Researchers, research institutions, and tender (buyer) groups can take advantage of the OCRE project's cloud vouchers, which are FREE at the point of the user. This is part of OCRE's aim of stimulating the uptake of commercial digital services by researchers.
OCRE has put in place several agreements with various organisations and projects that are authorised to evaluate applications for these vouchers for their community members. OCRE is currently in discussion with other potential distributors to further provide this opportunity for more researchers.
Researchers and research communities can apply to the EOSC Early Adopter Programme where OCRE has set aside €100,000 in vouchers for applications through EOSC-hub. Applications are accepted periodically through Calls. As of the end of 2019, the 1st and 2nd Calls have been concluded. The 3rd Call will be launched in 2020.
As a direct path to the long-tail of science - the grassroots researchers, OCRE has entered into an agreement with Eurodoc and the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) to distribute cloud vouchers to their members that apply for them. Applicants we're asked to answer a survey that provided input to OCRE's researcher requirements gathering activities. Applications for these have now closed and the vouchers are now being distributed through Eurodoc and MCAA.
OCRE will make available €400,000 to individual researchers, through a voucher model, via the following suppliers selected from the current GÉANT IaaS framework:
After the conclusion and announcement of the new resulting services from the OCRE tender, €2.035 million will be made available for use by individual researchers, research institutions for the resulting cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). However, only institutions that have expressed interest to be included in the OCRE Tender before the deadline closed on September 2019 can apply for these.
As the tender hasn't been concluded yet, these next set of commercial cloud services are still being identified. To keep up to date, we recommend you to join the OCRE Community Network or inquire about the vouchers to be the first to know about them and new services.
Same as the case of the OCRE Cloud Vouchers, €2.475 million in vouchers will be made available for individual researchers, and research institutions to use for digital Earth Observation services resulting from the OCRE tender.
As the tender hasn't been concluded yet, the digital Earth Observation services are still being identified. To keep up to date, we recommend you to join the OCRE Community Network or inquire about the vouchers to be the first to know about them and new services.