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TOPIC : Provision of core services across e-infrastructures

Topic identifier: EINFRA-7-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 02 September 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: Support to harmonise and/or deploy core e-infrastructure services is crucial for their effective use by both production e-infrastructures and e-infrastructures under development. Core services are considered those that 1) enable e-infrastructure interoperation and 2) are common across a broad range of e-infrastructures and research communities.


Scope: Proposals will address one of the two following actions (one proposal per action will be funded):

(1) Development and promotion of the uptake of a Digital Identifier e-infrastructure for digital objects (articles, datasets, collections, software, nomenclature, etc.), contributors and authors which cuts across geographical, temporal, disciplinary, cultural, organisational and technological boundaries, without relying on a single centralised system but rather federating locally operated systems to ensure interoperability. The requirements of all relevant stakeholder groups (researchers, libraries, data centres, publishers, etc.) will be addressed;

(2) Deployment and promotion of a pan-European identity federation for researchers, educators and students, in compliance with existing identity inter-federation efforts (including Eduroam and Edugain). The action will involve (research and education) institutions in EU Member States, existing identity federations, e-infrastructure providers and libraries. It should aim to overcome technical, organisational and legal obstacles for the implementation of an integrated and interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructure (AAI) and to lower barriers for entry of organisations not already participating in identity federations, e.g. by providing scalable policy negotiation mechanisms, as well as legal guidance notably in data protection. It should also encourage the use of security token translation services to enable interoperability of different AAIs, as well as accounting services for enabling interoperability and aggregation in recording the usage of resources securely and reliably, including for the highly distributed heterogeneous infrastructures envisaged for global research data.  Guest identities and alternative methods of identification (e.g. social media identities) are encouraged e.g. in order to allow public access at large. Assessment of penetration of existing identity federations at national level and development of training activities for data professionals on issues related to AAI enabled collaboration and data sharing (data privacy, intellectual property, cultural barriers, etc.) should be foreseen.

Expected impact:

          The interoperability of e-infrastructure services is improved, therefore access to resources and collaboration between scientists are facilitated;

         Duplication of efforts for developing services common to many e-infrastructures is reduced;

         Extensive use of Digital Identifiers opens new prospects for advanced services for science and education and for encouraging openness and building trust;

         The federation of identities allows a European-wide single sign-on service enabling researchers to collaborate within secure and trusted virtual research environments where scientific resources and content can be accessed, used, stored and shared.

         The deployment of the AAI should facilitate sharing of information resources at pan-European level.

         Expansion of the coverage of national identity federations for network, services and applications; all research institutions are able to participate in identity federations even with low level of technical or organisational preparedness.

Type of action: Research and innovation actions

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:
For the criterion Excellence, in addition to its standard sub-criteria, the following aspects will also be taken into account:
- The extent to which the Networking Activities will foster a culture of co-operation between the participants and other relevant stakeholders;
- The extent to which the Service activities will offer access to state-of-the-art infrastructures, high quality services, and will enable users to conduct excellent research;
- The extent to which the Joint Research Activities will contribute to quantitative and qualitative improvements of the services provided by the infrastructures.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation of Call H2020-EINFRA-2014-2:
See Part E of the Specific features for Research Infrastructures of the Horizon 2020 European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) Work Programme 2014-2015 for the specific proposal conditions.

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the specific proposal template Part B.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing applicants they have been successful.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:
Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template
Specific evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

7. Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. 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.

Additional documents

  • H2020-EINFRA-2014-2 - flash call info en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 4. Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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