HPC-Europa3 - Services for Research
HPC-Europa3: EC-funded research visits
HPC-Europa is an EC programme which funded researchers to carry out short "transnational access" visits to other countries to collaborate with another research group and provides access to supercomputers at the host country.
The programme has ended in 04/2022: thank you all visitors and hosts!
Countries and their HPC centers that accept visitors in HPC-Europa3 programme.
The limitations on travel are lifting but also the programme is ending and all visits have to complete by end of April 2022 (technically, the visit can continue beyond, but no costs incurred after that date will be reimbursed). Dut the still ongoing COVID restrictions, HPCE3 visits can be rescheduled flexibly. Please check the current regulations of your home and host institutes. VisitFinlad site has practical information for travelers to Finland during corona pandemic and RE-OPEN offers traveling information for whole of Europe.
For visitors: choose from these countries
The programme funds researcher visits to countries whose high-performance computing centers provide resources for the visitors. These are Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, or the UK (Sweden has already hosted all its quota!). A thousand research groups have listed themselves in the HPC-Europa3 host list, which you can browse. If the group you want to visit is not listed ask them to sign up.
Finnish researchers can apply for visits in total of nine European countries. The call for the HPC-Europa3 visits is open all the time, but applications are reviewed four times per year. Applications are submitted electronically through the HPC-Europa3 project website and assessed by an international scientific panel.
For hosts: invite a collaborator to work with you
If your group is not yet in the host list, sign up as a host on HPC-Europa3 website. You can also suggest a new or known collaborator to submit an application to visit your group. You just need to fill in a "host support form" where you confirm you want to host the visitor.
Over a thousand visits accepted
The first fifteen calls have had a varying number of applications totaling in 763 accepted research visits. Finland could host many more visitors. Overall in the programme the acceptance ratio has been 80% which is also very high. There will be four calls each year and the call deadlines can be found at the HPC-Europa3 project website. Click the interactive research visit map below to see how people collaborate
Visitors are asked to give feedback after the visit. The next are verbatim quotes from visitors to Finland in 2018:
- The HPC3 Program provides an excellent opportunity to visit new research environments and collaborate with local researchers
- Visiting institutions with technical expertise and large computing facilities for free! What's not to love?
Amazingly more than 99% of the visitors have been either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their visits.
Visits can vary 3–13 weeks
The programme is open to researchers of any level, from PhD students to full professors, in any field able to make use of scientific computing. As a rule, the visitor will not work in the target country's computing center but will be hosted by a suitable academic research group.
Applications always concern academic research. The researchers of universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes but also from commercial companies can apply for a visit. Reasonable travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed by HPCE3. A visit can last 3–13 weeks and a researcher can make more than one visit as long as the new visits involve a new project. The HPCE3 site also lists interesting training events that can be combined with visits.
Why not visit an interesting research group abroad, invite a collaborator to your group, create new or strengthen existing collaboration networks, and make use of specific expertise or hardware available in other European countries?
Learn more and sign up:
- HPC-Europa3 flyer
- Email support and any questions related to visits to/from Finland: hpc-europa (at) csc.fi
- Success stories from recent visits to Finland: Juris and Armin, Volker, Fred, George and Anja.