NOMAD Laboratory


Nov 14, 2017

NOMAD CoE and HPC-Europa3 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

HPC-Europa3 (HPCE3) is an EC-funded programme which allows researchers to carry out short "transnational access" visits to other countries to collaborate with a research department working in a similar field and provides access to some of the most powerful computers in Europe. NOMAD and HPCE3 have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.


NOMAD develops state-of-the-art data analytics tools to extract new information from the largest computational materials data repository in the world. The HPCE3 researcher visit programme could be used e.g. to fund a research visit to one of the groups actively developing these tools and collaborate in the development of the analytics methods. It is also possible to extend the materials data repository with the HPC resources granted by HPCE3.

Why not visit an interesting research group abroad, create new or strengthen existing collaboration networks, and make use of specific expertise available in other European countries?


General information about HPCE3

HPCE3 finances researcher visits to countries whose high-performance computing centers put their resources at the visitors' disposal. Participating countries are Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK. The HPC-Europa3 programme will continue until April 2021, with the aim of supporting more than 1,000 visits.

The first call, which ended on 07 September 2017, attracted 70 applications, 52 of which were accepted. The deadline for the next call is 16 November 2017, and there will be four calls each year until early 2021.

Applying for HPCE3 visits

The programme is open to researchers of any level, from PhD students to full professors, in any field requiring scientific computing. Visitors can be affiliated with any EU country or associated country and a small quota is available for researchers also from other countries. As a rule, the visitor will not work in the target country's computing centre but will be hosted by a suitable academic research group or an SME. Hundreds of hosts have already signed up and can be browsed (by country) in the application form. If you want to sign up as a host, please contact staff (at) hpc-europa.org.

Applications always concern academic research. The researchers of universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes but also from SMEs can apply for the exchange. Reasonable travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed by the project, which also pays a small daily allowance. The visits can last anywhere from 3 to 13 weeks. 

Applications are evaluated at two stages. The receiving computational center evaluates the technical feasibility and the suitability of the project for HPCE3. At the second stage, an international panel of distinguished researchers evaluates the scientific excellence and selects the visits to be funded. Successful visits can, for example, can focus on creating new or fostering existing international collaborations, accessing computational resources that are not available locally, jointly developing new methodologies or accelerating knowledge exchange.  - or in other words, proposed visits should be for HPC-related projects where working together for a number of weeks will yield clear benefits.

To learn more and apply, visit: http://www.hpc-europa.eu/transnational_access