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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: bid now!

 The Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud HNSciCloud is a €5.3 million Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research.

It covers the procurement of R&D services for the design, prototype development and pilot use of innovative cloud services.

Participation in the tendering procedure is open on equal terms to all types of economic operators from any country in the world, regardless of their geographic location, size or governance structure. However, a minimum of 50 % of the contracted R&D services must be performed in the EU Member States or countries associated to the European Union Framework Programme HORIZON 2020.

The deadline for the submission of bids is 19 September 2016 at 12:00 hrs (CEST)

Bid now!


Towards the European Open Science Cloud

CERN has recently published a paper which outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.
On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & HNI Co-Coordinator, was invited by the European Commission to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’ at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting. The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure...



€5.3 million tender for Hybrid Cloud Platform serving science
21 Jul 2016
Today Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) launched a €5.3 million tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform. The purpose of the platform is to support the deployment...
HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC)
23 Jun 2016
On the 17th of March 2016, CERN hosted the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC) event. The event brought together over 40 representatives of European public-private...



“CERN’s computing capacity needs to keep-up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula- the Science Cloud...
Next Generation DNA Sequencing technologies have had a huge impact on how biological and medical research are performed today. It has helped large-scale...
The European Space Agency (ESA), in partnership with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in France and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is...
Medical research in neurodegenerative diseases, both academic and industrial (pharmaceutical), greatly benefits from the results of MRI and PET data processing...


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.