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The EOSC Early Adopter Programme

The EOSC Early Adopter Programme is now OPEN. We invite researchers to apply now to take advantage of the benefits of EOSC.

The EOSC Early Adopter Programme is oriented to communities whose research activities have complex digital needs involving multiple, different technologies, and benefiting from access to state-of-the-art technologies, research infrastructures and services that are not available in their current research environment.

EOSC offers a broad spectrum of services and technologies for the research data management lifecycle, and scientific outputs like data, publications and software of pan-European relevance. EOSC-hub and other major partners will mobilize providers and experts to support your advanced digital needs.  

Purpose of the Early Adopter Programme is to:

  • Provide expertise and resources to researchers to become active users of the EOSC.
  • Gain insight into user needs and EOSC use cases.
  • Foster a culture of co-operation between researchers and EOSC providers.
  • Improve in quality and quantity, the offer of EOSC
  • Foster confidence in the capability and capacity of the EOSC.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to gain insight into researchers’ needs and with their participation drive the future developments of the EOSC.

What are the services in scope?

The list of services, research data and other scientific products offered in the programme is available on the EOSC marketplace. The Early Adopter Programme offers a wide range of services and solutions for:

  • Data discovery and reuse
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Data management, curation and preservation
  • Access, deposition and sharing, federated authentication and authorization

THE PROGRAMME IS SUPPORTED BY:

EOSC-hub Consortium:

  • EGI Federation
  • EUDAT CDI
  • Indigo-DataCloud
  • Bijvoet Center, Utrecht University (NL)
  • CLARIN CloudFerro (PL)
  • CNR (IT)
  • Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DE)
  • EODC GmbH (AT)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (IT)
  • European Space Agency Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (IT)
  • LNEC and LIP (PT)
  • Ruder Boškovic Institute (HR and DARIAH)
  • RASDAMAN (DE)
  • Terradue Srl (IT)

EOSC-hub Partners: The Early Adopter Programme is open to partners external to the project who are willing to commit own funding to support resource communities in their collaboration projects. The list of participating partners currently includes OpenAIRE and GÉANT. In addition, from July 2019 a collaboration will be put in place with the OCRE project. OCRE stimulates the uptake of commercial cloud services as part of the EOSC. EOSC-hub will support the resource communities with applying for EC cloud adoption funds available via the OCRE project: vouchers for free cloud resources. The list of partners participating in the programme will be further extended in the coming months.

Who should apply?

The programme is for research communities working on complex research activities in need of multiple, different technologies, and benefiting from access to state-of-the-art technologies, research infrastructures and services that are not available in their current research environment. The programme will allow them to scale up the in-house infrastructure and to access a reacher set of resources.

The Offer

For a period of 6 to 12 months, depending on the complexity of the use case, the selected applicants will receive:

  • Costs of infrastructure expert staff providing the services, who will support integrating activities with the EOSC resources with their expertise.
  • The technical infrastructure needed for piloting technical solutions. This will include the access to resources like data, applications, software, and other services from EOSC-hub providers and partners depending on the research community needs.
  • Limited financial support to cover your travel to attend f2f meetings and other EOSC relevant events.

Applicants will receive  a contribution up to 150 CPU cores, 300 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage for data analysis and 10 TB for long term archiving. Nonetheless, this does not preclude requests of other amounts. If your project needs more, you are advised to e-mail us for advice: early-adopter@mailman.eosc-hub.eu.
The exact amount of resources assigned to each selected project will be established on a case by case in collaboration with the applicant during the technical assessment of the proposals.

EOSC-hub support will not include:

  • Consumable costs
  • Salary for your staff

At the end of the piloting phase, subject to a successful early adoption, the selected projects partners will have the possibility to scale up the achieved setting in capacity and capability, moving further towards a full-scale production environment. This stage will involve activities like selecting the technologies and services that have been successfully adopted, and the acquisition of the capacity needed for the production phase.

Selection criteria

The Early Adopter Programme is intended for projects that have a well defined scientific challenge addressed by the use of multiple services from EOSC-hub and its partners. that will show the scientific excellence and societal impact that could be achieved by EOSC.

The application should meet the following criteria.

  • It represents  a broader scenario that when established in EOSC would have impact across Europe and beyond.
  • It is supported by a mature research infrastructures,a research organisation or project at a European/National level that will be the long-term consumer of the EOSC and who can demonstrate their engagement in EOSC or their willingness to be engaged.
  • It is committed to publish or consume third-party research artefacts (e.g. publications, datasets, tools, workflows) following open science practices , also adhering to the Open Research Data Pilot in H2020 if applicable.
  • It supports as broad a range of stakeholders as possible with maximum coverage of different types of research, services used and varieties of types of data, strengthening the consortium and fostering the EOSC uptake.
  • It provides data integration, management, interoperability and analysis challenges  that will drive the specification of new integrated solutions to support the open science, fostering the interoperability between EOSC services.
  • The research community resources (services, applications etc.) involved in the integration, have been  already operated in a technical environment demonstrating at least Technology Readiness Level 8. to be working on existing computational/data/connectivity and other infrastructures (e.g. private, national, European or public clouds/grids/HTC/HPC/network resources).
  • The technical integration can be realistically  completed within the timeframe available  (from 6 up to 12 months)with the proposed technical support from the applicant, and from EOSC-hub and its partners.

The selection will be conducted according to the following principles.

  • Transparency: this transparency will be achieved by publishing the information on the successful applicants and the related scientific discipline, and providing individual feedback to all applicants.
  • Expert assessment: the applications will be reviewed by experts with appropriate knowledge and experience. All the proposals will be assessed according to the same criteria.
  • Equality: any specific regions, institutions or countries are advantaged. Science areas currently under-represented within EOSC-hub could be prioritized for the sake of a better coverage of all scientific disciplines.
  • Excellence: the proposals will be evaluated according to their merit and their potential impact, like their contribution to European Societal Challenges.
  • Prioritisation: the proposals will be ranked according to the selection criteria defined for the call.
  • Confidentiality: the identity of reviewers will be protected.
  • Management of conflicts of interests: reviewers will state any conflict of interest with the proposals assigned for their review. Conflicts of interest can be personal, professional, institutional or intellectual.
  • Appropriate communication channels: the outcome of the selection process will be promptly and adequately notified.
How to apply?

Applicants will be requested to provide the following information.

  • Collaboration Project title
  • Principal Investigator and optional collaborators (Provide full names with affiliations):
  • Describe the proposed Collaboration Project (Write a brief and plain explanation of the proposed collaboration and the scientific or technical challenge it will address. Please specify how the research community will be involved)
  • Description of the technical environment of the Collaboration Project (Using capabilities from EOSC-hub and partners like data, software, HTC, HPC, Cloud, data storage, repositories, data management systems, etc.)
  • Description of the Collaboration Project (Explain the activities necessary to achieve the project’s goal and how the criteria of the call will be addressed. Specify how you will benefit from the solution implemented in the project).
  • Science Area (Please state the area of science of the project including one or more codes from the OECD Frascati Fields of Science most appropriate to the project, the codes can be consulted at https://www.oecd.org/science/inno/38235147.pdf)
  • Describe the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the scientific services involved in the applicant’s Collaboration Project (please, provide evidence of the declared TRL with links to technical documentation, papers, etc)
  • Expected scientific impact of using services, data and other research outputs from EOSC-hub and its partners.
  • Contribution to Open Access and FAIR.
  • Preferred duration  (from 6 to 12 months).
  • Minimal Compute and Storage capacity needed for sustaining the Collaboration Project (specify the minimum amount of resources needed to execute services involved in your Collaboration Project in terms of CPU cores, RAM, storage for data analysis)
  • Compute and Storage capacity to fully scale-up the Collaboration Project (specify the amount of resources needed to scale-up as needed to make operational your Collaboration Project in terms of CPU cores, RAM, storage for data analysis)
  • Minimal storage capacity for long-term archiving for sustaining the Collaboration Project (describe your data sets in volume and granularity and specify the minimum amount of archive storage as well as the access requirements for long-term archiving needed to demonstrate your Collaboration Project)
  • Data management policies and storage capacity for long-term archiving to fully scale-up the Collaboration Project (specify the amount of storage for long-term archiving needed to scale-up as needed to make your Collaboration Project fully operational)
  • Data Class & Description (Is the data to be handled Regulated data, Privacy-sensitive etc.?)
  • Any other requirements.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW!

Important Deadlines:

CALL 1

Deadline 15/06/2019
Notification by 30/09/2019
Start of collaboration 01/11/2019

For further questions please contact early-adopter@mailman.eosc-hub.eu