Call for Participation for Eastern Partnership research collaborations

Call for Participation - [email protected] 2017 – invites researchers from any discipline and their collaborators to submit proposals that highlight how access to internet and compute technologies could significantly improve their research process.  DEADLINE Friday, 7 April 2017.


Important dates

Time Event
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 Call for Participation opens for 1st round proposals
Friday, 7 April 2017 Deadline for 1st round proposals
Monday, 8 May 2017 Notification of 1st round proposals are sent via email
May – June 2017 Consultation meetings with researchers and experts will be held
Monday, 3 July 2017 Final proposals are due
Tuesday, 1 August 2017 Awarded proposals are announced
27-28 September 2017 Award Ceremony at the EaPEC2017 conference in Minsk, Belarus
December 2017 – December 2018 Awarded projects are implemented

To promote the benefits of international-scale research and advanced computer networks, the Eastern Partnership Connect project (EaPConnect) is collaborating with leading partners to create an exciting opportunity for research communities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region through the Enlighten Your Research (EYR) program.

This edition of EYR in the EaP region – known as [email protected] 2017 – invites researchers from any discipline and their collaborators to submit proposals that highlight how access to internet and compute technologies could significantly improve their research process.

The Eastern Partnership is a regional and multilateral initiative between the EU and its six Eastern partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The partnership aims to provide support and assistance for reforms in the region in the fields of democracy, human rights, market economy, sustainability and governance. In line with this, EaPConnect is organising the internationally successful Enlighten Your Research program, which has launched an open call for research proposals for 2017!

The [email protected] 2017 partners provide and develop high-quality network services for all higher education and research institutions in their respective countries. The [email protected] 2017 organising committee consists of a number of partners from the European national research and education network organisations (NREN) community.

Is your research ready for an international challenge?

Join Enlighten Your Research and discover how e-infrastructure services can help you to get the most out of your research! We invite researchers from any discipline to submit a proposal with challenging research questions and a need for technology. The program is open to all ranges of research teams – from novice to expert in the use of information technology – to support their research projects.

What are the benefits?

The final selected projects for [email protected] 2017 will receive:

  • Support and advice on the use of network services and end-to-end network connectivity.
  • Connections to e-infrastructure resources through the EaPConnect Partners.
  • Commitment to an agreed level of resource provisioning and support for 1 year.

Example infrastructure services and resources that are made available through [email protected] 2017 include (but are not limited to):

  • Network services
  • Cultural heritage digitisation
  • Cloud resources
  • Compute resources in collaboration with PRACE and SURFsara
  • Guidance on open data and open science with OpenAIRE

If your final proposal is selected for the [email protected] 2017 programme, you (the main applicant) will get free participation at this year’s Eastern Partnership E-infrastructure Conference, EaPEC2017, in Minsk, Belarus on 27-28 September, organised by EaPConnect. You will be able to present your research project at this Conference.

Who are we looking for?

Researchers who want to collaborate! As a collaboration of national research and education networks, or NRENs, we aim to foster international collaborations to accelerate the research and discovery process. To further promote the benefits of computer networks to researchers, through this international program we are challenging researchers to stretch the boundaries of their science and collaborate with other countries to perform experiments enabled by the NRENs’ network infrastructure, services and support.

How can you submit?

The submission for the first round is very light-weight and will close on 7 April 2017.

The first draft proposal is submitted electronically by answering these questions in an online form:

  1. What is your primary research objective?
  2. Do you need to collaborate with other researchers in different countries?
  3. Presently, what technology do you use in your research?
  4. In the next 1-2 years, what technology could you use to accelerate your research?

The First Submission Proposal can be completed online HERE !

More information about submitting can be found in the attached files:

The documents you need to complete the final proposal will be made available during the second round.

We kindly ask you to submit a proposal if you are a researcher who:

  1. wants to collaborate or already collaborates internationally;
  2. can benefit from access to advanced networks and compute facilities;
  3. can benefit from collaboration with engineers and (support) experts to improve your research workflow.

We invite you to visit the official website, to read the supporting documents and to get involved.

Need help finding international collaborators?

There are many organisations in Europe ready to collaborate! From image analysis and synthesis with the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT) to robotics at PSNC, there are many opportunities to collaborate.

Send an email at [email protected] for any further information. 

Awarded proposals will be made aware more than a month ahead of time in case visas are required to travel to the conference.


Source: EaP Connect 

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