We strongly recommend against last minute submissions and recommend that proposers make use of the option to submit and update draft proposals throughout the period in which the call is open. Proposal submission after the deadline will not be possible.

Successful proposals will be included in the FF4EuroHPC Project as clearly defined activities within the project and new participants will be included as Third Parties contracted by the FF4EuroHPC Coordinator, the University of Stuttgart. All organisations that are eligible to participate within the H2020 framework programme would be expected to be accepted for participation as Third Parties in FF4EuroHPC.

If the SME end user company was already involved in prior Fortissimo projects or received funding through other programs, the proposal would need to make a strong case for the innovation aspects of the proposed experiment. Priority will be given to consortia centred on SMEs that are new to the use of advanced HPC services.

The FF4EuroHPC open calls will be open to proposals that address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains, but preference being given to engineering and manufacturing, or sectors able to demonstrate fast economic growth or particular economic impact for Europe.

The FF4EuroHPC experiments will not be restricted to collaboration with the HPC Centres within FF4EuroHPC1 and collaboration with the new HPC Competence Centres2 (and deploying the HPC systems of that extended set) will be prioritised.

The expectation is that the consortium for the new experiment includes all necessary partners for the execution of the experiment. Proposers are encouraged to include a European HPC Centre within the consortium. The coordinator of the experiment should be chosen to best meet the needs of the coordination of the activities to be performed within the experiment. With respect to the objective to promote a widening of the HPC user base amongst European SMEs, FF4EuroHPC seeks to achieve a broad geographical distribution of participants. In particular, SMEs based in countries with a previously low level of HPC adoption are encouraged to submit a proposal and may expect to be assisted by their national HPC Competence Centre.

1 The FF4EuroHPC beneficiaries eligible to participate in experiments are CESGA, CINECA and HLRS (U.Stuttgart),
2 For more info see the EuroCC website: https://www.eurocc-project.eu/

The maximum EC funding expected to be allocated to an individual experiment is € 200,000. However, that is a maximum figure and the proposal evaluators will be asked to pay attention to the planned resources (effort & budget) being commensurate with the stated objectives of the experiment.

The funding of Third Parties must follow the same principles as used for beneficiaries of FF4EuroHPC, which receives European Commission funding within the R&D&I programme of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. In particular, Third Parties will receive 100% funding of eligible costs arising.

The maximum funding that can be allocated to any Third Party, across all experiments in which that Third Party is involved is € 150,000. While the participation of certain FF4EuroHPC beneficiaries in experiments is eligible, the funding for their activities in experiments is not included within the budget for experiments.

Note: the costs for use of HPC resources must be included in the proposal budget; FF4EuroHPC will not be in a position to provide computing resources.

The new application experiments should provide innovative HPC based solutions to business challenges from European SMEs from different application domains. Applications from the engineering and manufacturing sector or other sectors that are able to demonstrate fast economic growth will be preferred. As previously mentioned, priority will be given to experiments that are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users. Proposals should clearly identify their alignment with these targets.

Proposed experiments should complement those already included in the past Fortissimo and Fortissimo 2 projects. In this context, complementarity is understood to mean activities that address new applications, business cases, industrial sectors and market segments and the enhancement of the project’s ability to demonstrate the impact of the Fortissimo approach for a broad set of industrial users. Extensions of past experiments are thus not considered to be complementary.

Yes. The provision of access to, and use of, high-performance computing is central to FF4EuroHPC. The expectation for the experiments is that they demonstrate the impact of solving SME business challenges through the use of HPC systems or advanced HPC services. Proposals should present the actual need for HPC resources by describing in sufficient detail the type of computational methods to be used and the relevant sizes of models or data.

There are no formal restrictions on the number of proposals in which an organisation may participate. The selection of proposals will take the range of industrial sectors addressed by the set of all submitted proposals into account. The geographical distribution of experiments, and the country of origin of participating SMEs in particular, will be a factor in that assessment.

Each experiment is expected to hold a kick-off meeting which all participants are expected to attend. Further experiment-internal meetings, whose attendance and frequency depend on the work plan, are anticipated. As a guide, two such experiment-internal meetings are to be expected. Furthermore, a representative of the experiment should participate in a crossexperiment workshop (in the early-phase of the experiment) and the partner(s) able to present the business impact of the experiment are expected to attend one FF4EuroHPC review meeting. Participation in a project-wide workshop for experiments should also be included in budgetary plans. However, because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it is expected that most meetings will be held as online meetings.

The target is for the new experiments to commence in June or July, 2021. We expect to be able to communicate the results of the evaluation of proposals by the end of May 2021.