– Open call for pilots is closed –

The EOSC DIH is launching an Open Call for new pilots from any sector. Up to 5 awarded applicants will participate in new pilots that will run between 3-6 months (e.g. June to October 2020) where they will also be able to take advantage of different services provided by the EOSC DIH.

Applications open 2 April 2020 and close 3 May 2020 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time). 

Complete and official information about this Open Call is found in Annex 1 – Open Call Guide for Applications.

Only the information in this document is binding.


The EOSC DIH is an international and multi-partner cooperation that supports private companies in easily accessing the digital technologies, services and human capital offered by the EOSC. It combines four pillars to help companies become more competitive:

  1. Piloting and co-design: where products or services are designed and/or tested.
  2. Technical access: High-throughput, High-performance and cloud computing; machine learning; research data; data management services, as well as several tools and applications available for re-use.
  3. Training and support: technical consultancy, business coaching and funding search.
  4. Visibility: inclusion of company solutions in the EOSC Marketplace, print and online material and exploitation of the EOSC networking and ecosystem opportunities such as joining online communities, event attendance and potential future projects.

There are already several pilots involving various individual companies exploiting these services,  through the EOSC DIH that are developing innovative solutions and bringing them to market in different domains such as sport and biomedicine, cybersecurity, and the environment. More information about current pilot and success stories can be found here.

Who is this programme for?

The EOSC DIH invites the following types of entities to submit an application to this Open Call:

  • Startups/spin-offs
  • SMEs
  • Large enterprises
  • Digital Innovation Hubs
  • Competence Centres
  • Other innovation spaces

Applicants to this EOSC DIH Open Call must be a single entity from the types of entities listed above or small consortia consisting of no more than four multidisciplinary partners.

Applicant eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Run the following type of use case: Pilots/proofs of concepts, Service/product design, PaaS/SaaS integration, Performance verification and-or testing
  • Develop solutions using different services of the EOSC DIH, such as:
    • Technical access: Compute (HTC, HPC, Cloud), Storage (Online/Archive), Data management, Research data, Tools & applications
    • Training & Support: Technical consultancy, Service management, Commercialization & business coaching
  • Not have received public funding for the same purpose from either European or national funding programmes.

What will you receive from the programme?

For those applicants selected in the Open Call programme, access will be provided to the EOSC DIH services and technical and business support in the form of a voucher system valued at up to €10.000 per pilot (no cash payment). The following key services will be provided to support the selected pilots:

  • Access to e-Infrastructure resources and additional technical services to support the use case
  • Expertise and support on prototyping, scaling-up, design, performance verification, testing and demonstration.
  • Facilitate partnerships with other SMEs and industry, innovation clusters, and accelerators.
  • Provide business coaching and training for increased market uptake and exploitation.
  • Support industry applicants to become service providers in the EOSC community.
  • Increase visibility on a European and International level

Open Call structure

The Open Call is structured into four stages. The programme begins with the launch of the Open Call on 2 April 2020 and will run until 3 May 2020, 17:00 CET (Brussels time). 

Stage Overview
LAUNCH The Open Call for pilot use cases will launch on 2 April 2020 and will run until 3 May 2020 (17:00 CET, Brussels time). Interested applicants should read through the documentation and submit their application by the indicated deadline at https://www.f6s.com/eoscdih-opencall/apply. A webinar will be held to provide information about the Open Call including a Q&A session. Questions should be made exclusively through the referred link. Stage duration: 1 month.
EVALUATION AND AGREEMENT All applications will be screened against the eligibility criteria. Applications that are considered eligible will be evaluated by members of the EOSC DIH team. The applications with the highest score will be invited to sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) before implementing their pilot. Stage duration: 1 month.
IMPLEMENTATION Successful applications will implement their pilot as outlined in the SLA and in accordance with their submitted application. Pilots are expected to develop solutions using EOSC DIH services. Applications using multiple services will be evaluated higher. Stage duration: 3-6 months.
REPORTING After the Implementation stage, pilots are expected to report to the EOSC DIH team on the pilot activities, the extent to which the services were used in their pilot, and the socio-economic impact of their pilot. An additional survey will be provided. Promotional activities will be explored and agreed with each pilot. Stage duration: 1 month.


Open Call Submission

The following material is provided as part of this Open Call:

  • Annex 1: Open Call Guide for Applications: present document, which provides information regarding the Open Call for the EOSC DIH.
  • Annex 2: Service Level Agreement Template: provides a template of the agreement that the successful applicants will be requested to sign.

Applicants Registration

Those interested in submitting an application should register at the EOSC DIH F6S page (https://www.f6s.com/eoscdih-opencall). This page will be the main interface for managing the proposal application process of the open call.

Proposal Preparation 

The following steps should be followed, when preparing an application:

  1. All applicants should apply online and answer all mandatory questions at https://www.f6s.com/eoscdih-opencall.
  2. Applicants that do not accept the terms and conditions will not be eligible to submit their application.
  3. Be specific and concise. 
  4. It is highly recommended that applications are submitted well in advance of the deadline. 

Proposals reception

Submissions of applications will be done via the F6S platform on https://www.f6s.com/eoscdih-opencall/apply

The deadline for submissions of applications will be 3 May 2020 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time).