Continuous Fed4FIRE+ Open Call for SMEs

The Continuous Open Call is implemented by regularly defined cut-off deadlines for submission of the proposals followed by immediate review and feedback to the proposers. Usually, the cut-off-dates are every two weeks (beside holiday seasons, time of the major project events, etc.).

The coming cut-off dates / submission deadlines are on:

– 14 May 2019

– 28 May 2019

– 12 June 2019

– 25 June 2019

always at 17:00 CET (Brussels local time)

More information about the open calls, templates, and the access to the submission portal is available on the Fed4FIRE+ website at

About Continuous Fed4FIRE+ Open Call for SMEs

Fed4FIRE+ lowers the threshold for SMEs to access the largest federation of top-quality testbeds in the area of Next Generation Internet even further. SME’s can submit proposals for funding of their experiments through the new continuous Open Call. This continuous Open Call requires very limited administrative effort with very quick response time for obtaining financial support for an initial small experiment with the possibility to extend the experiment in a 2nd stage.

Maximum requested funding per experiment:

– Stage 1: € 12 500 (incl. a max of €2 500 for patron) with a max of 40 experiments over whole of Fed4FIRE+ duration

– Stage 2: € 60 000 (incl. a max of €5 000 for patron) with a max of 8 experiments over whole of Fed4FIRE+ duration

Eligibility & re-submissions

– Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in the EC H2020-projects

– Can only be selected for funding for one proposal every 6 months

– For stage 2 only successful proposals from stage 1 can be submitted.

– For stage 1 a proposal, if rejected can only be re-submitted after 6 months

– For stage 2 a proposal, if rejected, can only be re-submitted once

4 th SESAME Network Annual Assembly

The 4th Sesame Network Assembly which will take place on Tuesday 14th May at 1:30 PM in Andersia Hotel, Poznan, Poland (during EuroHPC Summit Week 2019).

For those who cannot participate in person, a Conference Call will be organized via GoTo Meeting.

4 th SESAME Network Annual Assembly

The 4th Sesame Network Assembly will take place on Tuesday 14th May at 1:30 PM in Andersia Hotel, Poznan, Poland during EuroHPC Summit Week 2019.

For those who cannot participate in person, a Conference Call will be organized.

RBI supporting “HeartStep” experiment inside TETRAMAX project

TETRAMAX is a Horizon 2020 innovation action and provides an implementation of the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for cyber physical systems and the internet of things. The total budget of the TETRAMAX project is 7M€ and is coordinated by RWTH Aachen University, with 23 partners, covering almost all EU countries.

“HeartStep” is funded by TETRAMAX first call for bilateral TTX. It is a TTX between Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI), a Croatian research institute and SAVING d.o.o SME company in Slovenia. Together they are working on the improvement of a smart body gadget monitoring the heart, which saves time in the diagnosis of heart patients and is already used in many clinics in Slovenia and the rest of the EU.Continue reading

TETRAMAX opened a new call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)

This Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX) requires a cooperation between three or more partners from at least two different EU member states and/or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

This TTX activity brings together:

  • One partner (A) providing a particular novel Customized Low- Energy Computing (CLEC) hardware or software technology from research; up to three further auxiliary partners (from academia or industry) may be included in the consortium in case an interdisciplinary cooperation is required for a successful TTX.
  • One “Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partner” (B) testing and deploying the technology in its dedicated, possibly even non‐tech, products with its end customers.
  • Another partner (C) aiming at productizing this technology as a “platform” in the long‐term for a wider market.

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Sophisticated chemotherapy to give birth to new drugs

The development of medications capable of revolutionizing disease treatment is one of the great challenges of this century. The Galician group BioFarma has a powerful database of chemical compounds with vital information for the pharmaceutical industry. A new project initiated in 2012 brought about the expansion of the chemical library to 60,000 molecules. Owing to its vast storage capacity as well as security and protection for very sensitive data, CESGA is in charge of managing the servers that store these molecules.

The first evidence that human fingers left marks on clay tablets was detected in ancient Babylon and Persia. It was not until 1891 that it was really understood that fingerprints were unique in each individual and could be used as a key for identification. This finding was attributed to the Argentinian police officer Juan Vucetich. A year later, his team was the first to identify a murderer by means of dactyloscopy.

The information revealed by the curves of the skin on the fingers is very sensitive and must therefore be protected. Continue reading

Flanders takes a big step in supercomputing

For several years now, the Flemish government makes financial resources available for supercomputing. These investments allow Flemish researchers to make important contributions at international level in research and innovation, so that Flanders can remain competitive.

For example, the current Flemish supercomputer infrastructure is being used to investigate the consequences of climate change in urban environments, to simulate the effects of major infrastructure modifications on air quality and other environmental factors and to increase the energy output of wind farms.

Supercomputing in Flanders is also crucial for the modeling of space weather, to predict the influence of solar activity on communication and GPS systems, and to optimize the efficiency of chemical production processes.

The supercomputer infrastructure is also used to develop models to predict the spread of infectious diseases, to find better biomarkers in cancer research, and in the development of new materials with innovative properties.

Supercomputer Tier 1 – © UGent, foto Hilde Christiaens

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Call for proposals – Digital Enablers in SMEs

The European Commission is launching a call for proposals for a pilot project in the field of digital enablers in SMEs with the aim of supporting their digitisation and enhancing their capacity to go international and innovate.

The aim of the pilot project is to match growth-oriented small- and medium-sized companies and mid-caps on one side with highly-skilled digital experts (digital enablers) on the other side, in order to fill the lack of adequate technological competences and equip the companies concerned with the appropriate knowledge to start their digital transformation.Continue reading