The Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement support action funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.

HNSciCloud aims to create a competitive marketplace of innovative cloud services serving scientific users from a wide range of domains. The marketplace builds on a hybrid cloud platform including commercial cloud service providers, publicly funded e-infrastructures and buyers’ in-house resources.

To achieve these objectives HNSciCloud will issue a public tender in 2016 and invites all interested European public-private cloud service providers to join the HNSciCloud Open Market Consultation on 17 March 2016 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Open Market Consultation (OMC) aims to gather input and feedback from all interested firms & end-users in an open dialogue and in an exchange of information to broach the views of the market about the intended R&D scope & the feasibility of producing designs, building prototypes and expanding these into pilots within the required timescales and budget.

This is a one-day conference with firms interested in participating in a Pre-Commercial Procurement as announced in the Prior Information Notice (PIN).

All information provided to participants during the OMC (including Q&A) will be published online on the Helix Nebula website after the event.

Stakeholders interested in attending the Open Market Consultation event are invited to complete the following Application Form by Monday 29th February 2016 (also accessible through: