PRACE Launches Fourth Call for Applications Under SHAPE



The Fourth Call is Open from 22 June to 9 September 2016

 PRACE Research Infrastructure.SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) is a pan-European programme supported by PRACE. 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.

Advances in simulation on HPC systems create new business opportunities. Today, the innovation capabilities of many businesses depend on HPC-supported prototyping, modeling and processing. However, SMEs often lack the knowledge and resources to fully take advantage of these possibilities.

SHAPE helps European SMEs overcome those barriers. It equips SMEs with knowledge on advanced design technologies in order to enable the development of new products and services, reduce time-to-market and cost of R&D or increase the service quality. It will foster technological transfer between academia (i.e. PRACE) and industry and facilitate the definition of a workable solution based on HPC and of an appropriate business model.

The Fourth Call for Applications is open from 22 June to 9 September 2016, and aims to work with a few selected SMEs and introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. It is open to all European SMEs that have an interesting idea that can be implemented using HPC. The selected solutions should bring a potential tangible Return on Investment to their business. Following an open selection process based on business and technical criteria, the project work will involve the following:

  • Defining an appropriate HPC model for the selected solution
  • Assessing the solution’s business and technical viability
  • Possibility of using PRACE’s resources in order to test the solution (through PRACE Preparatory Access in an open R&D model).

PRACE experts will work with the selected SMEs in order to develop their solutions, providing the participating SMEs with knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision on the selected HPC solution. Consideration will be given to independent service providers to become involved with the implementation at a later stage

To date SHAPE has been of exceptional use in a wide variety of applications. In one case, SHAPE assisted Albatern, a wave power company in the development of new software to compute large scale, complex simulations of the performance of prototype turbines. In another case, Ergolines were assisted in the development of advanced technologies for process control. Their simulations of liquid metal under electromagnetic stirring were reduced from 15 hours on local systems, to just 20 minutes.

Application: The Fourth Call for Applications to the SHAPE opens on 22 June 2016 with a closing date of 9 September 2016.

The Selection Committee will consist of representatives of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), the PRACE Board of Directors (BoD) and the PRACE IP Project.

For more information on this Programme or support to prepare the application please visit or contact

This article was first published on on Thursday 23 June 2016.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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