FP7 calls for proposals and the Horizon beyond

The European Commission (EC) has announced the next round of funding under the FP7 framework (the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) – Work Programme 2012.

An indicative budget of €36 million is set aside for e-infrastructures, distributed as follows:

  • Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE (INFRA-2012-2.3.1, €20 million)

  • International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data (INFRA-2012-2.3.2, €2 million)

  • Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures (INFRA-2012-2.3.3, €14 million)

In addition to the above, there is a €1 million budget under the FP7 Cooperation framework to identify and document the difficulties and benefits for scientists sharing, accessing and using open access primary data (ENV.2012.6.5-3: Exploring opportunities for open access to primary environmental data).

Details on the call for proposals are available from the EC website:

FP7 is the European Union's (EU) main channel for funding research and runs from 2007 to 2013. It was designed to respond to employment needs and competitiveness, and support research in priority areas.

Beyond FP7, plans for the next funding programme are already underway. It will be called ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner for the EU explains: “it is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.” Geoghegan-Quinn continues, “funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.”

The new name ‘Horizon 2020’ was arrived at by an open call for proposal in March earlier this year. Three entries from more than 160,000 ideas were shortlisted. The final winner was determined by online voting. ‘Horizon 2020’ won with a majority of 36.7% of the 8,318 total votes casted. The suggestion came from a teacher from the Czech Republic, and another teacher from Poland, who both proposed the same name.

The Horizon 2020 framework will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

 

 

FP7 calls for proposals and the Horizon beyond

The European Commission (EC) has announced the next round of funding under the FP7 framework (the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) – Work Programme 2012.

An indicative budget of €36 million is set aside for e-infrastructures, distributed as follows:

  • Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE (INFRA-2012-2.3.1, €20 million)

  • International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data (INFRA-2012-2.3.2, €2 million)

  • Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures (INFRA-2012-2.3.3, €14 million)

In addition to the above, there is a €1 million budget under the FP7 Cooperation framework to identify and document the difficulties and benefits for scientists sharing, accessing and using open access primary data (ENV.2012.6.5-3: Exploring opportunities for open access to primary environmental data).

Details on the call for proposals are available from the EC website:

FP7 is the European Union's (EU) main channel for funding research and runs from 2007 to 2013. It was designed to respond to employment needs and competitiveness, and support research in priority areas.

Beyond FP7, plans for the next funding programme are already underway. It will be called ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner for the EU explains: “it is the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). These different types of funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner.” Geoghegan-Quinn continues, “funding will focus more clearly on addressing global challenges. Needless red tape will be cut out and participation made simpler.”

The new name ‘Horizon 2020’ was arrived at by an open call for proposal in March earlier this year. Three entries from more than 160,000 ideas were shortlisted. The final winner was determined by online voting. ‘Horizon 2020’ won with a majority of 36.7% of the 8,318 total votes casted. The suggestion came from a teacher from the Czech Republic, and another teacher from Poland, who both proposed the same name.

The Horizon 2020 framework will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

 

 

EGI-InSPIRE links up with CHAIN

Logo of the CHAIN project

One of the advantages of using the grid is that it makes life easier for researchers who want to collaborate on the same or similar experiments, but are physically located in different countries. In the past six years, much effort has been invested in the development of the European Grid Infrastructure to make this possible for the European Research Area. Best practice and lessons learned during this period can be invaluable for grids and other e-infrastructures being established around the world. On 11 July 2011, EGI-InSPIRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CHAIN (Co-ordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures) project to further connections with other regions of the world.

The CHAIN project plans to bring the operational and organisational principles of European e-infrastructures (especially the grid) to Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its vision to seamlessly integrate e-infrastructures with these regions will help to facilitate international collaborations for scientists within the European Research Area.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, integrated, reliable e-infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis,” says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. “The CHAIN project helps to support this mission by promoting integrated operations and sustainability within regional e-infrastructures with which our user community is collaborating.”

EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN will work together on various areas needed for integrated sustainable operations. They will define roadmaps for: the interoperation and integration between the European Grid Infrastructure and the regional grid infrastructures involved; operational tools and their future development; and adopting open standards for grid resources where available. Effort will be made to identify, foster and connect related Virtual Research Communities common between the two activities. To help them use the e-infrastructures, support materials and applications will be made available on the training marketplace and applications database. Both parties will co-ordinate communication activities to maximise impact. They will also share a range of knowledge on their respective National Grid Initiatives, from operations to policy.

CHAIN is focusing on Virtual Research Communities that have an intercontinental span, such as those investigating climate change, and need to work seamlessly across different eInfrastructures. They obviously require interoperable infrastructures that allow researchers to easily access not only computing resources but, even more important, large data repositories that are shared worldwide. EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN are synergistically promoting such research activities supporting the removal of the barriers and obstacles to a fruitful collaboration of the best minds in all the regions of the world”, concludes Federico Ruggieri, Project Director of CHAIN.

EGI-InSPIRE links up with CHAIN

Logo of the CHAIN project

One of the advantages of using the grid is that it makes life easier for researchers who want to collaborate on the same or similar experiments, but are physically located in different countries. In the past six years, much effort has been invested in the development of the European Grid Infrastructure to make this possible for the European Research Area. Best practice and lessons learned during this period can be invaluable for grids and other e-infrastructures being established around the world. On 11 July 2011, EGI-InSPIRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CHAIN (Co-ordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures) project to further connections with other regions of the world.

The CHAIN project plans to bring the operational and organisational principles of European e-infrastructures (especially the grid) to Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its vision to seamlessly integrate e-infrastructures with these regions will help to facilitate international collaborations for scientists within the European Research Area.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, integrated, reliable e-infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis,” says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. “The CHAIN project helps to support this mission by promoting integrated operations and sustainability within regional e-infrastructures with which our user community is collaborating.”

EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN will work together on various areas needed for integrated sustainable operations. They will define roadmaps for: the interoperation and integration between the European Grid Infrastructure and the regional grid infrastructures involved; operational tools and their future development; and adopting open standards for grid resources where available. Effort will be made to identify, foster and connect related Virtual Research Communities common between the two activities. To help them use the e-infrastructures, support materials and applications will be made available on the training marketplace and applications database. Both parties will co-ordinate communication activities to maximise impact. They will also share a range of knowledge on their respective National Grid Initiatives, from operations to policy.

CHAIN is focusing on Virtual Research Communities that have an intercontinental span, such as those investigating climate change, and need to work seamlessly across different eInfrastructures. They obviously require interoperable infrastructures that allow researchers to easily access not only computing resources but, even more important, large data repositories that are shared worldwide. EGI-InSPIRE and CHAIN are synergistically promoting such research activities supporting the removal of the barriers and obstacles to a fruitful collaboration of the best minds in all the regions of the world”, concludes Federico Ruggieri, Project Director of CHAIN.

Framework to diagnose degenerative brain diseases

Stratus Lab logo

 EGI-InSPIRE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DECIDE (Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment) project on 6 July 2011. This document defines a framework of collaboration between both parties and formalises the working relationship.

DECIDE aims to set-up a dedicated grid e-infrastructure for use by medical specialists. Users will be able to quickly identify early signs of Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia (by comparing patients' brain scans with scans from healthy individuals) using computing resources provided by the European grid. As well as analysing medical images, the grid will also securely store and share the data among trusted users.

A key to treating degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's is an early diagnosis of the condition – analysis on the grid naturally brings advantages because of its ability to process large amounts of data quickly and securely, accessible at any time, from anywhere. "Thanks to the agreement with EGI, the medical community will benefit from a substantial increase in computational resources relying on an homogeneous European distributed infrastructure. This will help in facing the problem of processing huge amount of produced data in order to extract useful biomarkers to enhance confidence in early diagnosis," says Laura Leone, DECIDE project coordinator.

As part of the agreement, EGI-InSPIRE will work with DECIDE to identify user requirements, develop support tools and services, set-up and support Virtual Research Communities. These will be implemented with a view to the long-term sustainability of the services. Progress and results of the collaboration will be clearly communicated to communities from both parties. Finally, aspects of the collaboration will also benefit the wider grid community, for example, in the form of training materials and applications.

"The signing is a significant step forward in establishing a channel for long-term interaction and collaboration, that will allow us to provide an e-infrastructure suitable for the needs of the DECIDE medical community," says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. "As many societies face the future of an increasing aging population, the grid can play a significant role in the early diagnosis of degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's, which affects many people around the world."

Framework to diagnose degenerative brain diseases

Stratus Lab logo

 EGI-InSPIRE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DECIDE (Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment) project on 6 July 2011. This document defines a framework of collaboration between both parties and formalises the working relationship.

DECIDE aims to set-up a dedicated grid e-infrastructure for use by medical specialists. Users will be able to quickly identify early signs of Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia (by comparing patients' brain scans with scans from healthy individuals) using computing resources provided by the European grid. As well as analysing medical images, the grid will also securely store and share the data among trusted users.

A key to treating degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's is an early diagnosis of the condition – analysis on the grid naturally brings advantages because of its ability to process large amounts of data quickly and securely, accessible at any time, from anywhere. "Thanks to the agreement with EGI, the medical community will benefit from a substantial increase in computational resources relying on an homogeneous European distributed infrastructure. This will help in facing the problem of processing huge amount of produced data in order to extract useful biomarkers to enhance confidence in early diagnosis," says Laura Leone, DECIDE project coordinator.

As part of the agreement, EGI-InSPIRE will work with DECIDE to identify user requirements, develop support tools and services, set-up and support Virtual Research Communities. These will be implemented with a view to the long-term sustainability of the services. Progress and results of the collaboration will be clearly communicated to communities from both parties. Finally, aspects of the collaboration will also benefit the wider grid community, for example, in the form of training materials and applications.

"The signing is a significant step forward in establishing a channel for long-term interaction and collaboration, that will allow us to provide an e-infrastructure suitable for the needs of the DECIDE medical community," says Steven Newhouse, Project Director of EGI-InSPIRE. "As many societies face the future of an increasing aging population, the grid can play a significant role in the early diagnosis of degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's, which affects many people around the world."