SHAPE THIRTEENTH CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS OPEN FROM 1 APRIL 2021 UNTIL 1 JUNE 2021
The Thirteenth Call for Applications to SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness.
SHAPE aims to work with selected SMEs to introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. The selected solutions should bring a potential tangible Return on Investment to the SME’s business.
The SHAPE process is as follows: The SME applies to the programme via the online or downloadable form (links below) – at this stage assistance is available from PRACE if required, but the form also includes guidelines on the expected content. The applications are then reviewed and rated, based principally on the strength of the business case and technical feasibility of the proposed work. The successful SMEs can then receive machine time on a PRACE system, and most importantly effort from a PRACE expert to work alongside the SME in evaluating and/or developing the HPC-based solution. In return, the SME provides in-kind effort, publicity of their participation in SHAPE, and together with the PRACE expert, produces a public white paper on the work achieved in the project at its conclusion.
PRACE experts will work with the selected SMEs in order to develop their solutions, providing the participating SMEs with the knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision on the selected HPC solution.
Since its inception in 2013, SHAPE has enabled over 60 SMEs located throughout Europe, working in many fields (including computational fluids dynamics, steel casting, medicine, genomics, environment, and renewable energies, artificial intelligence), to demonstrate the concrete benefits of using HPC for improving their competitiveness. Via participation in SHAPE, jobs have been created, costs reduced, contracts won and new and innovative services have been offered.
The Thirteenth Call for Applications to SHAPE opens on Thursday 1 April 2021 with a closing date of Tuesday 1 June 2021. For more information and application visit https://prace-ri.eu/call/shape-13th-call/.