Two open calls will be offered through the FF4EuroHPC project, targeting the highest quality experiments involving innovative, agile SMEs. Proposals will address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains. Experiments that will meet the open call standards will be carried out on the Cloud-based HPC system, clustered in two tranches.
The first Open Call was successful: a set of 68 proposals was submitted, with coordinators from 19 countries, involving more than 150 organisations from 25 countries. Of these, 16 were selected for funding in an evaluation process involving 37 external reviewers, and the experiments have started at the beginning of June 2021.
The second Open Call was even more successful: a total of 74 high-quality submissions involving 191 participants from 27 European countries were submitted. his represents an increase of 10% in the number of proposals and participating countries compared to the first open call. 64% of the participants are small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), up from 54% previously. A full 65% of the proposals involve European countries which are not participating in the first round of experiments.
When the experiment is successfully concluded, it is resulting in a success story, inspiring the Industry community.