April 22, 2021

Human Brain Project and EBRAINS launch call to build services for sensitive data




The sharing and processing of research data is a key element of success in many domains and particularly in neuroscience and brain health. This often requires to work with what is usually referred to as “sensitive” data, such as patient profiles, medical records, hospital files, to name a few. Such data sets are necessary for scientific analysis and need to be used in a fully compliant way in line with strict privacy and ethical rules. For this purpose the Human Brain Project and its research infrastructure EBRAINS are looking for partners to help them offer state-of-the-art compliant data solutions to the scientific community. In a new call, institutions and companies can apply for funding of up to 1 million Euro to support this work.


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7 May 2021, Friday, 11:00 – 12:15 CET
Virtual info session for potential applicants to introduce the application procedure, explain the scope of the Call and answer participants’ questions.
Registration for EBRAINS SSD Call Info Session

Call Text:

The Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) aims to establish EBRAINS Services for Sensitive Data (EBRAINS SSD) as a part of the EBRAINS Research Infrastructure.

The EBRAINS SSD shall 1) serve multinational research consortia in Europe, in support of basic, clinical and translational research in the diverse field of neuroscience, 2) deliver services and tools required to work efficiently across countries with research on sensitive neuroscience data originating from human subjects (directly identifiable or pseudonymised data), including collaborative sharing, collecting and analysing sensitive data. The EBRAINS SSD should also define routes for public sharing of its outputs (anonymised data and results) through the EBRAINS Data and Knowledge services.

Target groups:

The target groups are institutions or companies that are currently developing and hosting services for sensitive data aimed at academic and clinical research.

Timelines and budget

Budget: EUR 1,000,000 Direct Costs. Maximum funding per proposal: EUR 1,000,000 (PLUS 25% Indirect Costs), one proposal will be selected.

A pre-final version of the proposal should be uploaded at least 3 days before the deadline (by 17 May 2021), to avoid being unable to submit due to eventual technical difficulties during a last-minute submission.

The proposal submission deadline is 20 May 2021 at 17:00 (Brussels time).
It is recommended to use Firefox to upload the proposal.

Further information, Documents and Deadlines:
For more information, please read the Call documents.

Contact Point: applicants are welcome to contact:  info@opencalls.humanbrainproject.eu


Media contact

Peter Zekert



The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the European Union. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence, and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics.



EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure, created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry, for the benefit of patients and society.

It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, a multilevel brain atlasmodelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and to robotics and neuromorphic platforms. 

All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS’ state-of-the art services.  Industry researchers are also very welcome to use the platform under specific agreements.  For more information about EBRAINS, please contact us at info@ebrains.eu or visit www.ebrains.eu.