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TOPIC : International Cooperation on HPC

Topic identifier: FETHPC-01-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
01 February 2018
Deadline: 15 May 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Future and Emerging Technologies
Topic Updates
  • 16 May 2018 18:22
    A total of 7 proposals  have been submitted in response to this topic.
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The aim is to develop strategic partnership in HPC with Brazil and Mexico that enables advancing the work on HPC applications in domains of common interest. Brazilian and Mexican partners will not be funded by the EU and they are expected to participate in the project with their own funding.


a) Cooperation with Mexico: in the frame of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology between the European Union and the United States of Mexico[1], collaboration for the development of state-of-the-art HPC applications (codes, algorithms, software tools, etc.) in domains of common interest such as energy (including oil, renewables, wind, etc.), life sciences, earth sciences, climate change and air pollution, and natural disasters, among others.

b) Cooperation with Brazil: developing state-of-the-art HPC applications in domains of common interest, such as in eHealth and drug design (e.g., related to diseases such as Zika and Dengue) or energy (e.g., renewables or management of natural resources). Proposals should put emphasis on application development towards exascale performance, develop codes, algorithms, other software tools, big data analytics, and hardware where appropriate. Proposals should ensure access to and using relevant big data suites as needed.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 2 million for the cooperation with Mexico and up to EUR 2 million for the cooperation with Brazil would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
  • Improved international cooperation of EU-Mexico and EU-Brazil research and industrial communities on advanced HPC application development.
  • Improved sharing of information and expertise to solve common societal problems with the use of advanced computing.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

[1]Communiqué of the 8th Joint Steering Committee of 27th May 2016 in Brussels

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.


Due to the specific objectives of this call topic, in addition to the minimum number of participants as set out in the Rules of Participation, proposals shall include at least two participants from the country or region targeted by the action.

Participants in the EU actions are required to conclude a coordination agreement with the participants in the corresponding coordinated third-country activities. A final draft of these agreements has to be provided with the proposal.

Proposals will only be selected on the condition that the proposers provide evidence of the eligibility of Mexican and Brazilian partners to receive funding for their proposed activities from their respective funding authorities (e.g. in the form of a letter from the corresponding funding authority) prior to the evaluation of the proposals.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.


3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.




5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal templates are available in the electronic submission system.
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
2. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) WP 2018-20
3. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


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