SHAPE Access: Information for Applicants

SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) is a pan-European initiative supported by the PRACE project. The Programme aims to raise awareness and provide European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by High-Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness. The programme allows SMEs to benefit from the expertise and knowledge developed within the top-class PRACE Research Infrastructure. Getting SMEs to adopt HPC can be challenging. There are a number of barriers to HPC adoption by SMEs such as a lack of in-house expertise or a lack of available manpower. SMEs may have little or no access to suitable hardware, and an SME may be unwilling to take on the risk of committing to HPC without prior experience. By utilising HPC, an SME has the potential to improve product quality via an enhanced performance and accuracy of their models, or by reducing time to delivery, or by providing innovative new services to their customers. Ultimately this can increase their competitiveness. SHAPE is there to help overcome the barriers faced by SMEs and allow them to get a foot on the HPC ladder. Successful applicants to the SHAPE programme get dedicated effort from a PRACE HPC expert as well as access to machine time at a PRACE centre. This will usually be on a supercomputing resource, but where appropriate, access to more novel hardware such as GPU nodes or visualisation suites is granted. In return the SME commits a comparable amount of effort and provides their domain expertise. In collaboration with the SME, the PRACE partner helps them try out their ideas for utilising HPC to enhance their business.

Eligibility for SHAPE

SHAPE is open to SMEs which meet the following criteria:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  •  Hungary
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel
  •  Italy
  •  Luxembourg
  •  Netherlands
  •  Norway
  •  Poland
  • Portugal
  •  Slovakia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Spain
  •  Sweden
  •  Switzerland
  •  Turkey
  •  United Kingdom


For any queries related to applications or eligibility please contact: SHAPE Team.