What is Transnational Access

The project is based on a program of visits, in the form of traditional transnational access, with researchers visiting HPC centres and/or scientific hosts who mentor them scientifically and technically for the best exploitation of the HPC resources in their research. The visitors are financially supported for travel, accommodation and subsistence, and provided with an amount of computing time suitable for the approved project (PLEASE NOTE: the provided funding is not a salary and not meant to cover ALL costs but it is meant to be an help to support the visiting period).

The calls for applications are issued 4 times per year and published online on the HPC-Europa3 website.

It is recommended that researchers apply between 2 and 4 months before the start of their visit. Successful applicants will visit for between 3 and 13 weeks.

A web-based interface has been set-up to submit applications. Detailed guidelines and on-line FAQs are provided to assist the applicants with the process. Each application will be then reviewed independently according to its technical and scientific merits, before being considered by the Scientific Users’ Selection Panel (the review process is described here).

Transnational Access HPC Sites

If you wish to apply for a visit grant and if you intend to spend a research period in one of the 9 countries of the HPC centres part of the project, please read the guidelines and then fill in the on-line form. If you have any question concerning the project or the application procedure feel free to contact us.

The Supercomputing centres participating in the Transnational Access activity are: CINECA (Bologna - IT), EPCC (Edinburgh - UK), BSC (Barcelona - SP), HLRS (Stuttgart - DE), SurfSARA (Amsterdam - NL), CSC (Helsinki - FIN), GRNET (Athens, GR), KTH (Stockolm, SE), ICHEC (Dublin, IE).

Transnational Access Regional programme

One of the new objectives of HPC-Europa3 project is the extension of the geographic coverage of the Transitional Access programme. In this context, HPC-Europa3 visitors from the Baltic and the South East European (including Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership) countries are also highly encouraged to apply.

Moreover, a new opportunity for less experienced in HPC researchers from these countries has been implemented through the so called Regional Access sub-programme.

There are three main differences between the Transitional Access programme and the Regional Access sub-programme:

  • Only users from the Baltic and the South East European countries are allowed to apply to the Regional Access sub-programme.
  • The HPC centres that will be hosting the Regional Access sub-programme visitors are KTH-PDC (Sweden) for the visitors from the Baltic countries and GRNET (Greece) for the visitors from the South East European countries.
  • Only applicants from the Baltic and the South East European countries that have "no" or "little" experience in HPC will be allowed to apply for the Regional Access sub-programme.

Other than these three points, there aren't any differences between the Transitional Access programme and the Regional Access sub-programme.

So, summarizing, if you are an applicant from one of the Baltic or Western Balkan countries and have "no" or "a little" experience in using HPC systems, you should apply to Swedish and Greek centres respectively. A warning will appear you if the correspondence between your country and the selected host centre location is not fulfilling this requirement.

For questions related Regional Access Programme for the Baltic countries feel free to contact Dr. Lilit Axner at lilit (at) kth.se

For questions related Regional Access Programme for the South East European an countries feel free to contact Dr. Evangelia Athanasaki at eathan (at) grnet.gr