TENDER SIGNUP FOR INSTITUTIONS IS NOW CLOSED.
ONLY THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR BUYER GROUP COORDINATORS REMAINS OPEN.
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The OCRE Tender

Institutions have already signed up in procuring IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions and EO data services via the OCRE Tender

European research and education organisations have been invited to participate in the Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) tender. The OCRE tender targets two different service types:

 

Cloud Services

Earth Observation Data Services

IaaS solutions (storage and compute) and any cloud-delivered solution (such as PaaS and SaaS) that originates from the same IP owner/licensor that provides the IaaS element. Services which incorporate Copernicus Earth Observation data stored in one or more of the Data Information and Access Services platforms (DIAS).

 

Contents

 

Who applied

Individual institutions or Buyer groups from

  • Higher education,
  • Research,
  • Primary and secondary education, libraries and academic hospitals

in the EU and EEA have been invited to apply. Application has now been closed for individual institutions. However, expressions of interest to coordinate buyer groups is still open and OCRE will only accept applications from buyer group coordinators until the deadline of 4 October 2019, 18:00 CET

Benefits

For organisations that have met the deadline for signing up, they can benefit from the following:

1. You can use the results of the tender: ready-to-use service agreements with cloud and Earth Observation providers, which ensure good conditions of use around data privacy, contracting, billing, support, technical integration and have special pricing. You can use these contracts to consume the selected suppliers' service offerings; to buy resources with your own funds.

2. You are eligible to request cloud adoption funds. The European Commission has provided OCRE with €9.5 million in adoption funds, to stimulate the usage of cloud and Earth Observation services, throughout the project’s 2019 - 2021 timeframe. OCRE will make these funds available in different stages.

OCRE will distribute a first batch of adoption funds, across institutions and buyer groups who have signed up for the OCRE tender and have indicated their interest before the past deadline of 12 September 2019, 18:00 CEST (for institutions) and 4 October 2019, 18:00 CET (for buyer group coordinators)

For buyer groups: €2,25 million for usage of cloud resources is available for buyer groups who collectively sign-up for the OCRE tender and commit to consuming cloud services via OCRE in 2020. Buyer group coordinators can express interest to sign up.

For individual institutions: OCRE will distribute a minimum amount of €150,000 across individual institutions, through vouchers. These vouchers can be used for running research related IaaS workloads at pre-selected suppliers from an already available set of agreements; those in the GÉANT IaaS framework. 

Based on the expressed interest, OCRE will create categories of research domains and / or countries and group applicants accordingly. OCRE will ensure a balanced distribution of the vouchers across these categories and when needed will select winners randomly for each of these categories.

Besides these aforementioned funds which are tied to the OCRE tender sign up, OCRE partners with the following organisations on adoption: 

  • Eurodoc (The European Council for Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers)
  • Marie Curie Association (a global network of researchers)
  • EOSC-hub project

These three organisations will make available €200,000 in vouchers to individual researchers and will handle the selection of and distribution to the researchers.

TENDER SIGNUP FOR INSTITUTIONS IS NOW CLOSED.
ONLY THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR BUYER GROUP COORDINATORS REMAINS OPEN.
EXPRESS INTEREST NOW!

Timeline

Tender signup for European research and education organisations has now closed.

The tender will launch in October, with service agreements available in Q1 2020. These agreements are valid for a period of four years, until Q1 2024.

Institutions participating in the tender can thus order services via these ready to use agreements in this timeframe. In parallel, the EC adoption funds will be made available by OCRE in the 2020 – 2021 timeframe to stimulate usage. 

Note that there will be two separate OCRE tenders, one for commodity cloud services and another on digital Earth Observation services. Timelines and deadlines for both maybe updated in the future. Watch this space to keep up to date.

How to participate

Research and higher education institutions in the following 39 countries are already registered in the tender via their National Research and Education Network (NREN). Your NREN is collaborating closely with the OCRE project, via the European GÉANT association.

COUNTRY

NREN

COUNTRY

NREN

Albania

RASH -Academic Network of Albania

Lithuania

LITNET

Armenia

ASNET-AM

Luxembourg

RESTENA

Austria

ACOnet

Macedonia

MARnet

Belgium

Belnet

Malta

Ricerkanet - Malta

Bulgaria

BREN

Moldova

RENAM

Croatia

CARNET

Montenegro

MREN

Cyprus

CYNET

Netherlands

SURFnet

Czech Republic

CESNET

Norway

Uninett AS

Denmark

DeiC

Poland

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre

Estonia

HITSA EENet

Portugal

FCT|FCCN

Finland

CSC - IT Centre for Science Ltd.

Romania

Agency ARNIEC/ RoEduNet

France

RENATER

Serbia

AMRES

Georgia

Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association - GRENA

Slovenia

ARNES

Germany

DFN

Spain

RedIRIS

Greece

GRNET

Sweden

Sunet

Hungary

KIFU

Switzerland

SWITCH

Iceland

RHnet

Turkey

TUBITAK ULAKBIM

Ireland

HEAnet

Ukraine

URAN Association

Israel

Inter-University Computation Center

United Kingdom

Jisc

Italy

GARR

 

 

 

Cloud contact points at the NRENs are available on this separate webpage.

Take advantage of volume benefits: Provide input on your expected consumption

In addition to this basic registration, you are invited to provide input to OCRE on your expected consumption via the tender.

In the tender documentation, the NRENs and OCRE will present a collective view of the expected consumption which will take place through the OCRE tender. Gathering this demand across institutions, into a collective consumption projection, is expected to result in more favourable conditions of use from providers: the larger the volume, the higher the discount levels. All institutions who provide information on their expected usage as part of the tender documentation, will benefit from volume benefits achieved through the OCRE tender.

The NRENs, GÉANT and OCRE are collaborating, to gather this information in a coordinated manner. 

 

Higher education and research institutions not covered by their NREN: how to participate in the tender and apply for adoption funds

For higher education and research institutions in other countries than those listed in the table above: you are not (yet) covered by your NREN. You can participate in the OCRE tender and apply for adoption funds. Here's how:

  1. Contact your NREN, to ask the NREN to play a national coordination role and include all institutions in the OCRE tender. Cloud contact points at the NRENs are available on this separate webpage.

If your NREN isn't able to fulfil this role in the OCRE tender, institutions can look at alternative national organisations, who can form a tender group at a national level, for economies of scale advantages and efficiencies; where one institute acts as coordinator on behalf of a number of group members. Note that OCRE only accepts tender group coordinators until 4 October 2019, 18:00 CET.

 

Primary and secondary education, libraries and academic hospitals

For organisations in primary and secondary education, libraries and academic hospitals. In a number of countries your NREN delivers services to you. If your NREN fulfils a coordinating role in the OCRE tender and adds your organisation to the tender list, you will be eligible to consume the outcomes. Please contact your NREN for further details. Cloud contact points at the NRENs are available on this separate webpage.

 

For organisations interested in coordinating a tender buyer group

Please contact OCRE to discuss your role as a tender buyer group coordinator before the 4 October 2019, 18:00 CET deadline.