The EC-funded OCRE project is awarding approximately €500,000 per project to fund cloud infrastructure, platform and software services that drive agility and accelerate outcomes for qualifying research projects. This includes both Cloud and Earth Observation services.
We encourage you to engage with researchers in your institutions to take advantage of this funding and share this information with their colleagues, students and networks.
As coordinators for the OCRE Frameworks in each country, NRENs can play a vital role in supporting research projects with this funding call. Please use national channels to raise awareness of this opportunity among research communities, and work to facilitate the necessary partnerships (e.g. project-supplier). Also, especially for NRENs outside the EU+UK, be on the lookout for any opportunity to organise community partnerships with projects in an eligible country.
How researchers can apply
- Identify the OCRE cloud suppliers in your country included in the Cloud Catalogue
- Work with researchers and the contact/s listed for the supplier/s to prepare a proposal that:
- Clearly highlights the research discipline and relevance
- Describes impact that cloud-based digital services will have on research outcomes
- Demonstrates how the research institute, department and project is a compelling example of how digital services accelerate European research.
This funding is intended to drive the adoption of new cloud-based services by the European research community and therefore cannot be allocated to research projects already consuming cloud at scale from commercial providers.
For more information on the OCRE project and current adoption funding opportunities, please access the webinar recording from April 14th.
More information can be found in the attached flyer.
The OCRE project will procure services on behalf of awarded research projects in accordance with the rules governed by its Grant Agreement with the European Commission. In addition to this, OCRE is restricted by the rules associated with the procurement of single purpose vouchers and VAT compliance within the European Union. This unfortunately prevents OCRE from applying the proven funding mechanism outside of the EU and UK.
This funding is intended to drive the adoption of cloud-based services by the European research community and therefore cannot be allocated to research projects already consuming cloud at scale from commercial providers.