Calls for Expression of Interest

EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call 2020

The HBP is providing its expertise and skills to researchers and groups around the world through the EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme.

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This Call is open to non-HBP researchers from academic and non-academic research (including hospitals), industry and pharma (SMEs and companies).

Applicants have to contact the HBP during the application phase to work together with the EBRAINS engineers concerned to refine their proposals.

A Voucher is not for direct funding, it funds 4 - 12 months of EBRAINS engineering/development time (maximum 12 Person Months) to implement requested RI features, plus travel costs.

Apply here.

Submission deadline: 6 November 2020 17:00 Brussels time.

For questions, contact: vouchers@humanbrainproject.eu

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Call for EBRAINS Workshops

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Through this Call for Expressions of Interest (CEoI), applicants (from within and outside the HBP) can request administrative and financial support provided by the HBP Education Programme for the planning and organisation of an EBRAINS Workshops event.

In total, up to 5 proposals will be selected during SGA3. The HBP Education Programme will offer up to EUR 22,000 financial support and 3-4 person-month administrative support, per event.

The call is permanently open, but proposals are evaluated after certain cut-off dates.

The first cut-off date is 1 February 2021.

Any proposal submitted by the first cut-off date will be evaluated in Spring 2021, and can take place in the second half of 2021.

It is recommended to use Firefox to upload the proposal.

Interested applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the HBP Education Programme during the application stage at workshops.edu@humanbrainproject.eu.

Apply here.

Calls for SGA3 Opened

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The Human Brain Project (HBP) launches four Calls for Expression of Interest (CEoIs) for new projects to directly contribute to the development of the research Infrastructure (EBRAINS) and increase the scope of its application in terms of innovation, neuroscience and clinical research.

The following four Calls for Expression of Interest (CEoI) are open now:

Brain Atlas and simulation engine adapter construction

A Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) for experts in computer engineering and software development interested in contributing to the building of one of the largest computational infrastructures in Europe dedicated to neuroscience.

Budget: EUR 450,000 Direct Costs (plus 25% Indirect Costs). One proposal will be selected.

The pre-proposal submission deadline is 30 September 2020 17:00 Brussels time. The proposal submission deadline is 26 October 2020 17:00 Brussels time.

All applicants must submit a pre-proposal and the full proposal by the given deadlines. Apply here.

For questions, please contact info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Watch the virtual information session here.

Application of functional architectures supporting advanced cognitive functions to address AI problems of industrial relevance

A Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) for organisations interested in the application of functional architectures to address AI and automation problems of industrial and commercial relevance, with special emphasis on vision.

Budget: EUR 1,000,000 Direct Costs. Maximum funding per proposal: EUR 500,000 (plus 25% Indirect Costs). Two proposals will be selected.

The pre-proposal submission deadline is 30 September 2020 17:00 Brussels time. The proposal submission deadline is 26 October 2020 17:00 Brussels time.

All applicants must submit a pre-proposal and the full proposal by the given deadlines. Apply here.

For questions, please contact info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Watch the virtual information session here.

High-level neuro-symbolic processing for guidance of goal-directed behaviour

A Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) for cognitive neuroscientists, researchers in learning theory, Artificial Intelligence, and neurorobotics interested in developing neural network models of working memory and selective attention for temporary information processing and guidance of goal-directed behaviour.

Budget: EUR 450,000 Direct Costs (plus 25% Indirect Costs). One proposal will be selected.

The pre-proposal submission deadline is 30 September 2020 17:00 Brussels time. The proposal submission deadline is 26 October 2020 17:00 Brussels time.

All applicants must submit a pre-proposal and the full proposal by the given deadlines. Apply here.

For questions, please contact info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Watch the virtual information session here.

Engagement of Industry, SMEs and start-ups

A Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) for companies, most notably SMEs and technology-based start-ups, operating in the field of digital neurosciences interested in the development of tools and services for the shared EBRAINS digital brain Research Infrastructure (RI).

Budget: EUR 1,000,000 Direct Costs. Maximum funding per proposal: EUR 250,000 (plus 25% Indirect Costs). Four proposals will be selected.

The pre-proposal submission deadline is 30 September 2020 17:00 Brussels time. The proposal submission deadline is 26 October 2020 17:00 Brussels time.

All applicants must submit a pre-proposal and the full proposal by the given deadlines. Apply here.

For questions, please contact info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Watch the virtual information session here.

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Call for EBRAINS Infrastructure Training events opened

CEoI 11: EBRAINS Infrastructure Training events support during SGA3

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The HBP Education Programme has published a new Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) for EBRAINS Infrastructure Training events. Applicants from within and outside the HBP can request administrative and financial support provided by the HBP Education Programme for the planning and organisation of an EBRAINS Infrastructure Training.

In total, 20 proposals will be selected during SGA3. The HBP Education Programme will offer up to EUR 9,000 financial support and 1 person-month administrative support, per event.

The Call is permanently open and proposals will be evaluated as they are submitted. The CEoI and further information can be found on the HBP Open Calls Platform:

https://opencalls2.humanbrainproject.eu/call/ebrains-infrastructure-training

Recently Closed Calls

 

Call for HBP Education opened

CEoI 10: Scientific lead for HBP Curriculum Workshops 2020/21

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Through this Call for Expression of Interest, the HBP Education Programme is looking to identify the Scientific Chairs (from within and outside the HBP) to take over the scientific lead of HBP Curriculum Workshops in 2020/21. In total, between 3 and 6 proposals will be selected for winter (October-March) 2020/21 and summer term (April-July) 2021. The submission deadline is 2020-03-23 16:00:00 (UTC).

 

Two Calls for Research Into the Neural Basis of Cognition and Consciousness

CEoI 8: Data and models for studying the neural basis of cognition

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This CEoI is meant to attract leading organisations interested in gathering data which inform the neural basis of cognition, and in data-driven modelling of cognitive processes. The budget is EUR 1,300,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 13.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 11.12.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). 

CEoI 9: Data and models for the understanding of consciousness

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This CEoI is meant to attract leading organisations interested in gathering and bringing into HBP experimental and clinical data, computational models and theoretical work which inform the neural basis of consciousness as the basis for cognition. The budget is EUR 800,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 13.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 11.12.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). 

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Two Calls For Research Into Biological Learning Networks

CEoI 6: Application of visual scene understanding models to robotics use-cases of industrial relevance

This CEoI is for Organisations or groups of Organisations interested in applying techniques in visual scene understanding to robotics applications of industrial relevance. The budget is EUR 800,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 07.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 05.12.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET).

CEoI 7: Integration of symbolic processing into the cognitive architectures

This CEoI aims to integrate expertise of neural network modelling of high-level symbolic processing for integration in developed biologically inspired cognitive architectures. The budget is EUR 800,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 07.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 05.12.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET).

 

Fifth CEoI for HBP's Final Phase Opened

CEoI 5: Cellular Level Models For HPC Simulation Call

A Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) is now open for organisations interested in preparing cellular-level models for portable high-performance computing (HPC) simulation using Arbor. The budget is EUR 900,000 for 2 proposals. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 06.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET ). The proposal submission deadline is: 04.12.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET).

Four CEoIs for HBP's Final Phase Opened

4 Calls for Expression of Interest (CEoIs) are now open for new projects to directly contribute to the development of the research Infrastructure (EBRAINS) and increase the scope of its application in terms of innovation, neuroscience and clinical research.

The CEoIs are for external applicants outside the current HBP Consortium or not currently involved in the HBP.

CEoI 1: Validation and Inference

The goal of the specific CEol is to attract experts in model validation to independently validate the brain models against available experimental evidence. The budget is EUR 700,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 04.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 02.12.2019 16:00 UTC  (17:00 CET).

CEoI 2: Brain atlas and simulation engine adapter construction

The goal of the specific CEoI is to attract experts in computational services related to the informatics integration of Brain Atlas and The Virtual Brain. The budget is EUR 450,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 04.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 02.12.2019 16:00 UTC  (17:00 CET).

CEoI 3: Whole brain multi-parametric imaging using invasive and non-invasive recordings

The goal of the specific CEoI is to attract experts in the field of multimodal multiparametric brain imaging across scales. The budget is EUR 450,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 04.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 02.12.2019 16:00 UTC  (17:00 CET).

CEoI 4: Rodent microcircuits

The goal of the specific CEoI is to attract experts in the field of rodent microcircuit modelling for across-scales methodological validation. The budget is EUR 900,000 for 1 proposal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 04.11.2019 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET). The proposal submission deadline is: 02.12.2019 16:00 UTC  (17:00 CET).

Best Ideas and Concepts for Diversity in Research and Management

You are an early stage researcher with a scientific project that integrates aspects of sex, gender and/or further diversity traits. You want to present your novel approach to a broader audience.

The HBP will honour ideas to improve equal opportunities and concepts for integrating sex, gender and further diversity dimensions in research projects (see also H2020 Guidelines)

An internal jury will select the most outstanding and promising projects, which will be presented at the HBP Summit to a large scientific audience and representatives of the European Commission. Registration and travel expenses will be covered.

More information is available via the website Diversity and Gender Equality Activities or info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu.

Diversity and equality have been increasingly recognised as benefit for research and society. For complex tasks, a diverse team may achieve better outcomes than a homogenous group.

Gender and other diversity aspects are not only important for teamwork but can also be important elements in scientific research projects that might lead to additional insights and knowledge or far-reaching results. The importance of inclusion of diversity variables, like gender dimensions, in research projects, has been widely recognised, for example in the Horizon 2020 programme.

The HBP would like to increase the visibility of researchers at the beginning of their career, researchers who are interested in developing concepts for improving gender equality, including diversity, creating role models and best practices on improving equal opportunities.

This Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) invites applications for the following categories in management and science:

1)    Best Ideas and Measures to improve equal opportunities in scientific research teams or in the overall HBP

The HBP will honour the best ideas and measures that focus on improving equal opportunities in various settings; we strive to implement these best practices in the HBP.

2)    Best Scientific Concepts that integrate diversity (concepts or existing projects or papers considering sex, gender, further intersectional variables like age, specific diseases etc.)

The HBP will honour research concepts for integrating sex, gender and further diversity dimensions in their research design (see also H2020 Guidelines).

More information is available via the website Diversity and Gender Equality Activities or info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu

Agreement and Disclaimer

By submitting a proposal, all applicants agree that:

  •  Any incomplete proposal will not be considered;
  • Each of the applicants has given her/his consent for the proposal and is committed to present it at the HBP Summit or different conference of choice in case of acceptance, registration and travel cost of winners will be covered;
  • Each applicant has read the HBP Guidelines “Call for Expression of Interest for HBP Best Concepts and Ideas for Diversity in Research and Management SGA2” and does not oppose any of the requirements defined.

The HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call 2019


Download the Guide for Applicants:  The HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call 2019 Guide for Applicants (doc.)

 

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is providing its expertise and skills to researchers and groups around the world through the HBP Research Infrastructure (RI) Voucher Programme.

The vouchers give researchers outside the Project access to the HBP infrastructure services and its engineers; with the help of the engineers, the voucher winners will be to implement new infrastructure capabilities to solve specific problems not covered by the current RI toolset. The focus is on projects that will be relevant for using and/or contributing to the further development of the HBP research infrastructure.

The aim is to open the HBP research infrastructure to meet the needs of the user community in a dynamic new way and to establish collaborations that pursue technology innovation and engineering solutions of mutual interest and benefit.

A call for applications for the RI Voucher Programme 2019 opened on 16 July 2019, with the first cut-off date on 27 September 2019 17:00 Brussels time (CET).

The call is open to all non-HBP researchers, with separate target groups from academic, non-academic and medical research (including hospitals), and industry and pharma (SMEs and companies).

For the HBP measures for equal opportunities are an important topic. Thus, we explicitly encourage applications from women and groups of applicants who have considered gender equality aspects in their group of applicants.

Important note: While benefiting from tailor-made developments and solutions for their projects, voucher winners will not receive any direct funding for their work from the HBP. The vouchers fund the work of the HBP infrastructure engineering teams to implement the RI features requested by the voucher winners.

The size of each voucher will depend on the personnel and travel costs required to realise the new RI capability sought by that voucher winner and to allow for intensive exchange between the participants. The vouchers are worth between 6 to 12 months of engineering/development time (maximum 12 person months), plus travel costs.

Interested applicants should get in contact with the HBP already during the application process to work together with the HBP Platform engineers concerned to refine their proposals.

Read more:  The HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call 2019 Guide for Applicants (doc.)

If you have any questions, please contact us at vouchers@humanbrainproject.eu.

NOTE: Applicants will receive the final confirmation of project funding only, once the HBP SGA3 Proposal was accepted for funding by the European Commission.

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Read About Earlier SGA2 Calls

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Background on the Calls

The Human Brain Project (HBP) aims to bring a large number of users to the HBP-Joint Platform  to make it even more attractive for the external science community and to foster new collaborations across the full width of the HBP’s Subprojects. To achieve this, a substantial amount of funding has been made available in the next two-year funding period (the SGA2) for partner organisations to help contribute.

The HBP has asked potential new Partners to submit proposals (see recently closed calls below) that will directly contribute to the development of the HBP Platforms and increase the scope of their application, in terms of neuroscience and clinical research. The selected Partners will become full Partners in the HBP Consortium.  The projects will run from April 2018 to March 2020 (SGA2 phase).

Please note that for some of the CEoIs, current Partners of the HBP Consortium are explicitly invited to write a proposal with new Partners and apply together. Details will be explicitly laid out in the Guide for Applicants.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

SGA3 CEoI Evaluation Process

 

All submitted proposals will be evaluated by acknowledged external experts from relevant research fields and by reviewers from the broader scientific community (all referred to as ‘experts’). To avoid conflicts of interest, the experts are independent of the HBP Consortium and the applicants. The conflict of interest rules for this call are set out here. Experts will maintain strict confidentiality with respect to the entire evaluation process. Experts perform evaluations in their private capacity, not as representatives of their employer, their country or any other entity. Under no circumstance may an expert attempt to contact an applicant directly, either during the evaluation or afterwards. Experts cannot submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) proposal for the call they are reviewing.

This remote evaluation process will be followed by a remote panel meeting, which will make the final selection.

The selected projects will be funded via the European Commission grant for SGA3.

The CEoIs are managed by the Technische Universität München (TUM) together with the coordinator Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) on behalf of the HBP Consortium. Applications will be received through the Open Call Portal, kindly provided by TUM.

 

Recently Closed Calls

  • HBP Schools for SGA2
  • HBP Workshops 2018
  • Co-designing the HBP digital infrastructure for advancing the understanding of multilevel brain organisation
  • Coordination of Data Protection in the HBP
  • Modelling allosteric drugs
  • Coordination of gender equality activities
  • Comparative single cell analyses of principal neurons and Interneurons in mice and humans

 

 

 

 

 

 

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