On 15 September 2020, OCRE launched it’s first funding call for the adoption of cloud services available through the OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements. Two subsequent calls for projects are planned to open in February and July 2021 respectively. 

Under this 1st Cloud funding call, OCRE aims to fund the consumption of infrastructure-cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, marketplace) by projects which can become clear showcases for the benefits of using cloud services to positively impact research outcomes; projects which:

  • Are a part of the European research community.
  • Clearly demonstrate how the use of commercial infrastructure cloud services can provide agility in terms of research activities; improve research or enable new research outcomes.
  • Provide significant relevance within their research discipline
  • Support the FAIR data principles and intend to share their research data with peers.
  • Are not currently using these tools extensively.
  • Aim to continue usage of commercial infrastructure cloud services in their research.
  •  Can begin to use the cloud services in early 2021
  • Are executed at single institutions

 

Important dates

Call open: Wednesday 15 September 2020

Call submission deadline: Monday 2 November 2020

Evaluation results communicated to applicants: Monday 14 December 2020

 

Applying for this call

Application form: ACCESS NOW!

Application guide: DOWNLOAD NOW!

 

Questions about this call

Please ask your questions to funding@ocre-project.eu

 

Call Launch Webinar

See all the relevant files recordings from the webinar here.

 

Interested in future calls?

Research institutions interested in putting forward projects for OCRE funding can express their interest NOW!

 

Background

European research produces the greatest amount of relevant data globally and the European Commission wants to harness this data for the betterment of European innovation. OCRE aims to demonstrate the positive impact that cloud and digital services have on research outcomes in terms of agility; scalability; efficiency; data sharing through the use of advanced analytics; machine learning; AI; and collaboration tools.

OCRE is part of the broader European Open Science Cloud landscape and focuses on the delivery of commercial cloud and digital platforms providing for excellence regarding European research outcomes and ensuring that related data support the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) data principles.