion through all project communication channels and beyond  
  • Development of and Advice on your Exploitation plan 

All information: https://euhubs4data.eu/2nd-open-call/  

Apply now: https://euh4d.digitalsme.eu/  

Direct link to guidelines: https://euhubs4data.eu/opencalls-docs-2/EUH4D_guidelines.pdf  


EGI Foundation is a partner in EUHubs4DATA, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951771

Save the date: EGI2022

Mark your calendars! EGI Conference is taking place from September 20th until September 22nd in Prague, Czech Republic

After two successful virtual editions, we are excited to announce the date of the next edition of the EGI Conference. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are hopeful that we will be able to see you all in real life again and are very grateful to CESNET for offering to host EGI2022 in beautiful Prague.

More details will be announced soon, but make sure to block the dates already in your calendars!

After a long period of travel restrictions,  EGI Foundation looks forward to the conference in Prague to meet our partners, project collaborators and user communities in person again. We are delighted to work with CESNET to make it a unique event, hosted in a unique and fascinating city, which has been the home already of many memorable EGI Community meetings.

Tiziana Ferrari
EGI Foundation Director

Make sure you keep an eye on our channels to stay up to date!

Look for #EGI2022 on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date about programme and registration updates!

PS: Of course, we are taking into account the possibility that we will have to organise another virtual event instead of a live meeting – but let’s keep our fingers crossed for now!

Looking for AI Experts and HPC Cloud Providers

Support low-tech SMEs and receive up to 30K EUR funding!

We would like to share with EGI members the opportunity to collaborate in two ICT 49 AI projects (Bonsapps and StairwAI). The collaboration is based on providing computing infrastructure (Expression of Interest for HPC-Cloud providers ) and AI expertise (Expression of Interest for AI experts and Talents) to support industrial experiments (Open call for SMEs).

Photo by Dil on Unsplash

If you are selected, you will enter in a pool of external providers, who will be assigned to the experiments and paid directly by the companies (this means not entering as consortium members but as contractors for the company). Only the initial application for the eligibility is required (so you won’t need to apply for each individual experiment). 

Information (guidelines and application forms) for the projects are in the following links:

Both projects will last until the end of 2023 with intermediate cut-off dates (next one the 31st January).


EGI Foundation is a partner in the StairWAI project, leading technical requirements, service layer design and integration with the platform definition and description. Additionally, EGI Foundation participates to build the Vertical Matchmaking and hardware marketplace and to Open Call Management. More about the projects EGI Foundation is involved in can be found on our project page.

Open Call: RDA Working Groups

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

As part of the latest iteration of calls for proposals, the open call for ‘RDA working groups’ aims to recruit domain and discipline-specific expert groups familiar with the European data infrastructure landscape and associated RDA activities

Successful applicants will play a critical role in:

  • enabling solutions supporting technical developments around EOSC
  • addressing social barriers to EOSC
  • increasing adoption and community participation in EOSC
  • complementing existing RDA working groups and structures in support of EOSC.

Applications should explicitly focus on one of the following or a related topic of interest:

  • EOSC services (e.g. PIDs and PID policies, AAI and security coordination, service management, resource registry, monitoring and accounting)
  • EOSC Exchange (e.g. data transfer, research data or research software as a service)
  • EOSC Interoperability Framework (e.g. research description, policies, AAI, PIDs, metrics, metadata)
  • training and competence/skill development for EOSC
  • feasibility of EOSC services
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • alignment with EOSC Task Forces and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

Where relevant or possible, applications should consider a discipline-specific approach to the above-mentioned topics.

What does the grant include?

Up to 10 grants of max. €15 000 will be issued during the lifetime of the EOSC Future project.

Please note that RDA working groups will last for 12-18 months.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or applicants outside of EU Member States and Associated Countries.

Further criteria and conditions can be found on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

Discover LETHE

Tackling dementia with data-driven risk factor prediction

In LETHE a broad approach to prevention of Dementia is built at the intersection of clinical and technological disciplines. The project is developing a data-driven risk factor prediction model for older individuals at risk of cognitive decline, novel digital biomarkers and a digitally enabled intervention.

During 2021, the LETHE clinical partners (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Karolinska Institutet, Medical University of Vienna, University of Perugia) have been working closely together to harmonize data from the Finnish randomized controlled dementia prevention trial FINGER and large observational study cohorts in Austria, Italy, and Sweden.

These cohorts cover the full spectrum from at-risk persons from the general population to memory clinic patients with subjective cognitive complaints, mild impairment, and dementia.
The aim of this data harmonization process is to provide a pooled dataset which allows data-driven identification of risk factors for cognitive decline. Altogether, the team has been able to create >100 new harmonized variables that are shared by two or more datasets and can thus be used for joint analyses. These variables are related to cognitive and functional performance, to clinical characteristics such as medication use, to biomarkers, to sociodemographic factors, and to lifestyle.

This work provides a solid basis for the initial LETHE prediction modelling which will be conducted as part of the ongoing project activities.


EGI Foundation is a partner in LETHE, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101017405. As project partner, EGI Foundation is leading to design LETHE system architecture and to build data collection and big data framework including set-up of the LETHE big data infrastructure, set-up the authentication scheme for the LETHE project and registration of the LETHE infrastructure and services in EOSC.

Open Call: RDA Communities of Practice

Collecting experience from the field to support the development of EOSC

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

Recently announced, the RDA open call forRDA communities of practice’ will select experts and skilled communicators in various research fields to serve as the coordination focal point between their professional communities and the broader EOSC community.

These dedicated communities – or COPs – will play a fundamental role in:

  • providing discipline or domain-specific knowledge and skills within EOSC
  • engaging users and providers in EOSC
  • bolstering alignment across national, regional and discipline-specific lines.

Successful applications should provide a detailed set-up of an RDA community of practice, elaborating on the following outcomes:  

  • consolidation of new research communities around EOSC
  • disciplinary developments in support of existing EOSC science clusters
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • global approaches, including open research commons initiatives.

Proposals should demonstrate not only how specific domain needs will be streamlined to support the development of EOSC but also how their respective communities will benefit from EOSC core and associated services.

What does the grant include?

This call will award up to 5 grants, each totalling a maximum of €7 500, over the course of the EOSC Future project.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or projects based outside of an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536