FAQ

What is NoR?

The Earth Observation Network of Resources (NoR) initiative promotes the use of European resource and platform services to facilitate simplified and efficient exploitation of EO data in cloud environments. The Network of Resources (NoR) call is linked to the Open Science Earth Observation (OSEO) initiative and offers the opportunity to exploit EO data collocated in a cloud environment using Resource Tier and Platform Tier Services to research, development, or pre-commercial users which are of scientific or value-adding nature. The call is open to users from ESA Member States participating to the Earth Observation Envelope Program (EOEP-5). The evaluation of eligible user requests is performed by ESA.


How to become a NoR user?

The NoR call offers to users from ESA member states participating to the Earth Observation Envelope Program 5 (EOEP5) the opportunity to exploit ICT resources and platform services in support to eligible research, development or pre-commercial activities.

The member states currently participating to EOEP5 are: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

Proposals can be submitted at any time for evaluation via the dedicated website.

Following submission, each proposal will be reviewed. Based on the review outcome, ESA may decide to select only a portion of the proposed project, in which case the investigator will be given the opportunity to accept or decline such partial acceptance. Also, ESA reserves the right to propose alternative planning for the approved activities to better match with the available resources. Typical project duration is expected to be six months (maximum one year).

Please check the Guidelines for Network of Resources (NoR) Proposal Submission.

All selected Principal Investigators (PI) will be required to submit:

  • A first report one month after start to confirm that access to the required resources has been granted
  • A progress report 3 months after start to update the status of the activities and eventual issues
  • A final report at project closure, including a rating of the received service

Consumption of the provided ICT resources will be monitored and in case of misuse of the allocated resources, ESA reserves the right to close the project before its formal end. Upon invitation, PIs may be requested to present their results at symposiums or specialised workshops to be organised by ESA (e.g. ESA EO Open Science annual conference).

If you are not from one of the member states, you can still order from the NoR Portal and pay for services but you won’t be able to submit a proposal for funding to ESA.


How to become a NoR provider?

The tender for Resource Tier Providers is already closed. The current tender (open call) is for platform services in order to further complement the NoR service portfolio. For More information.

Overview of the process:

  1. Select www.nor-tender.cloudeo.group.
  2. Register your company in the tender platform.
  3. Download the documents.
  4. Fill in the forms and follow the instructions in the tender conditions to submit your proposal.
  5. Get listed as a NoR Service Provider. As a result of the present Best Practice ITT, cloudeo will conclude NoR Service Provider Framework Contracts with all qualified providers.
  6. Get your service listed on the NoR Portal. To get your service listed, you must complete the onboarding process as described in the Statement of Work (SoW).
  7. Receive an order and get paid. As soon as your service is listed in the NoR Portal, customers can select and order the service. Upon a binding order, cloudeo will purchase the respective service from you by placing a so called "NoR Service Demand".