Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €15 million to support HPC and Public Open Data

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €15 million to support HPC and Public Open Data

The European Commission has published a calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to stimulate and sustain the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), focusing on HPC. 

In particular, CEF Telecom will support the deployment and use of high performance computing, storage and data management facilities in the frame of Digital Service Infrastructures. Following the initial support given in the WP 2017 to the exploitation of synergies between the Public Open Data DSI and HPC for cross-border use cases processing open public information datasets through supercomputers, this Workprogramme will reinforce the HPC-based ecosystems making use of Public Open Data. This investment of €15 million will continue the efforts towards a full coordination of different programmes such as CEF or H2020, but also involve Member States in the development and federation of a large scale European HPC and Big Data service infrastructure facility serving a wide range of different stakeholders.

This call will focus on the development of generic services, including the provisioning of HPC and data resources (including if necessary the procurement of dedicated storage and data management infrastructures) and cloud-based services to access such facilities and to process the data for current and future applications. The full text of the objective is the following:

  • Topic 3) The creation of new access services to increase the HPC and data capacities of the European Data Infrastructure. This will also include cross-border use of HPC and data capacities for public interest: collecting, storing and managing large (public or private) data sets of cross-European interest, and developing and offering HPC-based services and tools for enabling their scalable exploitation and use.Proposed actions may target the provisioning of HPC and data resources (including if necessary the procurement of dedicated storage and data management infrastructures) and cloud-based services to access such facilities and to process the data for current and future applications. Actions will have to justify and demonstrate the value of using supercomputing resources to analyse and process massive amounts of research and engineering open data resources. The new generic access services called for will increase the usability of HPC, storage and data management facilities, laying out the basis for building a new generation of HPC and data-powered cross-border and intelligent services for a wide range of users, including researchers, industry, and the public sector.Expected beneficiaries are large (public or private) data generators and data providers (e.g. from the health, space, environment, energy, transport or climate change sectors and smart cities, etc.). Other beneficiaries include infrastructure providers that give access to data and supercomputing resources (such as GEANT and supercomputing centres), and other private or public entities developing cloud-based access services. Actions involving the provision of specific public services must ensure that the data and associated metadata that is generated conforms and is interoperable with the relevant standards. These standards include the standards for seamless upload onto the European Data Portal or national/sector-related open-data portals.

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Further information on CEF for Applicants:

 Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals in the areas of Automated Translation, eDelivery, eInvoicing and Public Open Data.

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that contribute to increasing the interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations, and thereby contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.

To receive co-funding under the calls, actions must be ready for deployment, contribute to EU Digital Single Market policies and have a long-term sustainability strategy. The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2018 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.

Interested applicants on the HPC-related Call are invited to submit proposals by the deadline indicated below with an indicative maximum budget as described below:

2018-5 CEF Telecom call for proposals (deadline for submission 15th November 2018)

  • Public Open Data– to achieve better services for citizens and public administrations thanks to the re-use of public-sector information and cross-border use of high-performance computing (HPC) – €18.5 million.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2018 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. Please remember that the deadline for CEF-TC-2018-5 it is 15 November 2018.

When will the grants be awarded?

The evaluation of the proposals to call CEF-TC-2018-5 is expected to start in December 2018. The results of the evaluation and the decision on the allocation of grants should be announced as of May 2019.

Who is the contact point for this call?

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.

About Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs)

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest for the deployment of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) across the EU. These are based on mature technical and organisational solutions to support exchanges and collaboration between citizens, businesses and public authorities. The vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.

CEF supports basic and re-usable digital services, known as building blocks, as well as more complex digital services. The building blocks can be combined with each other and integrated with the more complex services.

Building blocks supported so far include: eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and Automated Translation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.

More complex digital services being supported include areas such as Safer Internet, access to reusable public sector information, Cyber Security, eHealth, and Online Dispute Resolution.

The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex of the Telecom Regulation.

More information

CEF Telecom

2018 CEF Telecom call

2018 CEF Telecom Work Programme