Enlighten Your Research @ EaP 2017: Combining Science with Technology
Winners of the 2017 Enlighten Your Research call for proposals from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region were presented with awards during the 2nd Eastern Partnership E-infrastructures Conference, EaPEC, in Minsk, Belarus, on 28 September 2017.
What is Enlighten Your Research?
To promote the benefits of international-scale research and advanced computer networks, the Eastern Partnership Connect project (EaPConnect) collaborates with leading partners to create an exciting opportunity for research communities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region through the Enlighten Your Research (EYR) program.
The Eastern Partnership is a regional and multilateral initiative between the EU and its six Eastern partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The partnership aims to provide support and assistance for reforms in the region in the fields of democracy, human rights, market economy, sustainability and governance. In line with this, EaPConnect organises a regional edition of the internationally successful Enlighten Your Research program.
The 2017 edition of EYR in the EaP region – known as EYR@EaP 2017 – invited researchers from any discipline and their collaborators to submit proposals that highlight how access to internet and compute technologies could significantly improve their research process.
The EYR@EaP 2017 partners provide and develop high-quality network services for all higher education and research institutions in their respective countries. The EYR@EaP 2017 organising committee consisted of a number of partners from the European national research and education network organisations (NREN) community.
Is your research ready for an international challenge?
Researchers who join Enlighten Your Research discover how e-infrastructure services can help to get the most out of their research. We invited researchers from any discipline to submit a proposal with challenging research questions and a need for technology. The program was open to all ranges of research teams – from novice to expert in the use of information technology – to support their research projects.
What are the benefits?
The final selected projects for EYR@EaP 2017 receive:
- Support and advice on the use of network services and end-to-end network connectivity.
- Connections to e-infrastructure resources through the EaPConnect Partners.
- Commitment to an agreed level of resource provisioning and support for 1 year.
Example infrastructure services and resources that are made available through EYR@EaP 2017 include (but are not limited to):
- Network services
- Cultural heritage digitisation
- Cloud resources
- Compute resources in collaboration with PRACE and SURFsara
- Guidance on open data and open science with OpenAIRE
Selected proposals for the EYR@EaP 2017 programme received one free participation at this year’s Eastern Partnership E-infrastructure Conference, EaPEC2017, in Minsk, Belarus on 27-28 September, organised by EaPConnect. They presented their research project at this conference.
Who were we looking for?
Researchers who want to collaborate! As a collaboration of national research and education networks, or NRENs, we aim to foster international collaborations to accelerate the research and discovery process. To further promote the benefits of computer networks to researchers, through this international program we challenged researchers to stretch the boundaries of their science and collaborate with other countries to perform experiments enabled by the NRENs’ network infrastructure, services and support.
How could researchers submit?
The submission for the first round was very light-weight and closed on 7 April 2017.
The first draft proposals were submitted electronically by answering these questions in an online form:
- What is your primary research objective?
- Do you need to collaborate with other researchers in different countries?
- Presently, what technology do you use in your research?
- In the next 1-2 years, what technology could you use to accelerate your research?
Submission information for EYR@EaP 2017 can be found in the attached files, for your reference:
The documents needed to complete the final proposal were made available during the second round.
Proposals were welcome from researchers who:
- want to collaborate or already collaborates internationally;
- can benefit from access to advanced networks and compute facilities;
- can benefit from collaboration with engineers and (support) experts to improve your research workflow.
There are many organisations in Europe ready to collaborate! From image analysis and synthesis with the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT) to robotics at PSNC, there are many opportunities to collaborate.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read about the 2016 EYR@EaP awards from the EaPEC conference held in Tbilisi, Georgia: