Jan. 22, 2020

Human Brain Project / EBRAINS: Call for Proposals for European Neuroscientists at Large for Using ICEI e-Infrastructure Resources

The Human Brain Project (HBP) offers in the context of the Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) project access to compute and storage resources of Fenix. With this call, European neuroscientists are invited to submit proposals for using these resources for research on topics in the broader scope of the HBP.

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The HBP is building a world-class research platform for brain research, EBRAINS. Within the HBP, the Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) project is building the Fenix computing infrastructure. It includes a distributed set of e-infrastructure services that are being federated within a single authentication and authorisation as well as user and resource management domain. The services encompass scalable compute, interactive compute and virtual machine services as well as active and archival data repositories, which can be combined according to user needs. 25% of the available ICEI resources are being made available through HBP. See an overview of the available resources.

Neuroscientists are invited to submit project proposals for using these resources. Applicants may be researchers of the HBP core project, of its Partnering Projects, EBRAINS services providers or other researchers and groups if they contribute to research topics and main objectives of the HBP, in particular

  • Analysis of brain data leading to understanding brain function
  • Building multi-scale scaffold theory and models for the brain
  • Simulation of brain function
  • Brain-inspired computing, data analytics and robotics

The project results are expected to lead to a significant European added-value and major impact at international level. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be considered for evaluation depending on resource availability. Applicants should target allocation of resources that do not exceed 12 months. Renewal of applications is possible if the project exceeds this period. Templates for proposals can be found here.

Proposals will first be reviewed by the ICEI team for technical viability before being forwarded to the EBRAINS Infrastructure Allocation Committee (IAC) that manages the review for scientific excellence. Depending on the number of requested resources, awarding of the requested resources will be decided by HBP’s Directorate or the IAC. In case of more resources are being requested than can be allocated, a ranking will be performed based on the review results.

Submission of proposals:

Please complete the template for proposals and send it to icei-coord@fz-juelich.de.

Further information

Further information and support for preparing project proposals can be requested by sending an email to icei-coord@fz-juelich.de.

See the Call for Proposals on the Fenix website.