Consortium Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) announced the opening of applications for a program focused on cloud or digital services to support scientific activity and researchers. Applications will open on September 15.

On 15 July, the OCRE consortium announced the date of the first round of funding applications for projects using cloud or digital services to support scientific research.

This first round of applications will run from 15 September 2020 and last for six weeks, with no additional dates planned at this stage.

Through this funding line, OCRE seeks to support relevant projects in its field of study that use cloud and digital services to accelerate research results. On the other hand, the consortium also seeks projects that are part of the European scientific and research community and that can support future collaborations.

Projects that are not currently using these types of cloud or digital tools on a large scale and that aim to start using them by the end of 2020 or early 2021 will also be favoured.

Interested scientific research units may express interest in submitting an application through the OCRE website, and will be the first to be informed of the application details as soon as more information is available. For more information, OCRE will also hold a webinar (registration required) on the day of the opening of applications, 15 September, at 10:00 (Portuguese time).

The aim of this funding programme is to "highlight the positive impact that digital and cloud services have on scientific research results in terms of agility, scale, efficiency, collaboration and data sharing, through the use of advanced analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and collaborative tools".

The OCRE Consortium is part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) program and seeks to increase accessibility to commercial digital and cloud platforms for European research projects. It is already possible to show interest in this line of funding through the project's official website.

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