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.

Logo Design Contest for the European Open Science Cloud

Submission is open until 25 February 2022

Young designers!

The EOSC Association is looking for creative graphic design students or recent graduates, under 30, in the EU and associated countries that have a unique approach to the topic. Their creative proposals should feature a logo for the EOSC Association and a co-branded logo for related EOSC projects that can be used in various media. The young designers will compete for:

● a cash prize of €5.000,-

● the chance to present their logo at the 2022 EOSC Symposium in Prague, November 2022 (accommodation and travel costs will be covered).

A jury of established designers and EOSC experts will review and select the shortlisted designs, which will then be put to a vote within the EOSC community.

EOSC

The development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) kicked off in 2018. Now, taking stock of the digital transformation of research in Europe and the role EOSC can play, the EOSC Association is looking for a new logo that showcases EOSC’s ambitious vision of cutting-edge, pan-European research through an integrated web of data and related services for researchers.

Deadline

Design submissions will be accepted until 25 February 2022, 23.59 CET.

Content rules, info and submission portal

Please find all information here: https://eosc.eu/eosc-logo-competition-application

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

EOSC DIH Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

The EOSC DIH helps private businesses benefit from digital technologies, services and personnel offered by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Through its Business Pilot programme, the EOSC DIH has released an Expression of Interest, as part of the EOSC Future project, to boost the competitiveness of start-ups, SMEs and other businesses developing solutions in key areas with the help of EOSC services and expertise. Applications are open until 3rd December 2021, 17.00 CET

According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, businesses are strategically placed to use research infrastructure resources and services to enhance growth and foster innovation. The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), an international, multi-player cooperation, provides an interface for supporting this commercial innovation. 

As part of the EOSC Future project, the EOSC DIH has launched an Expression of Interest (EoI) for Business Pilots. The goal is to onboard businesses developing innovative solutions – with EOSC technologies and services – and support them in developing their products and services. For instance:

  • data analytics to improve healthcare
  • services for safer and cleaner transport
  • machine learning and AI optimisation
  • applications to reduce the cost of public services.

The selected business pilots will receive support in, among other areas:

  • accessing e-infrastructure resources and additional technical services
  • prototyping, scaling up, design, performance verification and testing
  • building partnerships with other SMEs and industry stakeholders, innovation clusters and accelerators
  • business coaching and training for increased market uptake
  • boosting visibility at a European and international level.

This support will also be reserved for industry applicants wishing to become service and content providers for the EOSC community.

Who can apply

Start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs and large enterprises are invited to submit an application for this EoI, provided that they fulfil the following criteria:

  • run one of the following use cases: pilots/proofs of concepts, service/product design, PaaS/SaaS integration, performance verification and/or testing
  • develop solutions using different EOSC DIH services: technical access (e.g. HTC, HPC, Cloud computing) or training and support (e.g. technical consultancy or business coaching).

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

Project: AI4PublicPolicy

EGI is partner in AI4PublicPolicy, a project focused on Automated, Transparent Citizen-Centric Public Policy Making based on Trusted Artificial Intelligence

Started in March 2021, the AI4PublicPolicy project will explore new forms of innovation, through a joint effort of policy makers and Cloud/AI experts to unveil AI’s potential for automated, transparent and citizen-centric development of public policies. The project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme for a 36-month period, under the topic ‘Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations’.

AI4PublicPolicy will deliver, validate, demonstrate and promote a novel open cloud platform, i.e., the AI4PublicPolicy Platform. This will become an open Virtualized Policy Management Environment (VPME) that will provide fully-fledged policy development and management functionalities based on AI technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and chatbots.

The AI4PublicPolicy VPME will be integrated with European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with the dual objective to facilitate access to the Cloud and High Performance Computer (HPC) resources of EOSC/EGI that are required to enable the project’s AI tools, and to boost the sustainability and wider use of the project’s developments. 

A primary project goal is to leverage citizens’ participation and feedback for the development and optimization of citizen-centric policies. This citizen-oriented feedback will be derived through five different user-driven pilots organised by the project’s participating public authorities, i.e., the City of Athens IT Company (DAEM), Comune di Genova (CFG), Lefkosia Municipality (NIC), Lisboa E-Nova – Agência Municipal de Energia e Ambiente (LIS), and Burgas Municipality (BURGAS).

AI4PublicPolicy targets the deployment and validation of its cloud platform (VPME) and AI tools in the scope of relevant policy making environments with the participation of policy makers of the public authorities of the consortium and based on real datasets.

To engage stakeholders and the required resources in the validation and evaluation activities, the pilot themes are organised as follows:

  • Pilot #1: Policies for Infrastructures Maintenance and Repair; Policies for Parking Space Management and Urban Mobility (DAEM in Greece).
  • Pilot #2: Policies for Citizens and Business Services Optimization (CFG in Italy).
  • Pilot #3: Policies for Holistic Urban Mobility and Accessibility (NIC in Cyprus).
  • Pilot #4: Energy Management and Optimization Policies (LIS in Portugal).
  • Pilot #5: Data-Driven Water Infrastructure Planning and Maintenance Policies (BURGAS in Bulgaria).

Want regular updates? Go to the project website, or follow AI4PublicPolicy on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and subscribe to the YouTube channel!

In the project,  EGI Foundation is leading the task which provide technologies to allocate cloud and HPC resources based on the policy under-development, which will be dynamically updated during runtime based on emerging situations (e.g. through a local event that triggers the generation of additional datasets) and the task which will integrate information, content and demonstrators about the project’s outcomes to the on-line portal of the market platform. The task will integrate all the exploitable assets of the project in the market platform.

AI4PublicPolicy has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101004480.

Key facts
Starting date: 1/3/2021
Duration: 36 months
EC funding: € 3.999.988,25
16 partners
9 EU countries

#EGI2021: Focus on EOSC

Join us on October 19th for an EOSC-themed day!

During our #EGI2021 first conference day, October 19th, we will focus on a variety of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) projects, services and tools. 

In the morning, you can discover the EOSC Synergy project in ‘Bridging from theory to practice with EOSC-Synergy’, or find out how EGI powers several core EOSC Services in the session ‘EGI-powered Thematic Services in EOSC‘.

Throughout the conference, we showcase a number of demonstrations – and on this day, two of them are EOSC-themed: at 12.45 CEST, Find out how the EOSC Test Suite can help with benchmarking and validation, and at 13.30 CEST, how you can onboard resources on the EOSC Portal. 

The first afternoon sessions focus on ‘Gaia-X Architecture and its Implications for EOSC and the research community‘ or you can learn more about EOSC -related services and projects during these short presentations about EOSC-Performance, EOSC-DIH, EGI-ACE, EOSC-Synergy and ESCAPE.

Finally, join us for a workshop focusing on EOSC Future and EOSC Core.

EOSC Future launches the first of its RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like: 

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

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

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

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

11 new Research Infrastructures included in ESFRI Roadmap 2021

Selected Research Infrastructures include OPERAS and SoBigData++

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (RI), confirms their €4.1 billion investment in excellent science contributing to address European challenges and includes 11 new RI’s in its 2021 Roadmap Update.

Following a two-year long evaluation and selection procedure, ESFRI proudly announces the 11 proposals that have been scored high for their science case and maturity for implementation and will be included as new Projects in the ESFRI 2021 Roadmap Update

EGI is happy to be involved in two of the selected RI’s, OPERAS and SoBigData++. Both RI’s will significantly support a key EU priority, Digital Transition:

  • OPERAS – Open Access in the European Research Area through Scholarly Communication, the distributed RI to enable Open Science and upgrade scholarly communication practices in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in line with the European Open Science Cloud. 
  • SoBigData++ – European Integrated Infrastructure for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics, a resource for sharing datasets, methods, research skills and computational resources for supporting the comprehension of social phenomena through the lens of Big Data. 

Read the full press release, with an overview of all 11 selected RI’s, here.


About the ESFRI Roadmap
ESFRI has established a European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (new and major upgrades, pan-European interest) for the next 10-20 years, stimulates the implementation of these facilities, and updates the roadmap as needed. The ESFRI Roadmap arguably contains the best European science facilities based on a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It combines ESFRI Projects, which are new Research Infrastructures in progress towards implementation, and ESFRI Landmarks successfully implemented Research Infrastructures enabling excellent science.