HPC-Europa3 tutkimusvierailuohjelman yhdeksäs haku käynnissä

Ninth call for applications for the HPC-Europa3 is open: opportunity recommended by previous visitors for an international research cooperation

Nina Lundahl

The ninth call for applications is open for the HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme. The program funds research visits to nine European countries.

The experiences of previous seasons' visitors have been positive: according to a recent survey, the visitors are satisfied or more than satisfied with the benefits provided by their visit, and they would recommend the program to their research colleagues.

– HPCE3 is a fantastic opportunity to expand your academic network with a post doc position or similar in mind, Atte Sillanpää, Development Manager, Science Support at CSC says encouragingly.

– During the few weeks of your visit, you will have enough time to learn something new, for instance, about a method that the group has been developing. It is easy to fill in the application directly through the web portal, and even the percentage of accepted applications has been high. You can browse through examples and read about earlier visitors' experiences on the program website, he continues.

The HPCE3 website also includes information on the just under two hundred research groups, which have announced that they can work as hosts. The list is not exclusive: new groups are welcome to enroll, for instance, when they come across a good project for cooperation, or find a suitable visitor.

A visit to Finland connected a Greek researcher with a team studying the topical issue of High Entropy Alloys

A Greek researcher in computational material science George Nikoulis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) participated in the PRACE Summer of HPC program organised by PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) in summer 2018. During the program, a professor told them about the HPCE3 visiting program and recommended it as a good opportunity for new researchers. Nikoulis was convinced and decided to apply.

He arrived in Finland in summer 2019 in order to participate in the research group of the "Atomistic Modeling of Nanoparticles" project hosted by Kai Nordlund (University of Helsinki), focusing on High Entropy Alloys.

– First and foremost, I took part in order to learn something new. I didn't actually have much previous knowledge about the research subject of my new team, so the visit was useful for me. It also holds great promises for my future.  Cooperation with my team went well, and I was also introduced to my colleagues' interesting research topics, Nikoulis states.

Tutkijaopiskelija George Nikoulis

Nikoulis stayed in Helsinki for a full three months.  He felt that Helsinki was a friendly city for visitors with all its cycling opportunities. He ended up finding accommodation independently via Airbnb.

Watch an interview with George Nikoulis about his experiences during the HPCE3 visit and tips for other applicants.

Fall applications are now accepted: act now! 

Two calls for applications take place this fall, and the first one closes at the end of September.

– You still have plenty of time to submit an application in the September call for applications. It is recommended that the accepted visits start between November and March, but if you wish to travel later, the following call for applications ends in November, Sillanpää advises, and encourages Finnish researchers to use the program also to lure foreign visitors to join their team in Finland.

CSC supports the internationalisation of researchers, and is happy to help in all matters related to the application process.

HPC-Europa3 (HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme)

HPC-Europa3 is a European Commission program which funds research visits to nine European countries. The visits vary in length from 3 to 13 weeks. The program promotes the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and international research cooperation in all scientific fields. The HPCE3 program covers the visitors' travel and living expenses and provides a small daily allowance. In addition, visitors have access to the HPC center of the hosting country.
Research applicable to the program may represent any field, but high-performance computing has to be involved.

The visitors may come from a university, research institution or SME in any EU member state or Associated State. There is also a quota for external applicants.  The program's goals are to provide support for more than one thousand visits within four years, while also offering approximately 100 million operating hours worth of supercomputer resources.

The program offers:

  • Access to world-class HPC systems
  • Scientific collaboration under host researchers' guidance and support
  • Technical support
  • Travel and living expenses
  • Invitation to an annual researchers' meeting
  • Online research visibility

HPC resources are offered by: CINECA (Bologna - IT), EPCC (Edinburgh - UK), BSC (Barcelona - SP), HLRS (Stuttgart - DE), SurfSARA (Amsterdam - NL), CSC (Espoo - FIN), GRNET (Athens, GR), KTH (Stockholm, SE), ICHEC (Dublin, IE).

Read more about hosting HPC-centers

Please note that it is advisable to apply to the program between two and four months before the start of the expected visit.

Read more about the program and apply

HPC-Europa3 receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.730897.

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Illustration picture: Mikael Kanerva


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