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Pilot Joint Call for proposals in

Call launch: 15 May 2012

Deadline for eligibility check: 7 November 2012, 17:00 CET

Deadline for final submission of proposals:  7 November 2012, 17:00 CET

Budget: EUR 600.000

Maximum grant for projects: EUR 150.000

Type of projects supported: Joint collaborative research projects


IMPORTANT!!!   New deadline for SEERA-EI Pilot Joint Call

On 15th May 2012, the SEERA-EI project consortium lunches the Pilot Joint Call in “Research and Skill Building in Scientific Cloud Computing”, with participating partners from the following countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

Due to major administrative and budget problems experienced by our Serbian partners the Call Secretariat was not able to clarify the status of Serbian participants in the Call before the official dead-line of 5th of September 2012.

After receiving an official letter from the Serbian Ministry of Education on 4th October 2012, the situation has been clarified and the Call will be officially announced and financed also for the Serbian partners. The eligibility conditions will be published on the Call website and can be further explained by the Serbian NCP Ms Svetlana Bogdanović.

Under this circumstances and being aware of the small confusion related to the sending of the original Part D annex to the Call Secretariat at a date before the final submission dead-line, the participating partners decided to extend the dead-line for final submission with an additional 1 (one) month.

Thus, the submission application will be reopened on 10th October 2012, 12:00 CET and the new final dead-line is 7th November 2012, 17:00 CET.

The participants’ eligibility check will be performed during the 1 month new submission opening period.

The programme still covers the period from 1 April 2012 to 1 March 2015. The duration of projects may be 12 or 24 months and are programmed to start on 1 January 2013.

The participants, who already submitted their projects, can access the proposals and make any modifications they desire, within the Call and National eligibility conditions.

As it will be a full reopening, new proposals can also be submitted.

1. Objectives and description
2. Eligible applicants
3. Eligible projects and duration
4. Evaluation and selection criteria
5. Budget and grant amounts
6. Submission of proposals and deadline
7. Further information and application documents

1. Objectives

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute towards facilitating cooperation of eligible organisations from six  countries that launch this call in the field of Research  and Skill Building in Cloud Computing.

The purpose of this call for proposals is to promote multilateral cooperation among universities, research organizations and enterprises with focus on the following thematic topics:

1. Studies of need for cloud computing in research in SEE. The expected results range from user community requirements capture, analysis of demands on cloud computing provisioning infrastructures, and specificities of target users.
2. Studies of state of the art in terms of middleware and IaaS solutions used in cloud computing - Europe and SEE. The expected results are comprehensive overview of existing solutions, and roadmaps and recommendations for future developments.
3. Pilot clouds for SEE - this action is envisaged to support set-up of pilot cloud installations and adequate management solutions for emerging cloud infrastructures in SEE.
4. Pilot applications for SEE - this action would involve development of proof-of-principle pilot applications to be deployed on regional cloud infrastructures.
5. Studies on requirements for federated cloud computing infrastructures for R&E.
6. Joint dissemination and training activities in cloud computing, workshops and intensive trainings.
7. Study on leveraging and combining e-Government and e-Science cloud solutions.
8. Data protection, security and confidentiality.
9. Legal aspects of cloud computing. Legislative requirements for cloud resource sharing within the region. The Steering Board, acting under powers delegated from countries launching this call (“Funding Parties”)  and consisting of high-level representatives of  their ministries,   is responsible for the management of this call for proposals.

The programme covers the period from 1 April 2012 to 1 March 2015. Duration of projects may be 12 or 24 months and  they  start on 1 January 2013.

2. Eligible applicants

Applicants may be only from the countries referred here as Funding Parties.

Applications may be submitted by universities and other legal RTD entities and organisations that are eligible according to the document: “SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules” that specifies conditions and eligibility rules for each SEE country participating in this call for proposals. It is expected that organisations applying for project grants have results in area of cloud computing and that their proposals aim to collaborate in order to use better existing computing  resources by implementing cloud computing in research.

The funding scheme targets institutional collaboration: private individuals may not apply independently. Concerning the eligibility of the applicants, each the Funding  Party  has to determine what type of institution is eligible, according to its national regulations.

Wherever possible and eligible (according to national regulations), the participation of Non Governmental Institutions (NGOs), commercial and industrial partners - especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - is possible to ensure the relevance of the research to technological development and to the needs of society. Also, the participation of young scientists in the research teams is encouraged.

Applications may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least three organisations - applicants from at least three countries - Funding  Parties of this call.

The Institutions which were partners in the SEERA-EI project are not eligible for this Call. For more details please contact the National Contact Person.

3. Eligible projects and duration

One type of instrument is supported: Joint collaborative research projects.

The joint research projects may address basic or applied research. The project may also include dedicated measures to enhance young researchers’ mobility, training,  exchanges and access to medium /large scale infrastructures. The project should address research, development, skill building or implementation issues in area of Research and Skill Building in Cloud Computing.

The focus of projects should be a collaborative work of researchers in countries - Funding Parties  in area of cloud computing, and not investment in computing equipment. This is expected to be supported by other national programmes.

This call aims at projects with duration of one to two years.

Each approved project can receive up to €150,000 from the virtual common pot.

4. Evaluation and selection criteria

Eligible applications for joint collaborative research projects   will be assessed by external independent experts according to the following award criteria:

1.     Technological excellence (relevance to the call)
2.     Management & implementation quality
3.     Potential impact for development, dissemination and results

More information is given in the document “PJC Evaluation Guidelines”.

5. Budget and grant amounts

The indicative budget earmarked for projects under this call amounts to EUR 600.000.

The maximum grant for projects will be EUR 150.000.

6. Submission of proposals and deadline

Grant applications must be drawn up in English, using the eForm specifically designed for this purpose, which will be available on the website of the PJC:

Instructions for online submission are presented in "eFORM User Guide"

Instructions for NCPs and Call Secretariat are presented in "eFORM User Guide for NCPs and Call Secretariat"

For technical support regarding online submission of proposals, please contact

The duly completed (finalized) electronic application forms for Joint collaborative research projects must be submitted no later than 5 September 2012, at  17.00 (CET).

In order to give chance to applicants to modify their applications if they are not eligible, a preliminary checking for eligibility is. Applicants are strongly advised to submit the draft electronic application forms (not finalized proposal) for eligibility checking by 5 August 2012, at 17.00 (CET). Non eligible applicants will be informed by 15 August 2012, and they can modify their proposal and submit the final electronic application form (finalized proposal) by 5 September 2012

Greek applicants are strongly advised to contact their national representative and confirm eligibility with their respective funding organisation in advance of submitting an application.

Only online submission of applications is valid. No paper application forms need to be sent. Additional mandate documents (see PJC Guide for Applicants) must be sent by post to the Call Secretariat, when the coordinator  gets the information that the applications is eligible,  to the following address:

SEERA-EI Pilot Joint Call Secretariat
Call for Proposals Research and Skill Building in Cloud Computing
Name of officer responsible: Adrian Stoica
Office: National Authority for Scientific Research - Compartiment Informatizare
Address: Str. Mendeleev, nr. 21-25, floor 5, room 504bis, code 010362, sector 1, Bucuresti, Romania
Country: Romania

7. Further information and application documents

Applications must comply with the provisions contained in the  Guide for Applicants  - Pilot Joint Call for proposals in Research and Skill Building in Cloud Computing and in the SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules. The evaluation and selection of the project proposals will be done as described in Evaluation Guidelines  - Pilot Joint Call for proposals in Research and Skill Building in Cloud Computing.

To download the application documents click on the document title:

PJC Guide for Applicants
PJC Evaluation Guidelines
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Bulgaria)
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Greece )
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Moldova)
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Romania)
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Serbia)
Serbia National R&D Programme
SEERA-EI PJC National Eligibility and Funding Rules (Turkey)
Templates for Part B, C and D (.zip file)


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